Chilliwack’s Kate Stuart selected for national camp

Hockey Canada views the netminder as a candidate for its U-18 national team.

Chilliwack native Kate Stuart will try to impress Hockey Canada brass at a strength and conditioning camp in Hamilton, ON.

Chilliwack goaltender Kate Stuart has been invited to Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp, taking place May 3–7 in Hamilton, ON.

Eighty three players received invites, only four from B.C.

Stuart, who plays for the Kelowna-based Pursuit of Excellence Academy, is one of 50 players viewed as candidates for the national U-18 team.

In Hamilton, she will participate in on and off-ice sessions that introduce and reinforce Hockey Canada’s expectations in areas such as nutrition, mental conditioning, physical fitness, testing and training.

“Our strength and conditioning camp is an opportunity for us to further assess players we’ve targeted for the national team program, and this year is a kick-off of our planning for the next quadrennial as we look to build the athlete pipeline to 2022 and beyond,” said Hockey Canada women’s team general manager Melody Davidson. “Players are given a much clearer picture of the expectations of a national team athlete and a personalized pathway to give them the best opportunity to continue to be part of the national team program.”

Following the strength and conditioning camp, Hockey Canada scouts will continue to evaluate Stuart at provincial camps and other events.