OHA's Knowles named to Team Canada

Dec 07, 2015

CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced Monday the 23 players that will represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship.

Olivia_Knowles_crop.jpgOkanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep defenceman Oliva Knowles (Campbell River, BC) was named to the squad that will compete in St. Catharines, Ontario from Jan. 8-15.

“The Okanagan Hockey Academy is very excited for Olivia,” said OHA Female Prep head coach Jim Fetter. “We are happy that she will get to represent her country in her homeland. We want to wish her and the rest of Team Canada the best of luck in St. Catharines.”

Knowles has appeared in 26 games with the OHA Female Prep team so far this season, recording four goals and seven assists.

Knowles and Canada will wrap up the preliminary portion of the tournament on January 11 when they take on OHA Female Prep goaltender Alex Gulstene (Vancouver, BC) and Team USA.

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