May 2, 2013
CALGARY, Canada -
Former women's ice hockey goaltender Genevieve Lacasse '12 was named as one of the 27 players that will be centralized in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre in the Canada Olympic Park with Canada's Women's National Team for the 2013-14 season. The team will prepare for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in Sochi, Russia from Feb.7-23. It was announced by Hockey Canada on Thursday, April 25.
"We could not be happier for Genevieve," Head Coach Bob Deraney of the Providence College women's ice hockey team shared on Lacasse's accomplishment. "She has had to climb every rung of the ladder to get to this point and has committed the last 5 years of her life to put herself in this position. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Genevieve grow into the elite athlete she has become mentally, physically and skillfully."
Lacasse is one of three goaltenders that will be centralized. The team will travel to Calgary for orientation and fitness testing at the end of May. Lacasse and the rest of the 2013-14 roster will return in August as they start training full-time with Hockey Canada.
"Her style and ability to play the puck has changed the way the goaltending position is viewed in our sport and she deserves to be among the best in the world," Deraney continued. "She is determined and committed to get to the top of the mountain and this is just the next stop along the way and I know she is far from satisfied."
During the 2013-14 season, the centralized players will compete in the 4 Nations Cup that will take place in Lake Placid, N.Y. during Nov. 2013. The Canadian National Team will also compete in a series of games against the U.S. National Program and roughly 30 games with midget AAA boys' teams from Alberta Midget Hockey League.
Lacasse has been a member of the Candian National Program since 2009, when she was invited to participate in the 2009 Under-22 camp. Since then, she has won gold at the World Championships during the spring of 2012 in Burlington, Vt. She also competed in the 12 Nations Tournament (2011), Under-22 MLP Cup (2011), Hockey Canada Evaluation Camp (2010 and 2011) and was a member of the Under-22 Team (2010). Lacasse and the Canadian National Team competed in the Four Nations Tournament from Nov. 6-10, 2012 in Vantaa, Finland, where the Canadians took silver. She last competed with the Canadian National Team in Ottawa, Canada at the IIHF World Championships, where the Canadians came away with silver.
During her four year career, Lacasse broke numerous Providence College records and was the captain during her senior campaign. The four-year starter holds records for the most career victories (64), career games played (127), career saves (3,482) and career shutouts (20). She also set Hockey East records for saves in a single tournament (127) and career tournament saves (276).
Canada's final roster for the 2014 Olympics will be determined by no later than the end of December.