PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Christina Putigna has been selected to Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and will compete in a three-game series against USA Hockey in Calgary, Alberta from Aug. 14-21. Bob Deraney will serve as the Head Coach of the US Under-22 Team that will face off against Putigna.
Putigna has been selected to Development Team after playing her first season at Providence in 2015-16. Putigna finished second among her teammates in points, with 28. The freshman forward scored 11 goals and tallied 17 assists. Putigna tallied eight power-play goals, which ranked fourth in the NCAA and second in Hockey East.
Putigna recorded six multi-point games and enjoyed an eight-game point streak. She was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month for November, Rookie of the Week twice (Nov. 23 and Nov. 30), and was a Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection. Putigna finished third among Hockey East freshmen in scoring (7-11-18).
Putigna made the 23-player squad out of 43 players invited to the Summer Showcase training camp. Following the series, Putigna will be in contention to make the Canadian team that will play in the 2017 Nations Cup in Germany.
Justin Simpson, the Director of Hockey Operations at Providence, will serve as the video coach for the Canadian National Women’s Development Team at the 2017 Nations Cup in Germany.
Bob Deraney will serve as the Head Coach of the U.S. Under-22 Team that will compete against Putigna in Calgary. Deraney previously served as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team that captured gold at the World Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
Deraney has led the Providence College women’s hockey team since joining the program for the 1999-2000 season. In his tenure with the program he has guided Providence to three Hockey East Tournament titles (`03, `04, `05), three additional Hockey East Tournament finals appearances (`07, `08, `12), three Hockey East Regular Season titles (`03, `05, `10), one ECAC Tournament Championship (`02) and one NCAA Tournament appearance (`05). He has also mentored five All-Americans (Sara DeCosta in 1999 and 2000; Jessica Tabb in 2001; Kelli Halcisak in 2003 and 2004; Kristen Gigliotti in 2006; Karen Thatcher in 2006) and five Olympians (Thatcher, DeCosta, Mari Pehkonen, Laurie Baker and Genevieve Lacasse).
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