CALGARY, Alta. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey student-athlete, Ivana Bilic, has been named to Canada’s Women’s National Development team for the 2016 Nations Cup in Germany. Bilic is one of 22 players selected to the roster.
“It’s an honor and a great feeling to put on the jersey of your home country,” said Bilic. “I just want to go out there and work hard and showcase what I can do.”
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team will look to defend its gold medal at the 2016 Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany, Jan. 4-7. Six national teams from Finland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Canada will compete in the four-day international tournament.
Bilic is one of seven defenseman selected to the roster and features four players from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native is tied for the team lead in points (2g-9a=11) as a defensemen and is the NCAA leader in blocked shots with 49.
“Ivana is just a tremendous player,” said head coach Jim Scanlan. “I’m thrilled she has this opportunity to represent her country and Bemidji State in a big tournament like this.”
Bilic and No. 5/6 Bemidji State will return to action this weekend when they play a home-and-home series with No. 9 North Dakota and will face-off with Rebecca Kohler from UND who was also selected to Team Canada.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).