CALGARY, Alberta – Bemidji State University women’s hockey incoming freshman Kendra Fortin is one of 23 women invited to participate in Canada’s National Under-18 Team Summer Development Camp. The camp is part of Team Canada’s summer development camp and will take place July 29-August 9 at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
The under-18 roster is comprised of three goaltenders, seven defenders and 13 forwards and includes five players with ties to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
“My family and I are proud and honored to be selected to the Under-18 roster again this year and I am really looking forward to participating in camp, especially after being out of competition for the last year and half,” said Fortin. “I am excited to get a chance to compete at the highest level further develop as a player as well as to shake the rust of and really be prepared to begin my Bemidji State hockey career.”
A full roster can be found, here.
Fortin, a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, earned a spot on the roster for the second consecutive summer, but was unable to participate in on-ice activities a year ago as the camp was pushed to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also competed nationally as a member of Team Ontario’s Under-18 in the 2019-20 national championships and participated in the Under-16 Ontario Summer games in 2018.
Fortin was a member of the Etobicoke Dolphins of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in 2020-21, but like many hockey leagues around the world, was limited mostly to skill development and one-on-one instruction due to the pandemic. Prior to making the move to Toronto, Fortin played two seasons for the Thunder Bay Queens, which included a 2019-20 season during which the Queens posted a 41-14-4 record and assembled a 10-game winning streak, while allowing just 2.01 goals per game.
“As with the rest of our athletes, the pandemic has limited the on-ice opportunities for this group, and we know this camp will provide a great opportunity for these athletes to get familiar with Canada’s National Women’s Program and to participate in a highly-competitive camp before heading to school for the upcoming season,” said Hockey Canada Director of Operations Gina Kingsbury.
Hockey Canada alumna Noémie Marin, Head Coach at John Abbott College, will lead the NextGen athletes as head coach, alongside assistant coaches: Chelsea Grills, of University of Ottawa, Cassie Turner, of Quinnipiac University, and goaltending coach Amanda Tapp.
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 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.