TORONTO, ON – There are a few roster changes for Team Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams at the Lake Placid 2023 World University Games.
UPEI forward Kyle Maskimovich has been replaced by Concordia’s Tyler Hylland at the team’s training camp in Ottawa after suffering an injury. Meanwhile, MRU Cougars captain Tatum Amy has been replaced by Toronto Varsity Blues forward Céline Frappier on the women’s side.
Maksimovich, a fourth-year at UPEI, came into the FISU training camp with 13 goals and 26 points in 20 games this season and was also one of the holdovers from the Lucerne 2021 roster that never saw the ice. He posted an assist on UPEI’s opening goal against the UNB Reds in a 5-4 win on Jan. 7
Replacing him, Hylland, a left-winger, was listed among the alternate options for the Games and comes into the team having scored three goals and 11 points in 16 games with Concordia.
MRU’s Tatum Amy, in her senior season with the Cougars had been enjoying a career year with seven goals and 25 points in just 20 games, and told 49 Sports ahead of the FISU Games, “I’m excited that I don’t know what it will be like… and to play alongside players and individuals that I’ve never met before, just maybe played against a few times.”
Toronto’s Frappier steps in on the women’s side, as a defensively responsible forward with four assists on the season, with her contributions lifting the Varsity Blues to the top spot in the OUA, including a 6-2 win over the #2 OUA East Nipissing Lakers on Jan. 8.
The 24-year-old has international expiereince having won a silver medal at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships with Team Canada in 2016 in her final season with the PWHL’s Toronto Aeros. After her minor hockey days, she went on to play four seasons at Mercyhurst in the NCAA, beofre switching to the University of Toronto to pursue her Masters of Education
Canada’s women’s hockey team opens their tournament against Team Slovakia on Jan. 11, while the men open on Jan. 12 against Team Ukraine.
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