The Canadian women’s hockey team for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing includes Ashton Bell of Deloraine, Kristen Campbell of Brandon and Ste. Anne’s Jocelyne Larocque.
Hockey Canada announced its 23-player roster on Tuesday and the three Manitobans will compete for gold next month.
Larocque, who will be playing in her third Olympics, is one of 13 players returning to the team that brought home silver from the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Team Canada is bringing seven defensemen to Beijing including Larocque and Bell.
Larocque and her blueline partner Renata Fast are the only returnees on the Team Canada defense.
Bell, who celebrated her 22nd birthday last month, represented Canada at the 2016 & 2017 World U18 Hockey Championship and spent the past four years at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Campbell, Ann-Renee Desbiens and Emerance Maschmeyer will be Team Canada’s goaltenders in Beijing.
Campbell backstopped Canada to an 8-0 victory over Finland in November in her National Team debut while Desbiens and Maschmeyer each played three games in the Canada-United States Rivalry Series.
Larocque, Bell and Campbell were on Team Canada’s roster that won gold at the 2021 World Women’s Hockey Championship last August in Calgary.
Canada, the United States, Switzerland, Finland and ROC will play in Group A in Beijing and all five teams automatically qualify for the quarterfinals.
Canada will play its preliminary round opener on February 2nd against Switzerland.