Three Wildfire players vying for Team Canada

Local ringette fans will be hoping that the Waterloo Wildfire will have some representation on Team Canada 2010. Tryouts begin today at The University of Guelph’s Gryphon Centre.
Ironically two of the three Wildfire players are University of Guelph students and both are hoping to win a defense spot. Veteran Stefanie McArdle whose hometown is Ottawa played with the 2008 national team, while Kerith Gordon from Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Wildfire rookie picked up in the second round of the National Ringette Leagie’s July entry draft is one of the younger hopefuls.
Centre, Bryanna Kelly of Beamsville is the other Waterloo player at the tryouts. She attends Wilfrid Laurier University and is entering her second year with the Wildfire, having been the team’s first draft pick in 2009 and winner the Wildfire Rookie of the Year Award.
Tryouts run until Sunday at the Guelph site.
At the conclusion of the camp, between two and six athletes will be released and the remaining athletes will participate in a second selection camp in January 2010. The final Team Canada playing squad will be announced in May of 2010. Canada will be looking to avenge the 5-4 overtime loss they faced to Finland at the last world ringette championship, which was held in Ottawa, Ontario in November 2007.