Canada has trimmed their roster by two players as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics inches closer.
Defenceman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Toronto, CWHL) and forward Amy Potomak (Aldergrove, B.C./Minnesota, WCHA) were released by Hockey Canada on Nov. 20.
“I would like to thank Hockey Canada for the opportunity to be part of centralization over the last couple of months. It has been an incredible experience to be part of this journey,” said Ambrose. “I wish my teammates nothing but the best as they move forward and will be cheering for them every step of the way.”
Twenty-six players remain on Canada’s centralization roster: three goalies, eight defencemen and 15 forwards. Canada plans to field a 23-player roster for the 2018 Olympic Games (including three goalies).
“I would like to thank Hockey Canada and my teammates who have pushed me to become a better person and player and have supported me through centralization. I also want to thank the fans for their support throughout my journey,” said Potomak. “I am disappointed right now but I understand it’s not my time and this will make me better moving forward. I’m going to take some time and decide what my next steps are. I wish Team Canada the best of luck moving forward.”
Potomak was the youngest player on the Team Canada roster. Her older sister, Sarah Potomak, remains at centralization with Team Canada.
Ambrose had two assists in four games during the recent 4 Nations Cup where Canada fell to the U.S. in the gold medal game. Potomak was kept off the scoreboard through four games.
Canada’s National Women’s team will continue its Esso Series schedule and U.S. series games in St. Paul, Minn. on Dec. 3, Winnipeg on Dec. 5, San Jose, Calif. on Dec. 15 and Edmonton on Dec. 17.
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