Three members of the Boston University women’s hockey team, rising senior goaltender Corinne Schroeder, rising junior netminder Kate Stuart, and incoming freshman defender Andriana Calderone, have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp. Assistant coach Tara Watchorn will return as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Women’s Under-18 Team.
As a junior last season, Schroeder posted a .934 save percentage, fourth in the Division I, and a 1.54 goals-against average (GAA), fifth in the NCAA, en route to setting single-season program records in both categories. Additionally, the Elm Creek, Man. native recorded a 16-7-3 record as well as four shutouts, earning Hockey East Second Team All-Star and New England Division I All-Star honors.
In tandem with Schroeder, Stuart notched an 8-1-1 record, a .938 save percentage, 1.58 GAA, and her first collegiate shutout. Together, the two goaltenders were key to the Terriers finishing the season as the fourth-best defense in Division I, statistically speaking, as the team allowed just 1.61 goals-against per game and a mere one goal-against at even-strength.
Calderone spent the last two seasons with Quebec’s John Abbott College. During the 2019-20 campaign, the left-shot defender posted three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 19 games before being named as the team’s MVP. The year prior, Calderone registered 3-9-12 totals, earning the team’s Rookie of the Year selection.
As a player, Watchorn carded an illustrious career on the blueline for the Terriers, the Boston Blades of the CWHL, and the Canadian National Women’s Team, highlighted by a gold medal in Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Watchorn helped guide Canada’s U18 squad to a silver medal at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.
Fifty players in total (eight goaltenders, 16 defenders, and 26 forwards) were named to the Development Team Summer Camp roster. The program will be held virtually through weekly meetings until the athletes return to their respective collegiate programs in the fall.
“It is important to recognize the accomplishment of these athletes being identified in our program at the under-18 and development level; they are a big part of our future moving forward,” Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams with Hockey Canada, said in a statement.
“The virtual sessions taking place allow us to connect and educate our athletes on their development. We are also trying to take advantage of this opportunity to connect our next-gen athletes with our current senior athletes, creating a strong tie between generations of our program.”
Per Hockey Canada, as the virtual meetings progress through the summer, the athletes will cover topics ranging from at-home strength and conditioning plans, mental performance plans and check-ins, nutrition, dry-land skills, skating simulations, team-building activities, short-term international competition preparation and meetings with coaches.
The online sessions will also occur up to twice weekly, with critical information being communicated to athletes to allow them to continue to evolve as high-performance athletes in this new environment, and will utilize the strengths and experience of Canada’s National Women’s Program leadership to help connect one-on-one, athlete-to-athlete.