Saanichton’s Micah Hart is on the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team’s centralization roster, to be based in Calgary in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. (Hockey Canada)

Saanichton’s Micah Hart on roster of hockey players shooting for their Olympic dreams

Hart has been invited to the National Women’s Team fitness and centralization camps, preparing the team for 2018 Games in South Korea

Micah Hart will be in Calgary this summer, trying to earn a spot on the roster of Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team — and a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The Saanichton native has been included on the 28-player roster, announced today (May 11), for the National Women’s Team that will gather in Calgary this August in preparation for next year’s Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. She is on the list of nine defencemen and will be battling for one of 23 final roster spots on the team.

Hart, 20, plays for the Cornell University Big Red in Ithaca, New York and was named team captain for the 2016/17 season – just the second sophomore in that school’s program history. Last season she scored five goals and had 11 assists over 32 games for the Big Red.

She also played for Canada at the IIHF World women’s U18 Championship in 2015 and for Canada under-22 development team, helping them take gold at the 2016 Nations Cup in Germany.

Hockey Canada has invited 21 players from the team that captured silver at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Plymouth, Michigan, as well as 14 players who won golf at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Player fitness testing starting later this month, according to Hockey Canada and from there, they move on to Calgary in August, based out of the Markin McPhail Centre at Winsports’ Canada Olympic Park.

The final 23-player roster could be chosen by late December.

— with files from Hockey Canada