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December Snapshots: A round-up of local sports happenings

By Ottawa Sports Pages

Carp’s Mason McTavish named to WJHC Roster

On Dec. 12, Carp, Ont. native Mason McTavish was named to Hockey Canada’s 25-man roster for the upcoming 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. The third overall pick by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2021, McTavish made his NHL debut this season, scoring two goals and adding an assist in nine games. Now, the 18-year-old forward joins standouts Owen Power and Connor Bedard as Canada begins the quest for its 19th gold medal when it takes on the Czech Republic on Dec. 26.

2 Ottawa soccer players selected for Team Canada’s U-17 women’s camp

Goalkeeper Sofia Cortes-Browne and forward Rosa Maalouf will participate in identification camps organized by Canada’s national women’s soccer program this winter. Cortes-Browne comes from Ottawa South United SC, while Maalouf represents Ottawa Internationals SC. Both girls are born in 2006. The camp began in December and will see Canada send its Women’s U-17 National Team on a 10-day trip to Mexico, highlighted by two international matches in Mexico City.

Potential Canadian women’s soccer league not good enough, player says

On Dec. 7, the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), an American amateur soccer organization with 135 teams across 13 divisions, teased an expansion to Canada in a social media post but received staunch criticism from one of Canada’s best female players. National team goalie and Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Labbé spoke out against the announcement on Twitter, noting the league’s existing makeup is 70 per cent student-athletes and would not offer acceptable professional competition for Canadian players. Ottawa’s Vanessa Gilles, also a member of the national team, said back in October that she thinks a women’s pro soccer league would do “tremendously well” in Canada, but needs proper investors to succeed.

Canada para-hockey sweeps South Korea in four-game tournament in Nova Scotia

Canada’s para-hockey team destroyed South Korea in Bridgewater, N.S., from Nov. 14-19, outscoring their opponent 31-1 over four games. Gatineau, Que.’s Anton Jacobs-Webb scored once and added six assists while Tyrone Henry and Ben Delaney – both from the Ottawa area – combined for one point.

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