Kessler, Vaillancourt Named to Canada's Four Nations Roster
Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 joins former teammate Christina
Kessler '10 on Team Canada (David Silverman).
Canadian Four Nations Cup Roster
CALGARY, Alta. – Former Harvard women's ice hockey players Christina Kessler '10 and Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 have been named to the Canadian National Team roster in advance of the Four Nations Cup, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday. This will be Kessler's debut with the senior national team while Vaillancourt helped the Canadians win gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Kessler will see her first action with the Canadian National Team after a storied career with the Crimson. The Ontario native finished her collegiate career as the NCAA record holder for career save percentage (9.414) and as Harvard's winningest goaltender with 64 career victories. Her 21 career shutouts stand as a team record and her 12 shutouts during the 2007-08 season are an all-time team mark as well.
Vaillancourt joins the roster as one of 14 players who helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Vancouver games. In 2008, Vaillancourt became the most recent Crimson player to win the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, leading the squad to a No. 1 national ranking and a trip to the 2008 Frozen Four. Vaillancourt finished her career seventh in team history with 237 points and fifth in career goals with 106.
Kessler, Vaillancourt and team Canada will face Katey Stone and the United States in the second game of the Four Nations Cup Nov. 9 in St. John's, N.L.