Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Robert Morris University women's hockey freshman goaltender Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) earned an invite to participate in Canada's National Women's Program strength and conditioning camp, which will be taking place next week between May 7-11 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
The invitation list consists of 53 candidates for Canada's National Women's Under-18 team and 51 candidates for Canada's National Women's Development Team. The camp consists of five days of off-ice fitness training and on-ice sessions, and it is considered an important first step in pinpointing the country's future women's hockey stars, including those who could one day be in the running to play for Canada's National Women's Team.
"The RMU community is very happy and proud for Jessica," said head coach Paul Colontino. "She has worked very hard this past year in her first year of college and is well deserving of this opportunity."
Dodds enjoyed a historic freshman campaign, capturing College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Year honors. She was also selected to the All-CHA First Team and All-United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Rookie Team. The netminder paced the rookie class in practically every statistical category, leading them in wins (21), winning percentage (.776), goals against average (1.66), save percentage (.932), and shutouts (5). Nationally, she ranked among the top 10 nationally in those statistics: winning percentage (4th), wins (t-5th), goals against average (7th), shutouts (t-7th), and save percentage (10th).
With her selection, Dodds will be in consideration for the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 Women's World Championship, 2015 Meco Cup, and other competitions with Canada's National Women's Team.
Dodds is one of eight goaltenders on the roster and the only one representing the CHA.
Robert Morris finished the season with a program record 24 wins, shattering the previous mark of 19 set in the 2011-12 campaign. The Colonials also received votes in both national polls to end 2013-14, extending their streak of 17 straight weeks being recognized by the rankings.