Mississauga teen and Canadian U18 women’s teammates head to world championships


Published December 16, 2022 at 3:08 pm

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Mississauga’s Charlotte Pieckenhagen is the lone city resident to make the Canadian Under-18 women’s hockey team that will travel to Sweden in early January to compete in the world championship tournament.

Pieckenhagen, 16, who plays for the Mississauga Hurricanes in the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association’s (OWHA) Under-22 Elite loop, is one of 13 forwards selected to the Canadian team that will participate in the 2023 International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Women’s U18 championship.

She has nine goals and 12 assists in 16 OWHA games so far this season. Last season for Ridley College (St. Catharines), the 5-foot-10 forward collected seven goals and seven assists in 11 games.

The eight-team world championship tournament runs Jan. 8-15 in Ostersund, Sweden and clubs will compete in the early going in two four-team groups.

Canada’s 23-player roster also includes three goaltenders and seven defencemen.

Pieckenhagen, who’ll turn 17 on Jan. 18, and her teammates are competing in Group A along with arch-rivals the United States in addition to Finland and host Sweden. Those clubs represent the top four seeds.

Czechia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Japan will compete in Group B as the lesser seeds in the tournament.

After an initial round-robin, all four Group A teams and the top two from Group B will advance to the playoff round.

Canada opens the tourney on Jan. 8 against Finland before taking on Sweden on Jan. 9 and the U.S. on Jan. 11.

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