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Port Moody product eyes first stint with Canada's top women's hockey team

Could we soon see Jenna Buglioni play with Canada's best athletes at future international events, including the 2026 Winter Olympics?
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Port Moody's Jenna Buglioni corrals the puck for the Ohio State Buckeyes in a game against the University of Wisconsin.

She's got some competition, but Jenna Buglioni is likely looking to make Canada's national team in time for the next Winter Olympics.

This week, the Port Moody product is participating in a development camp with the senior women's hockey squad in staying on the coaching staff's radar for future events.

The 20-year-old was one of several dozen players that were invited to the summer session in Calgary from until Aug. 14. The athletes, including 14 from B.C., are set to be split into four teams for practices, intrasquad games and off-ice sessions.

In addition to Buglioni raising her stock in potentially landing a consistent spot on the roster, it's also acting as a try-out for the rescheduled 2022 women's worlds in Denmark starting Aug. 24.

"This is a great opportunity....to envision what the next four years will look like,” said Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada's director of hockey operations, in a release.

"We are coming off a very successful season and we are looking to continue building on that. We have a full complement of experienced staff to lead our camps but having our Olympic athletes able to play leadership roles where they can mentor and share their experience is a positive step in our journey towards the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan."

This is the second year in a row the forward has been invited to such a camp.

She's slipped on the maple leaf once before at the 2020 under-18 women's world championships, recording four points in five games en route to a silver medal.

Most recently, Buglioni won the 2022 NCAA Div. I women's hockey title after a 44-point sophomore year with Ohio State University — the fifth most points for the Buckeyes on the season.

The Gleneagle Secondary grad's résumé also includes three full seasons with the Greater Vancouver Comets of BC's Under-18 Female AAA league, recording 87 goals and 185 points in 92 games, as well as a bronze medal with the provincial squad at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

As well, Coquitlam's Jordan Baxter has been invited once again to train with Canada's national under-18 squad, who are also in Calgary this week.

The 17-year-old is likely to see another stint with the team after posting two critical points in six games to help the red and white reclaim its first world championship title in three years.

Baxter scored her first international goal at the tournament in Wisconsin during the quater-final match against Slovakia.

 

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