Players accepted into the Female Prep Camps will be exposed to the best instruction available. It should be recognized that this specialized program is intended for female athletes who have the passion and desire to take their game to a higher level.
Program Director – Rebecca Russell
Rebecca Russell started playing girls ice hockey in Clarenville, Newfoundland at the age of seven. She started playing for team Newfoundland at the age of twelve at the Canada Games in 1995 and again in 1999. At the age of sixteen she left home to attend Berkshire High School in Massachusetts, USA. She then played four years of Division 1 university hockey at St. Lawrence University in Upstate, NY. There, Rebecca was nominated as a top ten Patty Kazmaier finalist (Top female player in college hockey, 2005); played for the U-22 Canadian National Team in 2004 and Attended senior national team camps in 2005/2007. She has played four seasons for the Calgary Oval X-treme in the WWHL, winning the National Championship in the 2006/2007 season. Most recently Rebecca has worked as Assistant Coach for the University of Calgary women’s team and Team Canada’s National U-22 women’s team. She is currently the Head Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy's Female Midget team.
Program Director - Gina Kingsbury
Born in Saskatchewan but raised in Quebec, women’s ice hockey forward Gina Kingsbury quickly discovered that she had an aptitude not only for bilingualism, but for hockey as well. She joined Team Canada in the under-22 division in 1999 and played for Sst. Lawrence University’s Skating Saints from 2000-2004. She attended her first international championship in 2001, where the women’s Canadian Team won gold, and has since won gold twice more (2004 and 2007) and silver three times (2005, 2008 and 2009). In 2004, after graduating with a degree in psychology, she joined the Montreal Axion of the National Women’s Hockey League and played one season with them before her 2006 Olympic debut, where the Canadian women’s team won the gold medal. After the tournament, she joined the Western Women’s Hockey League with the Calgary Oval X-Treme and won the National Women’s Championships with the team at the end of the 2006-2007 season. In 2010, Gina returned to the Olympics in Vancouver where the Canadian women took home the gold once again. She is currently the Assistant Coach of the Okanagan Hockey Academy's Female Midget team.