By Josh Howald
Kincardine native Kendra Fisher will again represent Canada at the FIRS World Women's Inline Hockey Championships.
Kendra Fisher in action at last year's FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships in California. (Independent file photo)
Fisher has been one of the Canada Inline goaltenders in three of the last four world championships, including last year's tournament in California. She was also on the 2012 team, which ended a seven-year gold medal drought with a 4-2 win over the rival Americans.
It's a chance for Fisher to avenge last year's gold medal game defeat to the United States. In California, the Canadian women were three minutes away from winning a gold medal. Canada took a 1-0 lead with nine seconds left in the first half, but the Americans tied the score with 2:59 remaining. Only 14 seconds later, the United States scored to go ahead 2-1, and they clung to the lead to take the gold.
Kincardine's Angie Green was also a member of the 2013 team, her first stint as a trainer with the national program. Keely Brown, with ties to Lurgan Beach, was behind the bench for the past two world championships as a coach, but will not make the trip this year. Brown told The Independent Monday evening she is six-and-a-half months pregnant, and therefore will not join Team Canada this year. The world championships will take place in Toulouse, France. The action begins June 29, and runs until July 12. The women's, men's and junior world championships will all be played in France during that period of time.
Canada's men will also be looking to strike gold after settling for a silver medal last year in California. The Canadians were smoked 8-2 in last year's gold medal game by the Czech Republic.
The Independent will have coverage of the 2014 FIRS World Inline Hockey Championships on our website, as well as in our print edition.