Canada women's national bandy team

Canada's women's national bandy team[2][3] (French: Équipe nationale féminine de bandy du Canada) is the women's bandy team representing Canada. Historically the squad has been based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The women's national team has competed in the Women's Bandy World Championship and North American Bandy Championship and made its world debut at the 2004 Women's Bandy World Championship. Team Canada has not competed internationally since the 2016 Women's Bandy World Championship.[4]

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AssociationCanada Bandy
Head coachCanada
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First international
Canada Canada 0–4 Norway Norway
(Roseville, Minnesota; February 14, 2006)
Women's Bandy World Championship
Appearances7 (first in 2006)
Best result4th (2007, 2010, 2012, 2016)
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Medal record
Women's Bandy World Championship
2004 No Team
2006 United States Team
2007 Hungary Team
2008 Sweden Team
2010 Norway Team
2012 Russia Team
2014 Finland Team
2016 United States Team
2018 China No Team
2020 Norway No Team
2022 Sweden No Team
2023 Sweden No Team
Women's Under-18 Bandy World Cup
2015 Sweden St. Mary’s Academy Flames[1]

The governing body for the sport of bandy in Canada is Canada Bandy whose headquarters are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[5] Canada also has a Canadian national bandy team for men. This article deals chiefly with Canada's women's national bandy team.

Because bandy is a "cult sport" in Canada without a grassroots base the team therefore draws its talent from the sports of ringette and women's ice hockey. A majority of its senior level team members have been high performance athletes who come from the sport of ringette, some having played for Canada's national ringette team and/or in Canada's semi-professional semi-professional showcase ringette league, the National Ringette League.[6][7][8][9][10]

While Canada is a country with a strong tradition in ice hockey and ringette, both sports are played on an ice rink and Canada does not have artificial ice rinks large enough to qualify as regulation sized bandy fields.[11] In the past, the Canadian women's bandy team practiced on a frozen water hazard on a Winnipeg golf course. Team Canada has competed in the United States where full-sized bandy fields exist.[12]

The team has participated in every Women's Bandy World Championship since the second tournament in 2006 but has not competed since 2016. During its existence, the national women's bandy team reached a historic 4th place internationally in the 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2016 Women's Bandy World Championships, but to date has never finished higher, nor has the Canadian team ever medaled. It is unclear whether the women's national team is still active.

In the junior age group, a girls ice hockey team from Winnipeg competed in the Women's Under-18 Bandy World Cup in Sweden in 2015,[1] the first ever Canadian youth team to play in the international tournament. However this was an international tournament for club teams only and not the international junior competition which is the Bandy World Championship G-17 or U17 (under 17) world championship in bandy for girls, known as F17 WC. G17 is sometimes written as F17 and the Y designations may also be written with a U.


A group of ladies participated in a bandy tournament in Russia in 1990 and also had some exhibition matches in the Netherlands that year.[citation needed] Team Canada played its first official international series against the United States women's national bandy team in December, 2005.[13] The team practiced on a frozen water hazard at the Harbour View Golf Course in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The women's program really began in 2006 with a number of ringette players taking on a new sport and participating in the 2006 Women's Bandy World Championship in Roseville, Minnesota.

Junior teamsEdit

For the under 19 age group, Canada has only had a girls bandy team once in the nation's history to date which has competed in an international competition of any kind. In 2015, a girls high school ice hockey team from Winnipeg, the St. Mary's Academy Flames, competed in the Women's Under-18 Bandy World Cup in Sweden.[14] The Flames were the first ever Canadian Under-18 team to play in the international tournament which is a competition for the best women's club teams from around the world.

World Championship resultsEdit

Canada competed in every Women's Bandy World Championship from 2006 until 2018. Historically, Canada has established a senior national women's bandy team which competes in the Women's Bandy World Championship, but has not established a junior women's national bandy team to compete in the world junior bandy tournament for girls.

Senior CanadaEdit

Women's Bandy World Championships
Year Location Result Notes
  Lappeenranta, Finland No team
  Roseville, USA 5th
  Budapest, Hungary 4th
  Borlänge, Grängesberg
and Karlsbyheden, Sweden
  Drammen, Norway 4th
  Irkutsk, Russia 4th
  Lappeenranta, Finland 5th
  Roseville, USA 4th
  Chengde, China No team
  Oslo, Norway No team
  Åby, Sweden No team
  Åby, Sweden No team

National teams by yearEdit

2007 SeniorsEdit

The 2007 Women's Bandy World Championship took place in February 11–17 in Budapest, Hungary. It was only the second time Canada fielded a team to compete at a World Bandy Championship. The international tournament included representative teams from Russia, Finland, Norway, United States, Sweden and the host nation, Hungary.

The Canadian team, coached by Gennaro Macchia and Goran Svensson, put forth a spirited effort against each of the competing nations, and for the first time, a North American team competed for a medal with Team Canada playing the favoured Norway team in the bronze medal game. The game finished tied 3-3 after regulation time, only to see the Canadians come up short in a penalty shot shootout. Team Canada opened the scoring, later falling behind 3–1, but fought hard to get back to even and carried the play throughout most of the second half. In all, Team Canada posted victories against Hungary, USA and Finland, finishing the round-robin play with 3 wins and 3 losses, losing to the World Champions from Sweden, Russia and Norway. As a result of their play, Team Canada earned a place in a semi-final game against Russia, before playing Norway in the bronze medal final, February 16. The Canadian Team was made up of elite athletes from Winnipeg and surrounding areas.

"They did Canada proud" said Genarro Macchia, the coach for Team Canada. "Last year we posted only one win and scored just two goals. This year we improved that position winning three round robin games, scoring 19 goals and playing in a bronze medal final for the first time in Canadian Bandy history, only to fall short after playing to a 3-3 tie during regulation time. Considering this is only our second year playing and our second world championship, Team Canada served notice that they are now ready to compete against the elite teams in the world. The future of Women's Bandy in Canada looks bright," added Macchia.

Christine Deslisle wound up playing for a Swedish women's bandy team, Stockholm AIK for the 2007/2008 season.

2007 Seniors
Number Name Position
Shelly Hruska
Mandy Nordstrom
Dominique Carriere
Christine Delisle
Lindsay Myseniuk
Kristy Maksymyk
Caley Miskimmin
Amy Clarkson
Danielle Sykes
Lynn Despiegelaere
Courtney Burns
Lindsay Burns
Aisnley Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson
Michelle Madziak
Chelsea Hansen
Sheena MacDonald
Team Staff
Position Name
Coach   Gennaro Macchia (from Sweden)
Coach   Goren Svensson (from Sweden)
Manager Jan Burns
Team Leader Colin Ferguson

2016 SeniorsEdit

Team members of the Team Canada's 2016 Women's bandy squad included Stonewall's Sheena MacDonald, Winnipeg's Ainsley Ferguson, Kenora-born Julie Johnson, Delisle-Nyström, Winnipeg's Taylor Homenick, Winnipeg's Amy Clarkson, and Lindsay Burns among others.[4]

North American Bandy ChampionshipEdit

This competition is a cross-border contest between bandy teams from Canada and the USA. The event is hosted in Roseville, Minnesota by USA Bandy.

In February 2015, team Canada beat the rival U.S. national team in a best-of-three series to retain the North American Bandy Championship.[15]


The women's national bandy team was part of a 2 part documentary created in 2010 by Ora Walker called "True North Strong",[13] however the documentary did not mention the players with backgrounds in ringette, the Canadian national ringette team, or the National Ringette League of Canada.

Notable playersEdit

Notable players include Shelly Hruska and Lindsay Burns. Burns scored Canada's first goal in the nations history of organized women's bandy.[16] Hruska and Burns have also played semi-professional ringette in the Canadian National Ringette League and for the Canadian National Ringette Team.[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Rosset, Mitch (28 October 2015). "Winnipeg women's high school hockey team to represent Canada at bandy tournament". Global News.
  2. ^ Team picture
  3. ^ "Bandy about: Team Canada takes to the big ice". Winnipeg Free Press. 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Bandy about: Team Canada takes to the big ice". Winnipeg Free Press. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Members". Federation of International Bandy. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  6. ^ "USA Women's Bandy vs Canada". February 20, 2016 – via Flickr.
  7. ^ "Winnipeg-based national women's bandy team wins North American crown". winnipegsun.
  8. ^ "National Ringette League Nash a triple threat | NRL". January 9, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-01-09.
  9. ^ "Winnipeg women's high school hockey team to represent Canada at bandy tournament - Winnipeg |". Global News.
  10. ^ Wynn, Thom (December 27, 2012). "USA to Host Canada in Women's Bandy". USA Bandy.
  11. ^ Abi Saper (23 February 2011). "Silver medal not a bad showing for bandy team with no rink". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Bandy: A New Olympic Sport?". Youtube. Shaw TV/Go Winnipeg.
  13. ^ a b "True North Strong part 1" – via
  14. ^ Rosset, Mitch (28 October 2015). "Winnipeg women's high school hockey team to represent Canada at bandy tournament". Global News.
  15. ^ Dawkins, Glen (9 February 2015). "Winnipeg-based national women's bandy team wins North American crown". Winnipeg Sun.
  16. ^ "True North Strong part 1". Vimeo. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Team Canada/Équipe Canada: Lindsay Burns". Ringette Canada. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2017 – via YouTube.