Laurent Dubreuil resumes World Cup season as part of 15-member Canadian team Feb. 7-8 in Heerenveen, Netherland

Speed Skating Canada has named its 15-member team for the sixth long track World Cup of the season, to be held in early February in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

The Feb. 7-8 event will be comprised solely of sprint events: the 500m and 1,000m.

Laurent Dubreuil, who won four medals in the 500m event in the four fall World Cups prior to the Christmas break, will resume his international season. The athlete from Levis, Que., posted the fastest 500m time (34.50 seconds) in the world this season at the recent Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary.

The winter World Cup schedule will kick off the week before in Hamar, Norway, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON, and Kali Christ of Regina, SK, will be the only Canadian skaters to take part in both Winter World Cups.

Making her World Cup debut in long track will be former short track Olympian Jessica Gregg of Edmonton, who made the switch in the fall and qualified at the Canadian Single Distance Championships.

Also, making his 2014-25 World Cup debut will be her brother and 2014 Olympian Jamie Gregg of Edmonton, who has seven World Cup medals to his credit, including a victory in the 500m event in Berlin on March 9, 2012. Gregg qualified for the 2014-2015 fall World Cups, but opted to remain in Calgary to finish his degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

Also making their season World Cup debuts are Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, QC, and Alexandre St-Jean of Quebec City.

Canadian team for World Cup #6 in Heerenveen, Netherlands, from Feb. 7-8:
  
Men
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC)
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
-DERRAUGH, Tyler (Winnipeg, MB)
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Levis, QC)
-GREGG, Jamie (Edmonton, AB)
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
-MACLENNAN, Richard (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
-MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
-ST. JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC)
 
Women
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
-GREGG, Jessica (Edmonton, AB)
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK)
-IANCULESCU, Alexandra (Toronto, ON)
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
-OUDENAARDEN, Tamara (Edmonton, AB)

Speed Skating will announce later this week the athletes for the 2015 World Single Championships.
 
More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
 
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Jeff MacKinnon   
Coordinator, Media and Communications Services – long track
Speed Skating Canada
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Patrick Godbout
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Speed Skating Canada
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