Speed Skating Canada unveils its team for the second ISU World Cup Long Track of the season to be held in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

Canada will be represented by 22 skaters at the second ISU World Cup Long Track Speed Skating of the season to be held November 20-22 at Utah's Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

The 9 women and 13 men on the Canadian team will skate in the first 500m event, the women's 5000m and the men's 1500m on Friday, November 20, in the second women’s 500m event and 1500m and the men’s 1000m and 10,000m on Saturday, as well as in the second men’s 500m, the women’s 1000m, and in the team sprint and mass start events Sunday, November 22.

At the first World Cup of the season held last weekend in Calgary, Canada won a total of seven medals, the most since December 2009 where the Canadian team climbed eight times on the podium.

The World Cup mass start overall champion in 2014-2015, Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, won a bronze medal in the mass start season opener race.

William Dutton from Humboldt, SK, Ted-Jan Bloemen from Calgary, AB, and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix from Sherbrooke, QC, all won their first-ever individual World Cup medals. Dutton won silver and bronze medals in the two 500m events of the weekend, while Bloemen won a bronze medal in the 5000m as did Boisvert-Lacroix in the second 500m of the weekend.

Canada also won a gold medal in the men's team pursuit (Jordan Belchos, Ted-Jan Bloemen and Ben Donnelly), a first since the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, as well as a bronze medal in the women's team sprint event. Marsha Hudey of White City, SK, Heather McLean of Winnipeg, MB, and Noémie Fiset of Québec City (Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge borough) all tallied their first career medal at a World Cup.

Members of the Canadian national team for ISU World Cup Long Track #2 in Salt Lake City, U.S.A.

WOMEN                                                             
-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) – 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, mass start
-CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK) –1500m
-GREGG, Jessica (Edmonton, AB) – 500m
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) – 500m
-IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB) – 500m, 1000m
-McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB) – 500m, 1000m
-SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.) – 5000m, mass start
-TUTT, Brianne (Airdrie, AB) – 1500m
-WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON) – 5000m, mass start

MEN
-BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON) – 10,000m, mass start
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) – 10,000m
-BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-CORBETT, Martin (Uxbridge, ON) – 1500m
-De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) – 1000m, 1500m
-DONNELLY, Ben (Oshawa, ON) – 1500m
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) – 500m
-DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK) – 500m
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC) – 1500m, mass start
-JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB) – 500m, 1000m
-ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC) – 500m, 1000m
-WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB) – 10,000m
-WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON) – mass start

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada's web site at 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 14,000 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 sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Email: pgodbout@speedskating.ca
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Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Email: kdankers@speedskating.ca
Phone: 403-589-8960
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