“It’s a concern for sure,” forward Blayre Turnbull said. “We consider ourselves professional athletes without the professional paycheque.
“A lot of our money comes from the government and comes from other organizations like that. Our program would be greatly impacted if the freezing of funds continues to happen.”
Among the 142 senior and developmental players currently participating in a Calgary camp are 19 women who won Olympic gold in Beijing in February.
The first women’s world championship to be held in the same calendar year as an Olympic Games opens Aug. 25 in Denmark.
Canada’s women will attempt to defend the world title won a year ago in Calgary where they edged the U.S. in overtime in the final.
Their Denmark preparation isn’t curtailed, but the financial future of the women’s program seems murky to the players under the…