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Chelsea Buckland
Chelsea Buckland.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-01-20) January 20, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Vancouver, BC, Canada
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Oregon State Beavers
Number 12
Youth career
North Shore Storm
2005–08 Sands Secondary Scorpions
2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prospects
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6 (0)
National team
2011- Canada (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Chelsea Buckland (born January 20, 1990) is a Canadian collegiate soccer forward who plays for the Oregon State Beavers and the Canadian women's national team. Born and raised in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, she played at the youth and senior women's level for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, before joining the Beavers in the NCAA ranks in 2008. She joined the national team prior to her junior college year and has been with Canada at the 2011 FIFA World Cup (as an alternate) and the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Early life and youth career[edit]

Buckland was born in North Delta, British Columbia, to Glenn and Gail Buckland. Her father has worked for Canadian Pacific Railway, while her mother has worked as a hospital service worker.[1]

Buckland first began playing organized soccer for a boys team in Whalley, British Columbia.[2] Growing up, she played youth soccer with the North Shore Storm and helped the team to national and provincial championships in numerous years.[1][3] As a young player, she aspired to play for the Canadian national team and looked up to such players as Christine Sinclair and Karina LeBlanc.[4]

Attending Sands Secondary in North Delta, British Columbia, she led the school's soccer team in scoring for three years, while additionally lettering with the school's basketball and volleyball teams.[1] Prior to her graduation in June 2008, Buckland was featured in the local Province newspaper as one of British Columbia's top high school student-athletes.[2]

Club career[edit]

In 2006, Buckland joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prospects Program. Two years later, she was competing with the club's Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) side and scored 11 goals, despite missing a third of the campaign. The Whitecaps advanced to the semifinals of the PCSL Challenge Cup playoffs, where they were defeated 4–2 by the Tri-Cities Xtreme.[5] Aside from league play, Buckland competed in the Keg Spring Cup and the San Diego Surf Cup with the Whitecaps Prospects. At the first tournament, held in Victoria, British Columbia, in March 2008, she scored game-winning goals in the semifinal against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds and final against the University of Victoria Vikes to help capture the championship.[6] Several months later, in August, she recorded five goals in as many games at the latter tournament, a U19 competition against youth teams from the United States. Helping Vancouver to the semifinals, they lost 3–1 to Northern California state champions Mustang FC.[7]

Buckland advanced to the Whitecaps' to W-League team in 2009, joining them midway through the season. She appeared in 6 of the team's 12 games (starting in one of them) and recorded two assists. Vancouver finished fifth in the Western Conference, failing to qualify for the playoffs.

Collegiate career[edit]

Upon graduating from Sands Secondary, Buckland moved on to the college ranks on an athletic scholarship with the Oregon State Beavers of the NCAA's Pacific-10 Conference. Prior to committing to Oregon State in December 2007,[2] Canadian national team player Karina LeBlanc had attempted to recruit her for Rutgers University in New Jersey.[4]

After beginning her college career as a redshirt in 2008, she appeared in all the Beavers' 23 games in 2009, including one start. She scored her first two career collegiate goals in a game against Cal State Northridge, en route to a team-leading 7 goals and 16 points. Her 54 shots (24 on goal) also led the team. At the end of her first college year, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.[1]

Buckland with Oregon State during a game against Memphis in November 2010

The following year, she improved to 10 goals and 23 points, both team-leading statistics (she tied for the lead in points), while starting in all 20 games. Her efforts helped the Beavers to a NCAA Tournament appearance. Buckland's sophomore year culminated in a selection to the All-Pacific Regional Third Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the Pac-10 All-Conference Second Team.[1]

After an injury hampered Buckland's play over the first seven games of her junior season,[8] Buckland was named Offensive MVP at the Oregon State Nike Invitational after scoring four goals in the tournament.[9] she was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on September 27, 2011. Her efforts included her first collegiate hat trick in a 7-0 win against the FIU Golden Panthers.[8] The following month, she earned her second weekly distinction of the year after recording two goals in a pair of Beavers victories between October 17 and 24.[10] Buckland went on to lead her team for a third consecutive year with 11 goals (third among conference players).[4][11] Playing in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Beavers lost in the first round to Portland Pilots 7–6 in a shootout.[12] The NCAA Tournament game was the first hosted by Oregon State (at the women's soccer level) in school history.[13] At the end of the year, Buckland was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific and Pac-12 All-Conference First Teams.[14]

Prior to Buckland's arrival in Oregon State, the school's soccer program struggled to compete within their conference. Her tenure with the Beavers has helped improve the team in Pac-12 standings, earning them three consecutive berths in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.[13] She has often played at the forward position alongside fellow Greater Vancouver native and Whitecaps product Jenna Richardson, who she helped recruit to Oregon State.[15]

International career[edit]

Never having played for any of Canada's national junior teams,[15] Buckland was selected as an alternate to the senior women's 2011 FIFA World Cup squad following her performance in a January 2011 training camp. Prior to the tournament, she was additionally named to Canada's team for the 2011 Cyprus Cup, an annual invitational tournament. Canada went on to win the championship, defeating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final.[16] Buckland did not play in any tournament games, later debut with the national team in May 2011, when she played in a 1-1 friendly draw against Switzerland.[4] At the World Cup, held in Germany, Canada failed to advance from the group stage after losing all three of their games;[15] Buckland did not appear in any contests.[17]

Following Buckland's junior year with Oregon State, she joined the Canadian national team's training camp in Sweden. Head coach John Herdman has recalled the camp as a turning point in Buckland's career with the national team and praised her ability to generate plays with other forwards.[18] On November 22, 2011, she recorded her first international goal in a friendly against Sweden.[19] Scored against goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, the goal came two minutes after coming off the bench and tied the score at 1–1, before Canada scored again to win the game.[20]

In December 2011, Buckland was named to Canada's team for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers after competing for a roster spot during another training camp in Fullerton, California.[21] She made her international tournament debut in her hometown Vancouver, British Columbia, coming off the bench in Canada's first game, a 6-0 win against Haiti on January 18, 2012.[17]


Award Year
Keg Spring Cup (with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Prospects) 2008
Pac-10 All-Freshman 2009
Pac-10 All-Conference Second Team 2010
Pac-12 All-Conference First Team 2011
NSCAA All-Pacific Regional Third Team 2010
NSCAA All-Pacific Regional First Team 2011
Pac-12 Player of the Week September 19–26, 2011
October 17–24, 2011

External links[edit]


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  12. ^ "Beavers lose heartbreaker to Portland in penalty shootout". Oregon State University. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
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  14. ^ "Five Named to Women's Soccer NSCAA All-Pacific Team". Oregon State University. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
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Early life[edit]

Bazan was born in January 1976 in Washington. His father is a music pastor in the Assemblies of God, a Christian denomination.[1] Bazan credits him with inspiring him to think critically.[1]

Playing style[edit]

Burrows began his career primarily as an energy player, forechecking and hitting opposing players,[2] agitator, often trash-talking and confronting opposing players in between plays and after whistles.[3] For this reason, he earned the nickname "Burr".[4] He was used by the Canucks primarily in a defensive role in his first three years with the club, earning lots of time on the penalty kill. Beginning in 2007–08, he was placed on a shutdown line with centre Ryan Kesler, assigned to defend against opposing team's top players. Prior to his second season with the Canucks, recently-hired head coach Alain Vigneault (he also coached Burrows in Manitoba) commented that Burrows "understands his [forechecking] role, his job and his strengths. He's never going to be one of the top guys offensively but I think Alex [can] become an impact player in this league."

Since the 2008–09 season, however, Vigneault has placed Burrows on the Canucks' top offensive unit with Henrik and Daniel Sedin, consequently resulting in his offensively emergence. His crash-the-net style of play combined well with the Sedins' cycling and puck possession. He scores most of his goals getting in open positioning to finish passing plays from the Sedins and going to the front of the net for rebounds and tip-ins.[5]

Despite being used in a more offensive role, Burrows still plays on the penalty kill and remains a known agitator. He has been accused by many players of diving to draw penalties. As a result, he has developed a bad reputation with NHL referees. The Stephen Auger controversy was supposedly set in motion due to Burrows having been accused of diving in an earlier game.

Playing style[edit]

Schneider plays in the butterfly style of goaltending, dropping to his knees with his skates pointing outwards and his pads meeting in the middle in order to cover the bottom portion of the net.[6] He honed the style with goaltending consultant Brian Daccord, beginning at the age of 15.[6] Schneider's strengths are his size and athleticism.[7] His coach with the Moose, Scott Arniel, has also heralded his ability to get into position ahead of time, anticipating plays.[7]

Playing style[edit]

Näslund was known as a highly skilled offensive player with good skating and puck-handling abilities.[8][9] The most prominent aspect of his game was his wrist shot, which was known to be one of the most accurate in the league and accounted for a large portion of his goals.[10][8] He also earned many of his points on the powerplay.

During his prime, Näslund and Canucks teammates Bertuzzi and Morrison formed one of the best line combinations in the league. Näslund's finesse and goal-scoring abilities were complemented by Morrison's playmaking and Bertuzzi's strength and aggression as a power forward.[11] They were known for playing a fast and entertaining style.[9][11] As a result, head coach Marc Crawford implemented a highly offensive coaching strategy.

As captain of the Canucks for eight years, Näslund was a self-professed "leader by example" with his work ethic and play on the ice.[12] He was often criticized by the media and fans in his final few seasons with the Canucks for not being sufficiently vocal or emotional as the team's captain.[13][14][9][15]

These criticisms began especially in light of his decreasing offensive production following the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Many attributed the decline to becoming more defensively responsible under new Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.[16] Bertuzzi's absence following the 2005–06 season was also seen as a negative factor for Näslund individually.[16] It was further proposed in the media that the physical effects of his concussion, as a result of Steve Moore's hit against him in 2004, as well as the emotional toll of Bertuzzi's subsequent retaliation against Moore strained his efficiency.[17][14]

Playing style[edit]

Hodgson is a forward characterized primarily as a playmaker. He is known for his cerebral approach to the game (twice voted the "smartest player" in the league during his junior career by OHL coaches) and for being defensively responsible.[18]

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