Canada-born Latvian-born hockey player Krista Jip-Chaka received the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Council authorization to represent the Latvian national women’s national, reports the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.
Currently, 21-year-old Krista Jip Caka last year turned to LHF and expressed her willingness to represent the Latvian female national team. In the spring IIHF application was submitted to Jip-Chaka could play in the world championship under the Latvian flag.
As the main argument for playing for Latvia national team Krista Jip-Caka said her roots were from Latvian orgin. Krista is Canadian with Latvian dual nationality, she acquired a Latvian passport on April 14, 2015.
The previous four seasons Krista Jip-Chaka played for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Yale University team, which last season she recorded 20 points ( 5+ 15) she was elected captain by her teammates.
She was born in Whitby, Ontario, while her mom Liza Preisa once engaged in volleyball and played for University of Cincinnati.
— LV Hokeja federācija (@lhf_lv) June 15, 2017
Four years ago Krista Jip-Caka was part of the Canadian U-18 list of candidates, as well as becoming the Canadian U-18 Championship winner.
Latvian women’s national team in April played at world championship division I Group B and finsh in third place.