Sunday, 25 August 2013

Kristy Garrow emerges as the top goaltending prospect of the CWHL Draft

In action against Jenelle Rogers of St. Mary's
Photo credit: Ingrid Bulmer

Of all the players that have declared for the 2013 CWHL Draft, none may boast a resume as impressive as Kristy Garrow. Having competed with the St. Francis Xavier X-Women, she helped transform the program into a national power.

As the first goaltender from Canadian Interuniversity Sport to declare for the draft, she might easily be the finest one. Her solid presence between the pipes helped transform the X-Women into a national power.

At the 2010 CIS Nationals, she would help the X-Women become the first team from Atlantic University Sport conference to win a silver medal. On multiple occasions during her CIS career, she would post winning percentages of 1.000 during the regular season.

Her final season (2012-13) with the X-Women may have been her finest. She posted a remarkable won-loss record of 11-0. This was complemented by four shutouts, only nine goals against (for a miniscule 0.80 GAA) and a save percentage of .950.

Statistically, she would lead the CIS in win percentage, save percentage and goals against average. In addition, she would help the X-Women claim the 2013 AUS championship, while grabbing a bronze medal at the 2013 CIS Nationals.

Donning number 33 with the London Jr. Devilettes in the PWHL, she competed in a unique exhibition as PWHL All-Stars faced the Canadian Under-18 National Team. With Hockey Canada, she attended their 2010 Development Camp, along with their Strength and Conditioning Camp, respectively.

Of all the franchises in the CWHL, the most ideal situation for Garrow may be the dismal Brampton Thunder. A franchise plagued by penalty problems, chronic losing and coaching turnover, former player Lori Dupuis is trying to restore a sense of pride in the franchise.

As the goaltenders from the 2012-13 campaign Liz Knox and Florence Schelling are not returning with the franchise, Garrow may just emerge as one of the building blocks for the long-term success of the rebuilding Brampton Thunder.

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