Wednesday, 21 June 2017

150 Canadian Greats in women’s ice hockey (141-150)

141: Mandi Duhamel: Player, Coach, Manager. Having worn an exceptional number of hats in her hockey career, Mandi Duhamel represents the opportunities for women in the game. As a player, she was a local legend in Ottawa, competing at the university level with the Ottawa Gee-Gees and then professionally with the Ottawa Lady Senators.

Transitioning to coaching, she would serve on the staff of Shelley Coolidge at Ottawa’s Carleton University while also gaining a gold medal as part of Canada’s coaching staff at the 2011 Winter Universiade. Currently the Director of Female Development for Hockey Canada, Duhamel has also competed internationally in ball hockey, serving as Canada’s captain at the 2017 ISBHF Worlds, while coaching Canada’s inline national team to a gold medal at the 2016 FIRS Worlds.

142: Bradi Cochrane: Coach. One of the most accomplished coaches of her generation, Bradi Cochrane represents a new generation of women taking on prominent coaching positions. As the head coach for the PWHL’s Oakville Hornets, Cochrane has led her team to a number of championships. Her true arrival as an elite coach was signified at the 2012 Canadian U18 nationals, when she led an unexpected Team Ontario Blue roster to its first-ever gold medal. Cochrane would also experience a podium finish at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, serving as head coach for Team Ontario.

143: Kelsey Webster: Player. Bestowed the honor of the captaincy for Team Alberta (also known colloquially as the Honeybadgers), Webster was one of the team’s most prominent players. Having also competed for Canada’s entry at the 2009 Winter Universiade, capturing a gold medal, the hallmark of Webster’s career may have been competing in the first CWHL regular season game ever contested at Air Canada Centre, with the captain’s C proudly adorning her sharp navy blue Team Alberta jersey.

144: Vicki Bendus: Player. Having captured the 2010 edition of the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player, Vicki Bendus became the first player in the history of the Mercyhurst Lakers to win such a prestigious honor. Having also played with Canada’s national women’s team, Bendus served in a coaching capacity last season in a training camp for Canada’s U18 national team.

145: Vanessa Stratton: Referee. One of the most underappreciated roles in all of hockey may be that of referee. Perhaps the most famous referee in women’s hockey may be Vanessa Stratton. In addition to balancing her time as a coach with the Scarborough Sharks, Stratton has officiated at Clarkson Cup finals, CWHL All-Star Games and numerous IIHF events.

146: Morgan Richardson: Player, DIFD. Having carved a splendid four-year career with the Cornell Big Red, Morgan Richardson was also the embodiment of the power of Do It for Daron (DIFD). Following the tragic loss of her sister, Daron, the cause was founded in order to honor her memory. During Morgan’s time at Cornell, each of her four seasons consisted of a DIFD fund raiser.

147: Harrison Browne: Player. As the first transgender competitor in the modern era of women’s ice hockey, Harrison (born as Hailey), showed great courage in revealing such a preference. Having retired in the aftermath of the 2016-17 NWHL season, Browne experienced the jubilation of winning the 2017 Isobel Cup. Prior to the Buffalo Beauts, Browne had competed for Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games, and starred at the NCAA level with the Mercyhurst Lakers and the Maine Black Bears.

148: Red Bull Crashed Ice competitors: Fannie Desforges, Myriam Trepnaier, Dominique Thibault. Since the advent of the Red Bull Crashed Ice, a handful of women’s ice hockey players have taken to the course.

Among them are a distinguished group that have earned world championships. Of note, the first two included Desforges, a captain with the Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s ice hockey team, and Dominique Thibault, a two-time Clarkson Cup champion. Trepanier, an NCAA Frozen Four champion, competed at the first Crashed Ice event hosted in Ottawa.

149: Stephanie Schaupmeyer: UBC Thunderbirds captain: Having graduated as the all-time games played leader in the Canada West conference, Schaupmeyer helped the Thunderbirds to the greatest one season turnaround in CIS hockey history. She would enjoy back-to-back podium finishes at the U Sports Nationals in 2016 and 2017.

150: Deirdre Norman: Founder of The Women of Winter. Having launched a Toronto-based recreational league that plays outdoors, Norman was integral in organize a team participate in an Icelandic tournament.

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