Wednesday, 21 June 2017

150 Canadian Greats in women’s ice hockey (131-140)

131: Amber Bowman:Player, Firefighter. While Bowman remains active in the game, capturing an OWHA Senior A title with the Aurora Panthers in 2015, she is a sporting icon, having captured multiple Women’s World Firefighter Challenges. Holding the world-record in multiple disciplines, Bowman has competed in exotic locales including Las Vegas and Dubai. While she played for the CWHL’s Toronto Furies, Bowman’s heroics as a firefighter were featured on LeafsTV. Considering that several other former players, including Amanda Shaw and Ashley Pendleton have also become firefighters, Bowman is part of an inspiring sorority that proves players can remain heroes after they hang up their skates.

132: Mandi Schwartz: Player. Having competed with the Ivy League’s Yale Bulldogs, Schwartz would be stricken with bone marrow cancer. Part of an emerging group of star players raised in the province of Saskatchewan, Schwartz’s struggles made news throughout the hockey world. With the Bulldogs hockey team working in collaboration with the university to find a suitable donor, it exemplified true teamwork. Although Schwartz would lose her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on. Not only have the Bulldogs named a team award in her honor, the ECAC Conference has introduced the Mandi Schwartz Leadership Award, preserving her memory. As a side note, her brother Jaden competes in the National Hockey League.

133: Nicole Corriero: Player. Known affectionately as “Scorriero”, she would graduate as one of the greatest snipers in the history of NCAA women’s ice hockey. The single-season record holder for most goals scored in an NCAA season, male or female, Corriero would appear in multiple Frozen Fours with the Harvard Crimson. In later years, Corriero would return to competition with the Italian national women’s ball hockey team, competing at the ISBHF Worlds in 2015 and 2017. At both events, she finished as Team Italia’s leading scorer.

134: Corinne Swirsky: Player. Three-time winner of Concordia’s Female Athlete of the Year Award, she would also be the first-ever winner of the Brodrick Trophy in 1998, awarded to the Most Outstanding Player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s ice hockey. She would follow it up with Brodrick Trophy wins in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Having also skated with Canada’s U22 Development Team, she would capture the gold medal at the 1998 Christmas Cup. In later years, she would skate for the WWHL’s Strathmore Rockies.

135: Lindsay Grigg: Player. A captain with the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers, Grigg would compete with the team during its transition from Division III to Division I ice hockey. Grigg’s transition to the professional ranks would see her stay in the State of New York, competing with the Buffalo Beauts during the inaugural NWHL season. Appearing in the first-ever Isobel Cup finals, Grigg would also capture a gold medal with the Canadian national women’s team at the 2016 FIRS Inline Worlds.

136: Jenna Cunningham: Player. A scoring sensation with the Dartmouth Big Green, Jenna Cunningham would return to her home province to continue her professional career. Donning the jersey of Team Alberta, she would be the scoring catalyst during the team’s nascent seasons, emerging as one of its most popular players. When the team rebranded itself as the Calgary Inferno, Cunningham would be part of three straight postseason appearances, including victory in the 2016 Clarkson Cup.

137: Leah Sulyma: Goaltender. Having stood between the pipes for the Northwest Territories in women’s ice hockey at the Canada Winter Games, Sulyma would astound the fans in attendance by facing over 100 shots in a game. Competing at the NCAA level with Boston’s Northeastern Huskies, she would also be profiled in the Official Program for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

138: Amey Doyle: Goaltender, Coach. Occupying the role of backup goaltender to Kim St. Pierre with the McGill Martlets, Doyle’s legacy would be enhanced by serving 20 seasons as a member of the team’s coaching staff. During the 2009-10 season, Doyle was the head coach for the Martlets, as Peter Smith was part of the Canadian coaching staff at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Also the founder of Doyle Hockey Development, her summer training sessions feature world class competitors from the Montreal region, including St. Pierre and Melodie Daoust, to name a few.

139: Hockey players competing in Women’s Baseball at the 2015 Pan Am Games: Ashley Stephenson, Kate Psota, Danielle Matteucci.

When women’s baseball made its debut at the 2015 Pan American Games, there was a significant amount of competitors on Canada’s contingent possessing a hockey background. Of note, Ashley Stephenson, who played third base with Canada, along with pitcher Kate Psota both played at the university level with the Laurier Golden Hawks. Stephenson would also play at the professional ranks, scoring the last game-winning goal in the history of the CWHL’s Burlington Barracudas. Hailing from British Columbia, Matteucci would compete in women’s ice hockey at the NCAA level with the Clarkson Golden Knights, winning the NCAA Frozen Four title in 2014.

140: Jordanna Peroff: Player. The first Canadian-born player to capture the Clarkson Cup with two different teams, Toronto in 2014 and Montreal in 2017, Jordanna Peroff also boasts a Golden Path Trophy to her credit. Having won the prize with the McGill Martlets women’s ice hockey program, Peroff also spent a season competing professionally in Europe before signing on with Les Canadiennes de Montreal in the autumn of 2015. As a side note, her first game with Les Canadiennes would consist of an exhibition match against McGill.

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