Thursday, 22 June 2017

150 Canadian Greats in women’s ice hockey (111-120)

111: Micah Hart Player Part of a new generation of star players to emerge from British Columbia, Micah Hart was named to Canada’s centralization in ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. Having served as Canada’s captain at the IIHF U18 Women’s Worlds, she has also competed for Team British Columbia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Currently enrolled at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, she was named captain of the Big Red varsity team in only her sophomore season.

112: Kelly Babstock Player The greatest player in the history of the Quinnipiac Bobcats, Babstock would not only graduate as the program's leading scorer, she would join the exclusive NCAA 200-point club. Remaining in the state of Connecticut after graduation, she would sign with the newly launched NWHL. Suiting up for the Connecticut Whale, she became the first Canadian-born player to score a goal in the history of the NWHL, achieving the feat in the league's first-ever game, as the Whale hosted the New York Riveters on October 11, 2015.

113: Kelly Campbell Goaltender, 2015 CIS National Champion The greatest goaltender to stand between the pipes for the Western Mustangs, Kelly Campbell was integral in transforming the program into a national championship. During her time with the Mustangs, Campbell was not only among the statistical leaders nationally, she would be recognized as the University of Western Ontario’s Female Athlete of the Year. Capturing the Golden Path Trophy in 2015, it marked the pinnacle of Campbell’s distinguished career.

114: Canadians in Kazakhstan: Haleigh Callison, Chelsea Purcell and Karolina Urban One of the most intriguing concepts in this decade had included Canadian competitors joining European club teams. Among the most notable is Aisulu Almaty in Kazakhstan, which has seen a handful of Canadians don their team colors. In seasons past, CWHL alumnae such as Callison (Toronto Furies), Chelsea Purcell (Calgary Inferno) and Karolina Urban (Furies, Inferno) have all played there, sharing their insights and showcasing their skills. Serving as ambassadors for the game, and representing what is great about Canadian women’s ice hockey, all remain active in the game today.

Callison, who once served as a liaison for the Finnish women’s ice hockey team at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games is a trainer and instructor. Purcell, a former captain with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies hockey team is the assistant GM for the Brampton Thunder. Urban, who played alongside Purcell in a March 2017 charity fundraiser for the Thunder works in concussion research, while pursuing a PhD.

115: Sabrina Harbec Angela James Bowl winner

116: Kaleigh Fratkin Player, Clarkson Cup champion Raised in British Columbia, where she once played Midget AAA boys’ hockey, the talented Fratkin also has strong connections to the Boston area. Having starred with the BU Terriers, winning multiple Hockey East championships, she would jump to the professional ranks with the Boston Blades, capturing a Clarkson Cup championship in her first season.

Following her inaugural season with the Blades, Fratkin signed on with the newly launched NWHL, part of the Connecticut Whale. While Fratkin gained the honor of competing in the inaugural NWHL All-Star, she would also get the chance to be part of history by competing in the first-ever professional women’s ice hockey outdoor game. Loaned to the Boston Pride, she graced the ice at Gillette Stadium. Heading into the 2016-17 season, she joined the New York Riveters, becoming the first Canadian to play with three different NWHL teams.

117: Ashley “Stretch” JohnstonPlayer, Captain: New York Riveters Raised in Ontario, Ashley Johnston is the first Canadian-born captain in the history of the NWHL. At the collegiate level, Johnston was also bestowed the honor of captaincy, leading the Union Dutchwomen into play in the ECAC Conference.

118: Carly Hill Clarkson Cup champion, CWHL All-Star One of the most underrated players in the history of the CWHL, Carly Hill is a defensive stalwart whose ethereal serenity and fan friendly approach has made her one of the most favorite players among the faithful of Les Canadiennes de Montreal. While the 2016-17 season provided Hill with a pair of cherished highlights, competing at the Bell Centre, while culminating her season with the 2017 Clarkson Cup, the most cherished may be the inaugural CWHL All-Star Game. With her grandfather in attendance, he was featured on the jumbotron, tipping his hat to the enthusiastic crowd at Air Canada Centre, as he celebrated his birthday.

119: Amanda ParkinsWinter Universiade Gold Medalist, OWHA Senior A champion An OUA All-Star selection while competing with the University of Guelph Gryphons, Parkins achieved so much more in a brilliant career. Prior to joining the program, Parkins was a competitor with the now defunct Burlington Barracudas. During her time at Guelph, she would help the Canadian contingent capture a gold medal in women’s ice hockey at the Winter Universiade. She would also don the Canadian jersey in another unique role, contributing to Canada’s inline women’s hockey team capturing a gold medal at the FIRS Worlds. After graduation, Parkins continued to compete, joining the Kitchener Lady Rangers. Among her highlights with the club, she would capture back-to-back OWHA Senior A titles.

120: Alyssa Baldin Clarkson Cup champion Holding the rare distinction of having served as a team captain at both the NCAA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport levels, Alyssa Baldin is the type of player that any coach would want on their team. Dedicated and hard-working, Baldin was the last team captain in the history of Detroit’s Wayne State Warriors ice hockey team. Moving on to the University of Windsor Lancers, Baldin’s contributions kept the program in the playoff conversation. Selected by the Toronto Furies in the CWHL Draft, she would capture the Clarkson Cup in her inaugural season with the blue and white. In later years, Baldin would also excel in other facets of the game, capturing a provincial ball hockey championship, while also helping Canada’s team capture a gold medal at the 2016 FIRS Inline World Championships.

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