Thursday, 22 June 2017

150 Canadian Greats in women’s ice hockey (81-90)

81: Nancy Drolet Player, Executive Proving that the women of hockey could also be successful in the front office, Drolet would balance a playing career while serving in an executive capacity with the Ste. Julie Pantheres. Later serving in the CWHL's front office, Drolet's legacy as a player is indisputable. Before Marie-Philip Poulin's heroics, Drolet would score the golden goals at the 1997 and 2000 IIHF Women's World Championships. She would also be part of Canada's roster that competed in women's ice hockey at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.

82: Susanna Yuen Player

83: Shirley Cameron Player, Builder A member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder's Category, Shirley Cameron's impact for women's hockey in Alberta is akin to Fran Rider in Ontario. Having first played hockey in Jasper, Alberta in 1972, that gathering of players would serve as the backbone of the eventual Edmonton Chimos. With the Chimos, she would capture the Abby Hoffman Cup three times, awarded to the national women's champions. Her career would reach its pinnacle in 1990, as she was on Canada's captains in a gold medal effort at the inaugural IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships.(Image obtained from Edmonton Sun website)


84: Erica Howe Goaltender The holder of numerous goaltending records with the Clarkson Golden Knights, the pinnacle of her collegiate career involved defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers to capture the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four. Selected by the Brampton Thunder in the 2014 CWHL Draft, she would be joined on the club by Jamie Lee Rattray, who called her a teammate with the PWHL's Ottawa Lady Senators and the Golden Knights. The two would also play for Team Red in the inaugural CWHL All-Star Game, as Howe was credited with the win over Team White.

85: Sarah Vaillancourt Player Following Harvard alum Jennifer Botterill, Sarah Vaillancourt added her name to the list of Canadians that captured the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Award. Capturing gold medals with Canada's contingent at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games, she was also part of the Montreal Stars roster that won the 2011 Clarkson Cup, becoming part of the Triple Gold Club for Women, which recognizes IIHF World Gold, Winter Games Gold and the coveted Clarkson.

86: Sarah Edney Player The first pick overall in the 2015 CWHL Draft, it marked the second straight season that the Brampton Thunder selected a blueliner, obtaining Laura Fortino in 2014. Appearing in the 2016 CWHL All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre, Edney's efforts not only provided an offensively rich Brampton Thunder squad with a solid presence on the blueline, the club would return to the postseason for the first time in three seasons. Prior to the Thunder, Edney experienced the thrill of being a captain twice in 2011. Starting with a stint as Canada's captain at the 2011 IIHF U18 Women's Worlds, she was also the captain for Team Ontario at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Competing at the NCAA level with Harvard University, Edney would be recognized as the ECAC's best blueliner following her senior season.

87: Hilary Pattenden Goaltender Having played in the first-ever game for Canada's U18 women's ice hockey team, Hillary Pattenden was a highly talented goaltender from British Columbia. A second generation athlete whose mother was a professional tennis player, Pattenden would break Jessie Vetter's record as the all-time winningest goaltender in NCAA women's ice hockey history, a record that Noora Raty would eventually surpass. Selected as the first pick overall by Team Alberta in the 2012 CWHL Draft, she would become the first player in league history to be taken first and never play in the league. Following the draft, she enrolled at Brock University and would find employment with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

88: Renata Fast Player A multi-sport star who also excelled in soccer, Fast would compete at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. With the Golden Knights, she would capture the NCAA Frozen Four championship in 2014. Selected by the Toronto Furies in the 2016 CWHL Draft, along with fellow Golden Knights alum Erin Ambrose, the two would also represent the Furies at the 2017 CWHL All-Star Game. In her CWHL debut, Fast would gain an assist on a goal scored by Natalie Spooner, the Furies first goal of the season.

89: Alicia BlombergPlayer Donning the maroon colors of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Alicia Blomberg was a swift skating forward who was part of an exciting era for the program. Playing alongside the likes of Fannie Desforges, Carling Chown, Maude Laramee and Vickie Lemire, Blomberg was a significant part of the offense. Among the highlights of her Gee-Gees career, she gained the opportunity to compete against the Czech Republic in an exhibition friendly in Rockland, Ontario, just days before the opening faceoff of the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds in Ottawa. Blomberg’s local legacy is enhanced by the fact that she is a legendary competitor in the Ottawa-Vanier Women’s Ball Hockey League. Having competed for Canada in three consecutive ISBHF World Championships, she would capture the gold medal in both 2013 and 2015. In 2013, Gee-Gees alums Danika Smith and Desforges (considered one of the 50 Greatest Ball Hockey players in Canadian history) were among Blomberg’s teammates. Playing alongside her sister with Team Italia at the 2017 edition of the ISBHF Worlds, she was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. In 2017, Blomberg would also enjoy another milestone in her career. One of numerous women’s hockey players that have competed in Red Bull Crashed Ice, she enjoyed a Top 10 finish at the Crashed Ice event staged in Ottawa, the first time that Canada’s capital region hosted the event.

90: Marion Hilliard Player, Executive During the halcyon days of the 1920’s for women’s ice hockey, Marion Hilliard was one of the most prominent competitors in Southern Ontario. A member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s ice hockey team, she captured six consecutive championships from 1922 to 1927. In later years, she would not only serve as the team President, she was also the women’s Athletic Directorate for the university. When CIAU was rebranded into Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Marion Hilliard Award was introduced to honor her memory.

Each of the four conferences in CIS play has their own version of the Award, and the winner from each conference qualifies as a finalist for the national version of the Award. The criteria for recognition involves exceptional accomplishment in three areas: hockey, academics and community involvement. Kori Cheverie would capture the Atlantic University Sport version of the Award for three consecutive years, a conference record. Nicole Kosteris, a goaltender for the Varsity Blues during the 2010’s would be the first to capture the national version in successive years.

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