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VG Hockey: New Year Report

By Bernie Pimm
Stanstead College Varsity Girls Hockey continues its rise towards becoming one of the premier female hockey development programs in North America.

Beyond the wins and losses – which include a program-defining win over Shattuck-St. Mary’s U19 by a score of 4-2 on December 6 – all of our girls are advancing to college hockey. While most of our players are trending towards playing NCAA Division I, we also have girls choosing to play for some of the top Division III and U-Sport programs as well. We continue to thrive as a pipeline for provincial teams and national-level play, as no fewer than 12 of our players have or are on track to play for their respective provincial teams. From USA Hockey and European perspectives, all three of our current players have played in their national program at various levels.

At an average age of Grade 10.4, we are still a young U19 squad. This becomes evident when we play top U19 competition, as we continue to strive to find consistency and sustainability at a higher level of play. Through our recruiting efforts and current levels of success, we continue to focus on finding character-filled young women who have drive and desire to improve every day. Given the recent addition of our PG/Grade 12 Cowen House residence, we are an exceptional landing spot for the true U19 prospect (Grades 10, 11, 12).

Moving forward, we started the new year off with an exceptional 2020 schedule against the top New England prep school teams in #1 ranked Noble & Greenough, #6 ranked Buckingham Browne & Nobles as well as NAHA White U19 at Harvard University January 4-6, 2020. From there, we take another crack at #1 ranked Shattuck-St. Mary’s at Bishop’s University January 14-16, before heading off to the JWHL Washington, DC Showcase in February. In between those dates, we return to our NAPHA schedule by taking on a much-improved Northwood Prep and RNS at Cornell University.

Our coaches and players are extremely excited for our second half, as many of our Grade 10s ready themselves for the June 2020 NCAA recruiting season. With 22 games left in our 60-game schedule, it will be great to see how the players have learned how to play a competitive team game.

  • Record: GP38 W27 L8 T3
  • Academics 18 (Chairs: 3 / Heads: 6 / Honours: 9)
  • World Championships: Team Canada U18: Marianne Picard; Team Germany U18: Svegna Voigt; 5 over last 3 years
  • Provincial Team Nationals: 6
  • Recent Commitments: Emile Fortunato, Holy Cross ’21; Emily Holmes, RIT ’20; Melianne Reynolds, Norwich ’20
  • 95% of graduating class has commitment
  • Played 6 top U19 USA and 5 top U19 Canada teams for a total of 25 games so far this season

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