SMU Huskies

Women's hockey add more local flare to 2019/20 recruiting class

Women's hockey add more local flare to 2019/20 recruiting class

The Saint Mary's Women's Hockey Huskies are proud to announce the addition of four recruits for the 2019-2020 season.

Joining the Huskies will be Toronto-Leaside Wildcats' defender Lauren Papp, Cape Breton Chevy Panthers' forward Aimee O'Neill, as well as Madison Gray and Ellen Laurence, both forward for the Metro Station Six Fire.

Laurence, a Kentville, NS native, led the NSFMHL in scoring this year and was named league MVP. O'Neill, from Glace Bay, was last year's NSFMHL MVP and earned first line all-star recognition this year along with Gray, from Hammonds Plains, NS.

Coach Chris Larade expects all three to be key players for the Huskies as soon as they set foot on campus. "All three Nova Scotia players will bring a wealth of success and experience to our program. All three were on the Canada Games team and proved to be very key players for Team Nova Scotia, and showed they can skate and play with the country's best. Maddie is the likely the smartest two-way forward to ever come out of the local midget league, and Aimee and Ellen have the potential to provide some high-end offense for our program moving forward. The addition of these three gives us a lot of options up front."

Rounding out the 2019 class is Papp, of Brampton, Ontario, is a smooth-skating and puck-moving defender. "Lauren was on our radar early and we are extremely pleased to have her join our program. Her season was cut short due to injury this year but her attitude and leadership qualities should enable her to fit right in and play some solid minutes for us next year."

With opening of the new Dauphinee Centre, the Huskies will be back on campus next season and ready to reclaim the AUS title. Coach Larade feels that these additions will greatly enhance their chances of that. "These four young ladies are not only dynamic players, but also excel in the classroom as well. I am truly excited at the opportunity of coaching them and seeing what they will contribute to our program both on and off the ice".