Goalie Hannah Miller, and defenceman Sarah Jerome (right) are two of the eight recruits for 2017-18 (Photo Credit: Jenny Shallow)
WATERLOO, Ont. (May 26, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team has brought in eight new recruits for the upcoming 2017-18 season as announced by head coach Rick Osborne
Sporting the Golden Hawk crest this coming year will be forwards Emily Didanielli from Whitby, Ont., and Emily Visser of Caledonia, Ont., as well as defenders Rebecca Hall from Uxbridge, Ont., Sarah Jerome of Stoney Creek, Ont., Kaitlin Saxton from Oakville, Ont., and Annalyssia Price of Toronto, Ont., in addition to goaltenders Cohen Myers from Shakespeare, Ont. and Hannah Miller of Georgetown, Ont.
“This group will make us better on both special teams, raise our compete level even higher, and when they arrive at training camp in September ready to go they will blend in perfectly with the rest of our team," said head coach Rick Osborne
on how the young recruits will positively effect the team.
Hall and Didanielli both hail from the Whitby Wolves of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL), who finished second in the regular season with a 26-8-3-1 record. Hall, the Wolves’ Assistant Captain, picked up a goal and added 10 assists in her final year. As for her teammate, Didanielli was a huge contributor up front where she earned seven goals and nine assists.
In addition, Jerome, Miller, Visser, and Saxton played in the PWHL with the Stoney Creek Sabres, whose team posted a 20-11-5-2 season. Jerome was a clear playmaker for the Sabres, having tallied a goal and 15 assists from the blue line, alongside Saxon who also added key points from the back with three goals and five assists. On offence, Visser was a force for the Sabres having accumulated career-highs for both goals and assists, with six to her name for both categories.
Lastly, Price was added from the Aurora Panthers of the PWHL where she produced two goals and six assists.
In net, Miller joins the purple and gold after a three-year career in the PWHL.The 5-8 netminder is coming off an impressive season, where she started 22 of 38 games in which she listed a 13-5-4 record. Furthermore, the 2016-17 season saw Miller record her highest number of saves in her time with the Sabres, coming in at 360 saves on the season. Consequently, she registered a .930 save percentage in addition to a 1.21 goals against average this past year.
Joining Miller between the pipes will be Myers, who spent the last four seasons in the PWHL with the Kitchener-Waterloo Rangers. Standing at 5-6, the netminder started the majority of regular season games, and registered 416 saves on 448 shots. Myers came away with a .929 save percentage and 1.74 goals against average, helping her team to a 22-9-4-3 record and a sixth place finish in the standings.
“We will be young but our recruiting class does not lack in high level experiences and demonstrated results," commented Osborne on the talent of his newest players. "Our goaltenders Hannah and Cohen have six years of PWHL experience between them and have always been near the top of the PWHL in goals against average and save percentage, our four new defencemen Sarah, Rebecca, Kaitlin and Anna all bring the same type of experience and will add size, speed, vision and toughness to our back end while the two Emily’s up front add speed, more toughness and tenacity to our group."
The incoming players are strong additions to the team, which will undergo a transformation this year due to a large graduation class that saw the Hawks lose seven veterans from 2016-17.
“This year’s rookie class marks the end of a three year recruiting blitz and completes a reload of the woman’s hockey program," added Osborne. "Another eight rookies will give us 21 players in their first three years and one player in fourth year.”
The eight recruits will join the Laurier ranks in September for training camp and will get their first taste of OUA action in early October when the Hawks open up the regular season.