Dollee Meigs, playing in last year's Holiday Tournament, is one of 8 recruits for women's hockey (Photo Credit: Trevor Mahoney)
WATERLOO, Ont. (June 18, 2013) - Wilfrid Laurier University women's hockey coach RICK OSBORNE
will have eight new faces on his squad in 2013-14 after he announced his recruiting class for the upcoming season on Tuesday.
Joining the Golden Hawks next year will be a goaltender, three defencemen and four forwards. Amanda Smith
of Burlington, Ont., will suit up between the pipes for the Hawks, Montana Merante
of Mono Mills, Ont., Catie Thomson
of St. Catharines, Ont., and Jacky Normandeau
of Uxbridge, Ont., will be on the blueline while Michelle Quick
of Bradford, Ont., Dollee Meigs
of Owen Sound, Ont., and Jessica Prevette
and Heather Platt
, both of Mississauga, Ont., will join the forward core.
"This year's recruiting class will be one of our strongest in recent history," commented Osborne, who will be entering his ninth season behind Laurier's bench. "The group brings excellent size, skill, strength, conditioning and work ethic to our squad. They should blend in quickly with our veteran returning players to form a strong, cohesive until that will follow in the Golden Hawk hockey tradition."
Strengthening the Hawks in net will be Smith, a 5-5 goaltender who played for the Etobicoke Dolphins of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) last season. Starting in 20 of her teams 22 games, Smith posted a 9-8-3 record with a 2.19 goals against average and a 0.932 save percentage.
"Amanda is a great athlete with an outstanding work ethic," said Osborne of his newest netminder. "She will team with Kayla Brown
, our returning goaltender, to provide a strong unit in goal."
Merante is the first of three new student-athletes of Laurier's blue line and was a teammate of Smith's last year with Etobicoke. Standing 5-7, she posted one goal, six assists and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games last year.
"Montana is a great skater who has above average agility and great mobility on the ice," commented Osborne. "I see big offensive upside to her game."
The second of the three defencemen is Thomson, the third member of the Dolphins who will don the purple and gold in 2013-14. Also 5-7, she had six assists and 30 penalty minutes in 38 games played a year ago.
"Catie will be a solid stay at home defender who will make good decisions on the ice," said Osborne. "She promises to be a physical presence for us in our own zone."
The final defence recruit for Osborne this year is Normandeau, a member of the PWHL's Aurora Panthers last year. Another defender with good size, she had one goal, 22 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 38 games last season.
"Jacky sees the ice very well and is another physical presence on the blue line," commented Osborne on his final defence recruit. "With her accurate shot from the point, she promises to be a skilled power play contributor for us next year."
Moving to the forwards, Osborne has added three members of the Oakville Hornets to his team for 2013-14. Prevette is the first of the group and had a well-rounded year last season scoring six goals and 10 assists in 38 games.
"Jessica is a very unselfish, hard-working power forward who can play many roles for us," said Osborne. "She sees the ice very well and is an excellent passer."
Joining Prevette is Platt, who was an assistant captain with the Hornets last year. Standing 5-8, she recorded eight goals and nine assists to go with 30 penalty minutes and she finished third on team scoring.
"Heather is a skilled, playmaking centre who plays a physical brand of hockey," commented Osborne. "She has tremendous offensive upside to her game and will be an impact player for us."
Quick is the third forward to join the purple and gold from Oakville and was an offensive force for the Hornets a year ago. In 37 games, Quick netted a team-best 14 goals while finishing second in team scoring with 19 points.
"Michelle is another power forward who can play many roles for us," said Osborne. "She has great speed and will bring more physicality to our team next season."
The final member of this year's recruiting class is Meigs who played locally last year with the PWHL's KW Rangers. An offensive force, she netted 17 goals and 17 assists, along with 32 penalty minutes, in 39 games last season.
"Dollee has great vision on the ice who can find her teammates with a great pass or finish around the net," commented Osborne. "Look for her speed and skill to put a lot of pressure on opposing team's defences next year."
The Golden Hawks open their season at home on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on the Windsor Lancers at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.