Katia Piccoli is one of four players to join Laurier for the 2014-15 season.
WATERLOO, Ont. (July 28, 2014) - Wilfrid Laurier women's hockey head coach RICK OSBORNE
is pleased to announce the four incoming student-athletes who will join his team for the 2014-15 season.
Suiting up for the defending OUA Champion Golden Hawks next year will be forwards Karley Campbell of Forest, Ont., and Katia Piccoli
of Richmond Hill, Ont., along with defenceman Alexandra Pears
of Victoria, B.C. and goaltender Nicholle Kovach
of Schomberg, Ont.
"Our four recruits bring to the table some common characteristics that will have an impact on our team success," says Osborne of his recruiting class. "Each of the players has an incredible work ethic, on-ice assertiveness, and a passion for the game and the Golden Hawk brand which will be crucial to us as we look to defend our OUA title next season."
Campbell highlights the list of incoming players as she joins the Hawks after starring for the Bluewater Hawks of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) for the last four seasons. The 5-6 scoring forward played 112 career games for Bluewater, registering 34 goals and 79 points during that span. Her best season came last year when she had 16 goals and 34 points in 38 games, leading her team in goals, assists and points.
"Karley is a tenacious and very skilled hockey player," stated Osborne. "She has an extremely high hockey IQ and will be capable of playing a large variety of roles for us. She is equally effective in all three zones on the ice and knows what to do around the net."
Joining Campbell up front is Piccoli, who comes to Laurier after suiting up for the Etobicoke Dolphins of the PWHL in 2013-14. The 5-10 forward is a presence on the ice and in 38 games last year had five goals, two assists and 46 penalty minutes.
"Katia is a power forward who will bring an element of toughness as well as create a lot of traffic around the opposition net," said Osborne. "She works hard off the ice and is a difficult player to play against. I also believe we will find some hidden offensive upside to her game over the years."
On the blueline, Pears will do the purple and gold next year after playing for the Pacific Steelers of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) last season. A stay-at-home defenceman, she had two assists and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Steelers in 2013-14.
"Alexandra is a solid defenceman who can also play forward if required," said Osborne of the west coast product. "She brings an element of toughness, has a great work ethic and a willingness to play whatever role the team might need her to play."
The final member of this years class is Kovach, who comes to Laurier from the Aurora Panthers of the PWHL. The 5-6 netminder is coming off a season in which she posted a 5-15-0 record with a 3.61 goals against average, a 0.898 save percentage and one shutout with a struggling Panthers' squad.
"Nicholle will be a solid addition to our goaltending team," said Osborne. "She works extremely hard on the ice and in the classroom and balances both with great time management skills. She is a good athlete who has plenty of upside and will partner with Amanda Smith
to make our team rock solid at the goaltender position."
All four players will get their first taste of OUA action on Thursday, October 2 when the Golden Hawks kick off defence of their OUA Championship against the Nipissing Lakers at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.