WATERLOO, Ont. (May 4, 2016) - Wilfrid Laurier women’s hockey head coach RICK OSBORNE is pleased to announce the six players that have committed to the Golden Hawks for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Joining the purple and gold next year will be forwards Carly AuCoin of Cambridge, Ont., Emily Woodhouse of St. Mary’s, Ont., Jaden Head of Whitby, Ont., Julia Talman of Whitby, Ont., and Aynsley Harrison of Corunna, Ont., along with defenceman Jamie Watson of Georgetown, Ont.
"This year's recruiting class will add size, strength, speed and on-ice assertiveness to our group," said Osborne on the additions to the purple and gold. “Perhaps most importantly, though, they will help provide a lot of offensive upside to our group, an area that we struggled in last season.”
Highlighting the incoming group are a pair of local products in AuCoin and Woodhouse, who both suited up for the Cambridge Rivulettes of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) this season.
Woodhouse, an assistant captain with the Rivulettes in 2015-16, led the team in scoring as they posted a 17-15-5-1 record. The 5-7 forward recorded a team-high 14 goals and added eight assists to finish the season with 22 points.
Meanwhile, AuCoin finished the year tied for fourth in team scoring as the 5-4 forward notched five goals while dishing out 12 assists for 17 points in 38 games.
Another pair of teammates will be joining the Golden Hawks next year as Head and Talman, both former members of the Durham West Lightning, will continue their careers in Waterloo. The two forwards were instrumental members of a Lightning team that finished the PWHL regular season in first place as they went 27-2-5-4 this past year.
Head, a 5-6 forward, was part of an offensive lineup that produced 107 goals this year, third best in the league. She finished the season third in team scoring as she racked up 12 goals and 11 assists in 38 games. As for Talman, the 5-7 forward recorded three goals and seven points in 37 games.
The fifth forward in this year’s class is Harrison, a 5-7 forward who suited up for the London Devilettes. In 35 games this past season, Harrison registered five goals and seven assists to help her team finish with a 15-13-8-2 record.
Rounding out the 2016-17 class is Watson, a 5-6 defenceman who played with the Burlington Barracudas. Serving as the team’s captain this past season, Watson recorded three goals and 12 assists to finish fifth in team scoring as Burlington posted a 15-17-5-1 record.
“Jaden and Emily up front, along with Jamie on the blueline, all played significant minutes and produced strong results on the power play last year with their junior teams,” added Osborne. “Carly, Aynsley and Julia will provide speed and size and an ability to play whatever role we need them for.”
"This will be a deep group of forwards and the added depth of our roster at all positions will make for a competitive training camp in September."
All six players will look to help the Golden Hawks build off a season in which they finished seventh in the OUA with a 10-3-9-2 record before upsetting the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues in the OUA Quarter-finals to reach their 22nd consecutive conference semifinal.