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Melissa Miller part of leadership team for Canada heading into 2022 Worlds

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Vaughan, Canada – The National Ball Hockey Association of Canada is proud to name and congratulate the Women’s captain for the 2022 World Ball Hockey Championship.

Melissa Miller will lead the group into Slovakia.  The Kingston, Ontario native has been a leader in the locker room and continues to mould the group and young players the program has brought in over the years.

Miller has been with the program since 2013 and been a part of three gold and one silver medal wins.

“It’s an honour, it’s such a storied program” expressed Miller “We have a locker room full of great players and a bunch of great leaders.”

“We have a great group of young women leading our players, who are all prepared to lead the team in 2022″ stated Terry King, Head Coach.

The 2022 World Ball hockey Federation Championships will be hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia the week of June 19-25.

Canada announced the alternate captains for Canada’s National Team, with Corissa Parker, Shannon Turner and Isabel Menard.

“These three players are all leaders in their own right, who have the respect of their teammates,” said Terry King, Head Coach of Canada’s National Team.

King continued, “all three bring great character and determination and we are excited to have them as alternate captains.”

Wrestler Jasmine Mian makes history with election to Calgary city council


CALGARY — Newly elected Calgary city councillor Jasmine Mian joins several Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have run for political office in Canada and won in recent years.

Mian, an Olympic wrestler in Rio in 2016, follows federal MPs Adam van Koeverden (kayaking), Lyne Bessette (cycling), Carla Qualtrough (Paralympic swimming) and B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell (Paralympic track and field) into public office.

Evan Dunfee, a racewalker who won an Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo this past summer, has indicated an interest in running for city council in Richmond, B.C.

“He messaged me a little while ago and was just very encouraging of me, and said ‘I’m thinking of running,'” Mian told The Canadian Press.

“I think he would be amazing, in part because there’s so much walking and door-knocking, and he would knock that out of the park.”

Mian (pronounced MEE-in) was the lone woman running in Calgary’s Ward 3.  

Results that will be made official Friday had her winning by 2,253 votes in Monday’s civic election.

UNB Reds continue winning ways to start 6-1 on sensational season


(FREDERICTON, NB) A late powerplay goal from first-year forward Payton Hargreaves (Whitby, ON) gave the UNB REDS a 2-1 victory over the Dalhousie Tiger on Saturday night. 

Hargreaves was named Subway Player of the Game for her game-winner.

“I thought our powerplay was due for one,” said Hargreaves describing the goal. “It was a mad scramble in front, I saw someone take a shot and then the puck just popped out to the right spot and I was able to put it in.”

Fellow first-year forward Ava Benedict (Falmouth, NS) also found the scoresheet for UNB to help support a solid 22-save outing from REDS netminder Kendra Woodland (Kamloops, BC). 

Taylor Joyce (Halifax, NS) had the lone goal for the Tigers and Maggie Baxter (Mahone Bay, NS) stopped 26 shots in a losing effort.

The game was played before 191 fully-vaccinated and masked fans at UNB’s Aitken Centre.

Both teams opened with clean, defensive-minded hockey, with the REDS holding a 7-6 edge in shots in a scoreless first period.

“I have a lot of trust in the team in front of me,” said Woodland.

The game’s first high danger chance came just over five minutes into the second when Tamina Kehler (Chilliwack, BC) broke up the right wing and placed a low shot on net. Reagan Minor (Dunnville, ON) just missed the rebound.

Two minutes later, Sage McElroy-Scott (Morden, MB) split two Dalhousie defenders and just had her stick lifted before she could put a shot on goal and would follow that with a similar chance a short time later, after an expiring REDS powerplay.

The game would finally get its icebreaker just past the halfway mark as Benedict cruised into the slot off the rush and fired a shot past the glove of Baxter to give the REDS the 1-0 lead.

The Tigers would come close to an equalizer with under five minutes left in the second when Mackenzie Drake (Dartmouth, NS) slipped past the REDS defence for a breakaway, only to put a shot just over the top of the UNB goal. The REDS would take their slim lead into the third.

“We wanted to find more points in transition to move the puck up a little bit quicker,” said REDS head coach Sarah Hilworth, about some of the mid-game adjustments her team made. “I thought we got caught a couple times being too aggressive in the neutral zone, but we definitely had that focus going into the second to put more pucks and bodies on net.”

With 10 minutes left in the game Joyce would chip the puck just past the outstretched pad of Woodland to tie the game for Dalhousie.

“I think, in our third periods we are coming back hard every time and it’s just a matter of time before [the results] start evening out,” said Joyce on the Tigers’ game.

UNB would respond just a minute and a half later, with the Tigers on the penalty kill, as Hargreaves found the puck to put UNB up 2-1. The REDS would hang on through a late Tigers powerplay to seal the win.

Shots were 28-23 for UNB, and the REDS remain unbeaten in regulation at 5-0-0-1. Dalhousie drops to 1-4-1 on the season.

UNB will visit their inner-city rivals, the St. Thomas Tommies, next Friday. Game time is at 7:00pm. The Tigers will travel to PEI on Friday for a matchup with the UPEI Panthers.

Ten female officials represent titanic chapter for AHL


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson announced today that the league’s roster of on-ice officials for the 2021-22 season includes female referees and linespeople for the first time.

The first AHL game ever officiated by a female referee will be the Lehigh Valley at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton contest this Saturday, Oct. 16, with Katie Guay working alongside Brandon Schrader. On Sunday, Oct. 17, Kelly Cooke will be teamed with Beau Halkidis for Rochester at Utica, and Jacqueline Zee Howard joins Carter Sandlak for Lehigh Valley at Hershey. Schrader, Halkidis and Sandlak are among 10 referees and six linespeople who will split their time between the AHL and NHL this season.

Other new members of the AHL refereeing staff include Laura WhiteSamantha HillerElizabeth Mantha and Amanda Tassoni, while Kendall HanleyKirsten Welsh and Alexandra Clarke have been added to the AHL staff as linespeople. All have been part of the NHL and NHL Officials Association’s mentorship program and invited to attend the NHL Exposure Combine.

“We are honored to be able to play a role as these officials continue their development towards working at the sport’s highest level,” said Howson. “They each bring years of experience in the collegiate, junior, international and women’s professional ranks, and they will all be great additions to our staff this season.”

The American Hockey League has been developing on-ice officials for the NHL throughout its history. Among members of the 2021-22 NHL officiating staff, every referee and 97 percent of linesmen came through the AHL during their careers.

In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of every National Hockey League organization. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

Kirsten Welsh adds to growing list of achievements with OHL assignment


Welsh will be a linesperson when the Mississauga Steelheads square off against the Guelph Storm during a pre-season game on Thursday.

“This is an incredible opportunity and I can’t really put into words what it feels like to be working in the Ontario Hockey League,” said Welsh. “Being an advocate and having this opportunity, I just feel so lucky.”

Welsh brings a plethora of officiating experience to this role from NCAA III and NAPHL in Pennsylvania. She was one of four women to officiate in the NHL for the first time during the Buffalo Sabres’ pre-season prospects tournament.

Welsh, 24, was born in Blackstock, Ont. She was the captain of the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team from 2015-19, where she recorded 91 points over 128 regular-season games.

Welsh will also work Friday’s OHL pre-season game between the Oshawa Generals and Windsor Spitfires and will get regular assignments during the upcoming OHL regular season.