Newbridge Academy Varsity Female Hockey is pleased to announce the following returning players to the 2017-2018 line-ups.
With the summer signing season upon us, Newbridge Academy Varsity Female Program is proud to announce the return of some of our “Original 12” back to school and to the program. After a very enjoyable start up first year of the program we are pleased to welcome back the following players:
Mackenzie Drake – U14 – Mackenzie will be returning to the program to help in the formation of a very strong core for our Bantam U14 Program. Although Mackenzie has been attending Newbridge Academy for the last 4 years now, making the jump into our first year of female hockey programming was important for the development of the team to move it forward. She played with more and more confidence each day on the ice and has started to establish herself as a team leader on and off the ice.
“The most impressive thing about Kenzie is that she works so hard and is coachable. Her work ethic is strong and she will do the things necessary to continue to improve herself as a player. This is a great trait for any player in this program. Along with her time on the ice, she is equally impressive in the classroom. The independence in the terms of the dedication it takes from an individual combining academics and sport is something that is not lost on Kenzie. This makes her a very well rounded student-athlete that Newbridge Academy can boast about.” – Paddy Flynn
Samantha Blair- U14 – Sam is returning to Newbridge Academy for her second year, and we are very happy to see her back. Sam brings a special effort in the classroom and to the ice every day of the year. Samantha is highly coachable and unique in the fact that she is capable of playing any position on the ice and making a difference to the success of her team. Sam will return to secure the back end of the team at the defense position.
“Last year when I had the opportunity to coach Sam, I had no idea just how committed she was to the team game. Her individual ability to play a versatile brand of hockey that supported team success was very impressive. As well, it did not go unnoticed just how much of a leader Sam was and she brought that to the team in a very quiet unassuming way making her a very important “glue” type player that every team needs in their program.” – Paddy Flynn
Audrey Donahue – U14 – After a very impressive year of high academic achievement and solid endeavors on the ice, Audrey returns to secure the back end of the Bantam U14 Team with her on ice defense partner Sam Blair. Audrey plays with the same high level on and off the ice and in the classroom. The outgoing Donahue is a true competitor and a great teammate. Audrey continues to grow in her game and in stature. She brings an offensive touch from the defense core that is welcomed in any program.
“Often very involved in the fun business of the team dynamic, Audrey knows when to turn the switch when it is time to focus on academics and especially when she trains for, and plays the game. I’ve noticed how she brings her own very special brand of leadership to the team and her teammates know when she is on the ice, it’s all business. Opponents are aware as well as the front of the net isn’t pleasant to be around in the blue areas. I am very happy she is back to continue to help in the growth of our program.” – Paddy Flynn
Emma Bishop – U17 – Emma is returning to our female programming for the first year build of our Midget U17 Program. Emma is a key piece to this program and that was a proven fact for us last year when she joined our bantam team. She is a competitive beast in the gym and on the ice. In addition to her commitment to the game, Emma is a very serious and commitment student.
As an added note, five years ago, Emma’s Grand Father Bernie Bishop passed away. He was one of the first hockey instructors with Newbridge Academy and was a long time coach and instructor in the community. In his memory, the Bernie Bishop Memorial Award was created. Emma, in her first year at the school was honored with this award which celebrates the Newbridge Academy student that exudes integrity, honesty, commitment to academics and a genuine love of the game of hockey.
“I didn’t know what I was getting into until I stepped on the ice with her this past year. The desire and commitment to improve was refreshing to say the least. With a program that boasted two lines, one would think that the amount of ice time would have been enough; however, you wouldn’t know it with Emma. She thrives on more and that is what makes her a special talent. I am happy that she is returning to help our school attract the right players to the program and help with the success of the female program.” – Paddy Flynn
Sophia Rowe – U17 – The female program welcomes Sophia back for this coming year. If there was an award for a player that cared the most, she would fit that bill. Sophia’s work ethic and desire shows through every time she is on the ice. It is clear this part of her game will continue especially after the tremendous strides she has taken over the course of last season. The steady growth of her abilities was solid and appreciated by her teammates. Moving forward this year with the challenges of the overall schedule we are confident that she will once again take leaps forward in her development as a Newbridge Academy student-athlete. In addition to her heavy schedule, Sophia also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program and will continue this coming year.
To be termed, “a glue” player is significant and when used by coaches, you will know that you have a player that will never quit on their team. That is the standard set by Sophia Rowe and that is what she brings to the program. Sophia is a committed student-athlete and strives to improve herself on and off the ice. She is coachable and a positive role model to her teammates. I am very happy to have her back and I know that she will be ready for the coming season.” – Paddy Flynn
Paige Bodnar – U17 – Paige returns to the program to become one of the first members our newly formed Midget Female Varsity Program. As an “Original 12” member of the Bantam U14s last year, Paige came to the program as a multi-sport athlete and exceptional student. Crossing over from ringette, Paige continued to make a smooth transition into her new role as a hockey player. Her improvement was quick and effective especially in the second half of the season. She took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program and will continue this coming year. She was rock solid as a player and teammate and demonstrated a desire to learn making her very coachable. As a student, Paige was recognized for her dedication in the classroom and was awarded the Sullivan Family Scholarship marking the end of a very successful academic year.
“Paige is a true athlete and has shown a commitment to improvement in her sport. It was a pleasure to watch her develop in the second half of the season as each day brought something new in her growth. As a teammate she had strong ties with each teammate and spent the time to get to know them and work with whether in the classroom or on the ice. Paige is a real leader and passionate about her school. She is getting it done the “Newbridge way”. – Paddy Flynn
Tait Hayden – U17 – Tait returns to the fold after a steady and solid year with the U14 Program. A year that saw Tait start to grow her game and take it to another level. Her pleasant demeanor and willingness to improve makes her a coachable player and great teammate. With the improvement in her game, she will be ready to meet the challenges of the coming year. Tait continues to commit to her training and with that her confidence is starting to grow. Being in the program in year one, Tait knows the stresses of study and hockey on the road and in the classroom which will make her transition to the U17 level much smoother. Tait will be teamed up on the back end with some solid D partners this coming year.
“Tait came a long way this year and has grown in academics and in the knowledge of what it will take to continue to reach new heights as a student-athlete. She was a solid contributor to the success of the U14 Program last year and no doubt will continue in that progression with the U17 Midgets. Always a pleasure to coach, she is committed and that will be important to her development this coming year.” – Paddy Flynn
The Newbridge Academy Female Program is off to a great start with exciting announcements on our newest members to the female varsity program coming in days ahead.
Female Head Coach
Director of Varsity Hockey Programs