Walpole Island’s Kaitlyn Isaac, 16, is in Quebec City this week competing in the Under-18 National Women’s Hockey Championships.
Isaac is playing for the Team Ontario U-18 Blue squad, after making the team this past summer. Try-outs were held in July.
The tournament is an evaluation for the U-18 Team Canada national program.
Isaac and Team Ontario ‘Blue’ are battling Alberta in their first game of the tournament on Wednesday, November 1 at 1 p.m. They’ll face Atlantic on Thursday, November 2 at 10 a.m., Ontario ‘Red’ on Friday, November 3, at 4:30 p.m., before the playoffs take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Historically, the Under-18 National Women’s Hockey Championships has netted more than $1.5 million in economic impact for the host region, and as with all Hockey Canada events, net proceeds are redirected to support the growth of the game locally.
“The National Women’s Under-18 Championship is an important milestone for the players who participate, but also for the host communities,” state Dean McIntosh, senior director of events and properties, Hockey Canada, in a press release.
A number of Canadian women’s hockey stars have competed at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship, including 20 players who helped Canada’s National Women’s Team win a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship, in Kamloops, B.C.
A Grade 11 student at Wallaceburg District Secondary School, Isaac also plays for the Bluewater Hawks of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Back in February, Isaac made a commitment upon graduation to play Division One hockey for Cornell University, in New York.
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