With the 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Hockey Final set to start on March 4, four RDC Queens Hockey players have been recognized for their strong play this season.
Forwards, Ashley Graf and Jade Petrie were both named to the All-Conference First Team, while goaltender Tracie Kikuchi and forward Emily Swier received All-Conference Second Team Awards. All four student-athletes received the honours at the 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Hockey Finals on March 4 at Grant MacEwan University. “Having these players acknowledged helps our team by recognizing the type of student-athletes they are and the skills that are needed to play at this level,” says Kelly Coulter, Queens Hockey Head Coach. “They help set the bar for the attributes a Queens hockey player and ACAC student-athlete should have to be successful at the college level.”
In her final year of eligibility, forward Ashley Graf has established herself as “one of the premier passers in the ACAC and a consistent point producer,” Coulter says, adding that the Bachelor of Science in Nursing student from Red Deer “is also a dedicated team member who is always willing to help the team.”
Also from Red Deer, Legal Assistant Diploma student, Jade Petrie, is in her fourth year with the Queens and is a tenacious player with outstanding offensive skills. “Jade is a very hard player to defend, as she’s very quick and shifty,” Coulter explains. “She’s had many timely goals during the season that were often game winners.”7
As one of the two goaltenders on the team, second year Kinesiology & Sport Studies student, Tracie Kikuchi, “is a very dedicated and focused athlete,” says Coulter. “She and Jen West always gave our team an opportunity to win games with their outstanding play and timely saves.”
Emily Swier from Spruce View is in the Management Certificate program at RDC and in her fourth year with the Queens. “Emily is an outstanding player who plays with heart, passion and intensity every game. She leads by example and embodies what I believe are the traits that a Queens player needs to possess to be impact player.”
When Coulter reflects on the past season, he acknowledges the effort that the players contributed at each step. “The players faced challenges and adversity with a never quit attitude, and I am very proud to have worked with these student-athletes. They are outstanding role models for the next group of Queens hockey players.”