Saultite Brianne Veale to Bring Female Hockey Academy to the Sault

Saultite Brianne Veale will be bringing her 2017 Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy to Sault Ste Marie and will take place the John Rhodes Centre from August 14th to 18th.  This year’s camp will be comprised of three divisions (beginner, intermediate, and elite) that focuses on different skills and techniques between each division.

The divisions are based on skill rather than age, however we find Beginner is Tyke-Novice, Intermediate ranges from Atom-Peewee, and Elite Bantam and Midget.

Our instructors are all local female players who have finished their career at the CIS, D1, or D3 level within Canada or the USA.

With a minimum of four instructors on the ice at one time, girls are given more individual coaching throughout the 1 hour on ice session and we are able to focus on many different areas of training.

For the Intermediate and Elite levels we also include a 45 minute off ice session done by Fit Bodies – Fit Minds to help educate the athletes on proper nutrition, stretching and strength workouts.

Joining Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy founder Brianne Veale at this year’s August 14th – 18th camp will be Sautites Lyndsey Pilkington (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – CIS), Shannon Clement (University of New Hampshire Wildcats – NCAA DI), Lydia Murray (University of Maine Black Bears – NCAA DI) and Amanda Alexander (Marian University Sabres – NCHA DIII).

SCHEDULE and PRICES for all Divisions will take place in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the John Rhodes Community Centre on Rink ‘A’.

Meet the Founder
Brianne Veale was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie where she played in local hockey associations. She continued her career at the CIS level for Brock University and was assistant captain for the Women’s Varsity Hockey Team. Brianne has an extensive background in organizing and directing hockey schools in Canada and overseas.

Her passion for instructing began while teaching CanSkate and Powerskating programs in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. She continued to gain knowledge in directing programs as the Camp Coordinator for the Niagara Girls Hockey Camp for four years. In August 2012 and 2013 Brianne travelled to Europe to be a guest instructor at the Färjestad BK Hockey Alliance Girl Power Camp in Karlstad, Sweden.

After graduating university, Brianne continued her studies by achieving a post-graduate certification in Sport and Event Marketing. During this time she worked for the Toronto Maple Leaf professional hockey team as a Hockey Development and Community Relations intern. Throughout this internship she also organized the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey School.

Brianne created Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy for the purpose of developing and training female athletes to enhance their skill level and knowledge of the game and strengthen female hockey in Northern Ontario. She wants young girls to have the opportunity to learn from top female hockey players who have gone through the system and have mentors who can encourage them to continue reaching for their goals.

Guest Instructors
Lyndsey Pilkington (Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks – CIS)
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Lyndsey Pilkington (Parissenti) played at the Soo PeeWee until she was 17 years old. While playing hockey she was also travelling North America pursuing her speed skating career. Faced with a tough decision at the age of 19, Lyndsey decided to play women’s hockey for Wilfred Laurier University. In the 2004-2005 season Lyndsey and the Golden Hawks won the CIS National Championship. She claimed 3 Ontario University Championships in her 3 years of play.

Shannon Clement (University of New Hampshire Wildcats – NCAA DI)
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Shannon Clement was one of the first players in the Algoma District Women’s Hockey Organization (now SFHA). In 2003 she captured gold with team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Bathurst, New Brunswick. That same year she accepted a full ride scholarship to the NCAA Division 1 University of New Hampshire. Her 4 year career earned her multiple regular season and playoff hockey east championship titles as well as a trip to the NCAA Frozen 4 Tournament. Following her playing career, Clement spent two seasons as the Assistant Coach for the Elmira College Soaring Eagles in Elmira, New York, competing in the NCAA Division 3 ECAC West division. She was in charge of recruiting, fitness and defence and assisted the Eagles in competing in two Frozen 4 appearances.

Lydia Murray (University of Maine Black Bears – NCAA DI)
Former Wildcat of the Year recipient Lydia Murray continues to prove herself as a top contestant in the sport of hockey. Murray spent 8 years with the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats, earning a Provincial Bronze medal in her last season. In 2014, Murray’s hard work paid off, being invited to the U18 Team Canada Hockey Selection Camp. As a multi sport athlete, she was also named high school Female Athlete of the Year in 2015. Murray is entering her third season as a forward for the University of Maine Black Bears.

Amanda Alexander (Marian University Sabres – NCHA DIII)
As a previous member of the Sault Female Hockey Association, Amanda Alexander played 7 seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats. As a top goalie in the Sault, Alexander went on to play NCHA Division 3 hockey for Marian University in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. She was the starting goaltender for four years at Marian University, being named to the Honorable Mention team for outstanding play and an Assistant Captain in her final year. For the past 6 years Alexander has worked with USA Hockey to recruit and develop female goaltenders for the USA National team.

About the Academy
Northern Elite Female Hockey Academy is committed to providing a positive, exceptional hockey experience that caters to all ages and skill levels to support the growth and development of female athletes in the community.

Understanding the need for female hockey growth in Northern Ontario, we are excited to teach athletes the necessary skills to meet their goals. Through detailed on ice drills, athletes are educated on all aspects of the game to increase their knowledge of the sport as well as their skill and technique.

Off ice conditioning is a crucial aspect of the game. Our athletes work with the staff at Fit Bodies. Fit Minds to understand proper warm up and cool down activities and are further educated on training programs. Each day brings a new challenge and focus area for the athletes to become more aware of their mind and body.

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