As the first half of the season ends, the Huskies sit comfortably, enjoying a solid 10-1-2 start, and boasting the best goals against average in the country. Now shifting to recruiting, coach Larade and the Huskies are pleased to announce their first wave of commitments for the 2017-2018 season.
The women's hockey Huskies have added defensemen Kaity Howarth from the Whitby Wolves of the PWHL, Alexa McMillan of the Northern Alberta X-treme, as well as forward Katie Peddle of Stanstead College and goaltender Dagny Hudspeth of the Burlington Barracudas, also of the PWHL.
"The addition on of these four girls not only brings solid depth and skill to our program, but also adds to our existing track record of solid academics. All four of these girls come in with outstanding marks, leadership qualities, and a true desire to be better every day", says Larade.
Howarth, a 5'8'' native of Thunder Bay, ON is excited about joining the Huskies. "What ultimately made me choose SMU was the school's academics and great hockey program, as well as the small campus and location which made me feel right at home. I hope to become an impact player and a good addition to an already great team atmosphere."
McMillan, a 5'4" smooth skater from Edmonton, AB most recently played for Team Alberta at the U18 National Championships where she served as alternate captain. She credits her visit on campus as being the ultimate factor in choosing SMU. "I chose SMU because when I visited the campus, it just felt right. The university was a great fit and I really connected with the coaching staff. I am confident I can add some speed and puck movement from the back end and to be a great teammate on and off the ice."
Coach Larade expects Howarth and McMillan to be key contributors right away and help an already steady blue line. "Those two will be key additions and real corner stones of our D-core moving forward. Alexa is as great a skater as I have seen in this conference, and Katie is strong at both ends of the rink. More than anything, the maturity these two show in their respective games as well as off the ice bodes well for us moving forward."
Joining the two defensemen is 5'9" forward Katie Peddle from Labrador City, NFLD who is currently at Stanstead College. Peddle is a solid two-way forward with raw skill and a great head for the game.
"Katie's intangible qualities made her a valued asset we wanted to commit to. I have witnessed first-hand her outlook and attitude and can't wait to see that spread across our dressing room. I also think she is capable of some good offense, likely more than even she probably expects of herself."
Rounding out the additions is 5'9" goaltender Dany Hudspeth from Burlington, ON, who is currently battling out a knee injury which will keep her out of action for the rest of the season.
"Dagny is another solid person that we expect will challenge for top minutes down the stretch. Her game is technically very solid and her leg speed is very noticeable. She is proving to be very mentally strong as she undergoes some knee surgery and I truly admire her commitment to coming back even stronger than ever. We are confident that Dagny will be ready for September and look forward to seeing her between the pipes, defending our net."
Coach Larade is excited about the quality of the student-athletes his team is able to be adding and knows they will be great ambassadors and contributors for the Huskies' program.
The Huskies next pay on December 30th, 7pm at Alumni Arena when they host the Dalhousie Tigers in the annual Halifax Cup game.