WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey program has recruited nine players for the 2014-15 season, announcing a round of new additions to the roster of Monday.
The recruiting class is the biggest change since head coach Jon Rempel has been at the helm, noting he tried to keep his scouting as local as possible, but acquired some national talent as well.
“We have a real mix of different kinds of players coming here, which is something we needed,” adding some solid out-of-province recruits will suit up with the Brown and Gold.
The Bisons have brought in Alexandra Anderson — just one of a handful of players coming from the Winnipeg Avros of the MFMHL. The 17-year-old defenceman completed the season with 25 points in 28 regular season games.
“Alexandra is a player with a unique skill set and very impressive offensive abilities. We feel that she is going to be a huge asset in our program in many facets of the game, including special teams play, ability to create offense from the blue line and her ability to distribute the puck,” Rempel said. “Having only played AAA midget for one year and seeing what she has been able to do in a short amount of time is really exciting for our program and our coaching staff.”
The other eight recruits announced earlier are forwards Nicole Carswell (MFMHL’s Winnipeg Avros), Alanna Sharman (MFMHL’s Winnipeg Avros), Tasmine Hemmingway (Grande Prairie Midget AAA Female Storm), Erin Kucheravy (MFMHL’s Winnipeg Avros), defenceman Megan Tully (MFMHL’s Central Plains Capitals), forward Lauryn Keen (MFMHL’s Pembina Valley Hawks), forward Courtlyn Oswald (MFMHL’s Central Plains Capitals) and defenceman Erica Rieder (Saskatchewan Female Midget Hockey League Regina Rebels).
After the 2013-14 season, the Bisons lost 11 players to graduation.