PICTOU – Julia Scammell says she’s looking forward to competing again at the Hockey Canada Under-18 female hockey championship.
The captain of the Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League, Scammell, 17, is the only Pictou County player on Team Atlantic and was scheduled to leave on Saturday prior to the first day of games today in Regina. The tournament ends on Sunday.
Scammell is on Team Atlantic for the second straight year playing defence after having competed at the Atlantic Challenge Cup in October. Players were chosen based on their performance at the annual event in Moncton.
“It’s pretty awesome,” she said. “I went last year and it was a really good experience. I’ve been working out in the gym a lot for it, besides being on the ice. I know most of the players on the team quite well because there are quite a few Nova Scotians on the team. I know quite a few of the others from playing in the spring league.”
The Selects are first in the four-team Nova Scotia league and appear to have a good shot at the provincial championship.
As for Scammell, she plans to attend the University of New Hampshire and take kinesiology there while playing hockey.
“They approached me after watching me play,” she said. “I went to some schools, but that’s the one I liked the most.”
The national championship, which began in 2001, features eight teams from across the country: Alberta, Atlantic, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario Blue, Ontario Red, Quebec and Saskatchewan.