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Amie Lee, Cheverie on national team

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NEW GLASGOW — Two athletes who grew up in New Glasgow will join the staff for the Canadian team that has been chosen to play at the 2019 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship.

Kori Cheverie has been named an assistant coach, while Amie (Malcolm) Lee will be a therapist on the team. The roster was announced on December 10 for the team that will contest the world championship from January 6 to 13 in Obihiro, Japan.

“I’m really excited,” said Lee, who resides and works at Nova Spinal Care in Bedford. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be part of Hockey Canada and to be able to travel.”

Lee was a figure skater until she was 16 and earned a science degree from Dalhousie University and a Masters in physiotherapy from Queen’s University.

“Over the last 10 years I have done extra sport courses, sports exams, endless volunteering and have worked my passion into my job,” Lee said.

She is one of nine physiotherapists in Atlantic Canada who have achieved a diploma in sport physiotherapy as well as the recognized status of Registered International Sport Physical Therapist.

She recently attended Hockey Canada’s senior women’s national fall festival in Dawson B.C. and Calgary.

“Words really can’t express how I was feeling when asked to join the U-18 team and Hockey Canada in Japan,” she said. “This is a group of individuals who have put their heart and soul into everything they have done to prove that they deserve to be there, me included … You always work towards that higher goal, that next step, in hopes that someone recognizes you, your hard work and dedication. Hockey Canada has done that for me and I cannot wait to get to Japan to show my skills and passion to help these athletes be the best they can be.”

Lee said she recognizes how her work has changed since she started applying her studies.

“Understanding the game better and understanding players better is a big part of it,” she said. “It’s important to be pro-active before there is a problem.”

Cheverie is based in Toronto. She made history when the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team named her to the team’s coaching staff, the first female hired as a full-time assistant coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men’s hockey.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s my first opportunity to be with the national program. We have a really great group of girls and a great staff. I’m excited to get everything under way.”