NEW GLASGOW — A rare piece of hockey history has repeated itself with a female player on a male minor hockey team in Pictou County.
Jorja Burrows was among goalies who survived the final cut for the Pictou County Peewee AAA Crushers and their only female team member.
The Crushers completed the second weekend of the regular season in the Mainland Pewee AAA Hockey League.
Burrows, who is 12, said she enjoys playing for the Crushers, but that’s not the only reason why she’s glad to be playing on a male team.
“I like that the shots are harder, and I’m meeting lots of new people,” she said after a recent practice with the team. “A lot of the players on the team like to talk to me. They don’t treat me like I’m different because I’m the only girl on the team.”
Burrows was five when she started playing hockey and seven when she began tending goal. She said she feels confident that the goalie equipment she wears is sufficient to protect her.
“I’m confident I’m protected but I’m still able to move,” she said.
Crushers’ head coach Jeff Green said he holds Burrows in high regard due to her individual skills and what she contributes to the team. He said Burrows was a late addition to the team during its pre-season tryouts after her parents asked if she could re-enter the process.
“We originally had 12 goalies who came out for our spring tryouts,” he said. “There was some question if she’d play with the Bantam AA girls, but she was a huge acquisition for us. When she’s in the game, she’s a very calming influence. She plays with a lot of poise and confidence.”
The Crushers completed the second weekend of the regular season in the Mainland Peewee AAA Hockey League by sweeping both games against the Antigonish Bulldogs.
Cade Moser, Landon Steele and Amias Crossman each scored once as the Crushers defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 on Saturday at the Wellness Centre with Burrows solid in goal.
Clint MacLaughlin, Ben Manos, Owen Conrad and Moser collected assists.
Keagon Dalton scored twice in the Crushers’ 5-1 victory over the Bulldogs on Sunday in Antigonish.
Mosher, Caden Campbell and Wyatt Spence also scored, while assists went to Levon Walst, MacLaughlin, Crossman and Steele.
Alex Palmer was solid between the pipes for the Crushers.
The Crushers next see league action against the West Hants Warriors in a home-and-home affair that includes a 2:30 p.m. starter on Saturday at the Wellness Centre before the second game on Sunday in Brooklyn.
Jorja Burrows takes a break from hockey practice with the Pictou County Peewee AAA Crushers. (Goodwin photo)