St. Thomas University women’s hockey team has recruited two new players for this fall’s roster.
Lauren Legault from Manitoba played as forward for the Shaftesbury Titans and Alison Bruder from Ontario played defence for Stoney Creek Intermediate AA Junior Sabres are looking forward to wearing Tommies colours.
Bruder played 28 of the Sabres’ 29 games this season with one goal and one assist. She said she is attracted to the Tommies successful season and STU’s community spirit.
“On my visit to the school, I felt like I was at home and was welcomed enthusiastically, not only by the team, but by St. Thomas University and the community,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this winning team and I can’t wait for next year.”
Tommies head coach Peter Murphy said Bruder’s skills will allow her to be paired with an offensive-minded line mate.
“Alison is a defensive defender who is solid in her end. She makes a good first pass and you know what you can expect when she’s on the ice,” he said.
“We’ve had good success with the alumni from Stoney Creek and we know she comes from a winning program. She’s a great kid who wants to improve, which I see as an asset.”
Legault leads her team in scoring with 20 points off eight goals and 12 assists.
Tommies forwards Emily Oleksuk and Becky Conner also played for the Shaftesbury Titans and made it easier for Legault to choose STU.
“I’ve heard such great things about STU from my two former Titan teammates about how great the school is and that the coaching staff and hockey program at STU are fantastic,” she said.
“I’ve always wanted to go to the East Coast, and after going for a tour of the school and seeing that it was a small university with a small-town feel, I knew instantly this would be a perfect fit for me. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Tommies hockey team.”
The Tommies are looking forward to adding another offensive player on the ice.
“Lauren is a speedy forward with a great first step. She’s offensively gifted but also defensively responsible,” Murphy said.
“She’s a great kid with a great personality, and it was quite a coup for us to have her commit in October.”