April 14, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskie women’s hockey team is proud to welcome two new recruits to the program.
NCAA transfer-athlete Lauren Zary, as well as B.C. midget AAA standout Chelsea Wilson are the latest to make their commitment to don the green and white in the 2014-15 season.
The Huskies had a historic season in 2013-14 capturing their first-ever Canada West title and placing third at the CIS Championship. The 2014-15 schedule will be released in June.
Lauren Zary, Forward, 5-5
Brown University (NCAA Division 1)
Midget Team: Saskatoon Stars
Lauren Zary spent the last two seasons with Brown University (NCAA Division 1). The Saskatoon native played midget AAA for the Saskatoon Stars and was twice selected to Team Saskatchewan U18 female team, including a spot on the Team Saskatchewan at the Winter Games in Halifax in 2010. She sits fourth all-time in Saskatchewan midget points with 136 points (44 goals, 82 assists).
Beginning to play hockey in the boys bantam division, Zary switched to female in Bantam AA, playing for the local Comets. In her four seasons with the Stars, one as an underage player, Zary credits winning the prestigious Mac’s Tournament in 2011 her top hockey moment.
Zary becomes the first Huskie Athletics athlete to use the new CIS eligibility repatriation rule. The rule, beginning in September 2014, allows Canadian student-athletes completing at an NCAA institution to return home to Canada to play at a CIS member university without having to wait one year.
Lauren Zary Comments:
“When Steve Kook presented me with the opportunity to come back home and play for the Huskies I was ecstatic. Not only am I looking forward to being back home where my family and friends are, but also to be a part of the Huskie hockey program. Steve and the coaching staff have done an astounding job and I have the upmost respect for them and what they have done with the program. With winning the first Canada West Championship and the first medal at the CIS Championships this year in Huskie Women’s Hockey history, its clear they know what they are doing behind the bench.
Apart from the coaching, I’m also excited to be joining such a great group of girls. I know basically all of the girls on the team, whether they are previous teammates or I played against them in the SFMAAHL. All of these girls are not only tremendous athletes, but also humbling people off the ice and I know it will be fun being one of their teammates.”
Steve Kook Comment:
“ We are very much looking forward to having Lauren join us next season. Obviously, Lauren will come to us with a couple years experience in the NCAA playing at a high level of hockey. She is a good staker with strong puck skills. Her offensive instincts and abilities will be a welcome addition with the graduation of fifth-year Cami Wooster.”
Chelsea Wilson, Forward, 5-6
Fraser Valley Phantom (Midget AAA)
Hometown: Langley, B.C.
Chelsea Wilson will add a scoring threat to the Huskies lineup. Twice selected to Team B.C. U18 team, Wilson has played twice in the ESSO Midget Female National Championship, including in 2014, after winning the provincial championship with the Fraser Valley Phantoms. With the Phantoms, the 5-6 left handed forward, has also won the Mandi Schwartz Midget AAA tournament hosted by the Notre Dame Hounds, as well as won a silver medal at the prestigious Mac’s Tournament. Wilson has tallied 13 goals and 14 assists in 31 games this season for the Phantoms.
Chelsea Wilson Comment:
“I’m so excited about attending U of S, right from meeting Coach Kook, visiting the school and meeting everybody it just felt like the right fit for me. Making it an easy decision to call it my second home, I am be proud to be a Huskie.”
Steve Kook Comment:
Chelsea plays a very rugged complete 200-foot game with her Fraser Valley midget team. She plays in all situations and has a knack of producing timely scoring. We first saw Chelsea play at the National U18 tournament and when we saw her play again this past winter at Notre Dame, we did not hesitate to offer Chelsea the opportunity to join us. A lot of midget players have a good grasp of the offensive side, but Chelsea plays a solid game in her own end and that combination is what attracted us to her”