April 16, 2014, Charlottetown, PEI (ISN) – UPEI Women’s Hockey Head Coach Bruce Donaldson is very pleased to announce that Madison Clarke is joining the Panthers for the 2014–15 season.
Clarke, originally from Hilden, Nova Scotia, played defence for the past three years with the East Hants Pro Cresting Penguins of the Nova Scotia Midget AAA hockey league. The team won the 2014 Provincial Championship and competed at the Atlantic Championships earlier this month, losing in the championship game against New Brunswick. In the 28-game season, Clarke recorded two goals and three assists along with 28 penalty minutes.
“Madison is a great young player who brings a strong work ethic to her game,” said Donaldson. “She is very dependable – great mobility and enjoys the defensive side of the game. We see her as someone who will fit nicely within our defensive zone system and will develop to be a future team leader.”
Clarke has also been a part of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program competing on the U-15 and U-17 Atlantic Challenge cup teams.
“I’m very happy to be coming to UPEI. The coaching staff is sincere in their interest in me, and very approachable. The hockey program and UPEI’s science department feels like the perfect fit for me, and I can’t wait to further both my education and hockey as a Panther.” said Clarke. Clarke hopes to pursue Kinesiology during her studies at UPEI.
Clarke’s Midget hockey coach Les Parker commented, “Madison has been a solid player for the Penguins since putting on the uniform three years ago. She is reliable, smart on defence, and reads the ice and plays extremely well, skates well, and was a true leader in our room and on the ice. Above all else, she is a very coachable player who shows up to play every night. UPEI has landed one of our top players from Nova Scotia. The Penns family wishes the Panthers and Madison all the best in her AUS career.”
UPEI Athletics and Recreation Director Bill Schurman welcomes Clarke to UPEI. “It is a pleasure to welcome Madison to the University of Prince Edward Island. We will provide the necessary supports for success in the classroom and on the ice, and I’m sure Madison will enjoy her Panther experience.”