Shiayli Toni to join UBC women’s hockey next season


VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey is proud to announce the second recruit to commit to the program for next season. Saskatoon, Sask., native Shiayli Toni will arrive at UBC in the fall of 2015.

She is a 5-foot-6, 140-pound forward, who is currently competing as a post-graduate player for the Athol Murray College at Notre Dame Hounds of the Junior Women’s Hockey League.

“Shiayli is an amazing person, student and leader,” remarked Thomas. “She is going to fit in well with our group. Her dedication, character and leadership is evident as she was selected the most dedicated player two years in a row and a team captain in her three years at Notre Dame.

“Toni, as a player, brings a lot of speed, strength and power to our line up. She has a great shot and can play in any situation. We look forward to utilizing her versatile skills on our UBC team.”

In her first campaign with Notre Dame (2012-13), Toni was named one of the team’s assistant captains and tallied four goals and seven assists in 28 regular season games as a Grade 11 player.

In 2013-14, Toni recorded 11 goals and six assists in 31 regular season games, while serving as team captain.

She earned the honour of the squad’s Most Dedicated Player in both years.

A versatile player who is often relied upon to fill different positions and roles when needed, Toni is currently playing defence fas her team needs her on the back end. Notre Dame is currently in first place and Toni has recorded two goals and five assists in 10 games so far.

In the classroom, Toni was acknowledged for her academic and social achievements by being selected to President’s List and chosen as the 2014 female recipient of the President’s Cup at Notre Dame.

She also represented Saskatchewan at the 2011 Under-18 National tournament in Saguenay, Que.

Toni joins Vancouver native Mikayla Ogrodniczuk as players who have already announced their intention to play for UBC beginning next season.