(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI—UPEI Women’s Hockey Head Coach Bruce Donaldson is pleased to announce two Ontario Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) players have committed to UPEI for the 2015 season. Stoney Creek Sabres forward Jessica Brown and Etobicoke Junior Dolphins forward Rachel Colle are the team’s newest roster additions.
Brown, originally of Johannesburg, South Africa, currently attends Tapply Binet College in Ancaster, Ontario. Her family immigrated to Canada when Brown was six years old. She began playing hockey at eight years old, and shortly thereafter fell in love with the game.
“Jessica will add strength, size, and experience to our lineup,” said Donaldson. “Coming out of a program like Stoney Creek, which emphasizes strong team play, makes Jessica a great fit for our program.”
“I am honoured to become a Panther and look forward to making UPEI my second home,” stated Brown.
Colle, an honours student with the Richview Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario, started with the Dolphins hockey organization when she was five years old. She is currently enjoying a strong season garnering nine points, and scoring key goals for a strong program. In 2013–14, Colle played with the Dolphins Midget AA team recording 24 goals and 11 assists for a total of 35 points.
“Rachel brings speed, size, and a ‘team-first’ attitude to our Panther program,” said Donaldson. “The signing of Brown and Colle is the start of our goal to become a more offensive, bigger-in-size team, with complementary skill levels.”
“I’m very excited and proud to have the opportunity to become a UPEI Panther next season,” added Colle.
Brown is enrolled in the arts program, while Colle will study business administration.