Sunday, October 7, 2012

Female Goalie Eyeing Junior A Hockey

Female Goalie Eyeing Junior A Hockey, Relative hockey newbie, Peyton Parker, sets her sights on standing between the Junior League goal posts. Female goalie Peyton Parker aspires to play Junior A hockey, Peyton Parker seems focused more on overcoming being a short goalie rather than being the "girl goalie," which is how it should be.

It will be a long time before it is not news when a junior hockey team has a woman in net. In Parker's case, it's a safe bet the female goalies who preceded her at the junior level - the roll call includes Canadian Olympic team star Shannon Szabados, current Harvard freshman Emerance Maschmayer and pioneer Manon Rhéaume - did not do so after playing organized hockey for only five years.

Last month, the 18-year-old made the Junior B Almonte Thunder after reaching the main camp with the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Junior A Central Canada Hockey League, where she turned in a shutout period in preseason. As a latecomer to the goaltenders' union who's also 5-foot-6, Parker is hopeful that holding her own among harder-shooting male players could lead to her earning a NCAA scholarship. Playing female hockey can be fun, but junior hockey is her best bet to earn that coveted chance to move away from home to study and play.


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