There is plenty of great hockey news in hockey-mad Kimberley this week. First, the Dynamiters are making a deep run in the KIJHL playoffs. Second, there is a PeeWee Provincial championship underway right now (do stop by the Civic Centre and catch a game). And third, a local girl, Natasha Singer, has just won the Junior Women’s Hockey League championship with her team, the Warner Hockey School out of Warner, Alberta. The finals were played in Buffalo, New York.
Natasha is 17, in grade 12 and graduating in the spring.
Of course she dreams of the national team but the next step is CIS or NCAA university hockey,” said Mom Donna Singer. “She is weighing her options in both those. Ultimately she loves the game and wants to keep playing as long as she can.”
Natasha, who plays goal, was born and raised and playing hockey in Kimberley but has had to move to pursue high level female hockey.
Last year she played in the BC AAA major midget out of Nelson and this season she made the jump to the Junior Women’s Hockey League, which is arguably the best female league in North America.
The league consists of teams from Boston, Washington DC, Colorado, and Vermont as well as a Northern Division including Calgary’s Edge School, Balmoral Hall out of Winnipeg, Vancouver, Okanagan Hockey Academy, Notre Dame, and the Warner Hockey School based out of tiny Warner, Alberta.
Natasha has had a great season and was also named to the All-Star team and played in the All-Star game in Washington DC.
The Warner Hockey School is a full time program for high school girls.