Fort St. John will be represented at the 2019 National Women’s U-18 Hockey Championship when it gets started in Morden and Winkler, Manitoba, on November 3.
Brooke Disher, who currently plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep team, is one of seven defence players on the roster, and one of three players from her OHA team.
Disher attended the Team B.C. Selection Camp in Vancouver September 19 to 22, and was named to the team on September 23.
“It was pretty exciting to find out I made it. I really wanted to make the team this year after coming close last year,” said Disher.
Disher made the Team B.C. Top 40 camp a season ago, but was cut before the main selection camp. That she made the team just a year later is a big accomplishment considering she’s only 15.
“I’m the youngest player on the team. There will be so much to learn, from all the experienced girls and coaches, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Disher played minor hockey growing up with the Fort St. John Flyers before playing in Calgary, and is now in her third season with the OHA.
Last season was Disher’s first at the female prep level, and she credits that with helping her make the team this year.
“Female prep is the highest level of midget there is and I think having that year of experience of my belt really helped me at camp this time around.”
She had a strong rookie year in female prep, with 17 points in 28 games and was a big reason why her team finished second in the regular season.
Disher will be joined at the championships by two of her OHA teammates, Olivia Buckley and Ashton Thorpe.
“We had a really good time at camp and I think our team will do really good at the championships,” Disher said.
B.C. Hockey feels good about the team’s chances as well.
“We look forward to continuing the recent success of Team BC with this group of talented players,” B.C. Hockey Chief Executive Officer Barry Petrachenko said about the new roster.
OHA Female Prep coach Matt Hughes said Disher was deserving of the honour.
“She’s a really driven athlete, works hard in practice, in the gym, is passionate about the game, and earns everything she gets. This is a huge confidence boost and a great opportunity to test herself against the best the nation has to offer,” said Hughes.
OHA plays three games this weekend to start the 2019-20 CSSHL season, and it’s a chance for Disher to get some practice before she heads to Manitoba on November 2.
She is one of seven defence players on Team B.C., but doesn’t yet know what her role or playing time will be.
“I’m not sure what I’ll get, but I’ll work hard no matter what and be ready to go when I’m on the ice,” said Disher.
Team B.C. will start things off with an exhibition game against Quebec on November 3, before the round robin begins November 5.
The gold medal game will take place November 9.
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