(FREDERICTON, NB) The UNB Varsity Reds women’s hockey team continues to work towards filling the roster in advance of the team’s return to Atlantic University Sport play, next season.
Head coach Sarah Hilworth has received U SPORTS Letters of Intent from two more players.
Amanda Desrochers is a defender, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The 17-year-old is currently playing with the Midget AAA Winnipeg Avros, in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League. She’s in her Grade 12 year at Winnipeg’s Westwood Collegiate High School.
“The University of New Brunswick gives me the opportunity to go to a great school and play university hockey,” said Desrochers. “Coach Hilworth has been a huge part of my decision because of the passion she has shown towards rebuilding the Varsity Reds program, and her enthusiasm about the community.”
Previously, Desrochers was a member of the Bantam AA Winnipeg Titans and Westwood Collegiate’s varsity girl’s hockey team.
“We’re thrilled to add Amanda to our blue-line, and we know that with this addition we’ll have a group that we can rely on next year,” said Hilworth. “Amanda has had some valuable experiences with Hockey Manitoba, with their Top 40 camps, and plays big minutes with her team in Winnipeg. Amanda is also very dedicated to her studies, and we believe that we’re a perfect fit academically to allow her to achieve her goals.”
Desrochers plans on pursuing a science degree at UNB.
Julia Spitzig is a 17-year-old right winger, from Cambridge, Ontario.
She’s a member of the Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes, of Ontario’s Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Spitzig, in her Grade 12 year at St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School, in Cambridge, currently leads the Rivulettes in scoring, with nine goals and ten assists in 31 PWHL league games.
This season, the Rivulettes have earned silver medals at the Stoney Creek showcase, as well as the Brampton-Two Nations showcase.
“I’m extremely excited to be able to be a part of a team where every girl coming is wanting to establish a culture together,” said Spitzig.
“Julia has taken a step forward this year and will bring another element of leadership to our dressing room,” said Hilworth. “We know that Julia will continue to put numerous hours into becoming a strong student-athlete both on the ice and in the classroom."
Spitzig plans on studying psychology at UNB.
Both Desrochers and Spitzig will join the Varsity Reds beginning in the 2018-19 season.