October 25, 2017

19894697_748351048679812_753491119751873258_nOver 80 players will descend on Sheffield tomorrow for the ‘This Girl Can’ development day.

The girls are divided into u11, u14 and u17 groups for the morning session and will undergo on and off ice activities, drills and tests under the guidance of England head coach Ben Pitchley and members of the ENTP coaching staff.

For the afternoon session the players have been drafted into NHL squads and will play a round robin competition culminating on their very own Stanley Cup Final with the JLMC silverware up for grabs.  The NHL All Star sides tomorrow are Bruins, Canucks, Capitals, Flames, Flyers, Kings and Leafs.

BRUINS – Zara Berwick, Meeyah Forbes, Phoebe Gregg, Mya Harewood, Kiera Jones, Clarice King, Grace Oldham-Hepper, Amy Robery, Caitlin Stocks, Jessie Taylor, Kate Taylor

CANUCKS – Lucy Beal, Katy Bell, Heather Clarkson, Megan Harrison, Anky Lenehan, Abi McCourt, Elouise Porter, Charlotte Spiby, Natalia Tamas, Olivia Turner, Hannah Ware

CAPITALS – Becki Benson, Martha Cornell, Ellie Cutts, Katy Dadd, Brodie Kidd, Zoe Marples, Vivian McGee, April Ramsey, Megan Urbaniak, Amber Usher, Ellie Wakeling

FLAMES – Heather Dendy, Sophie Halstead, Maicie Jakeman, Chloe Needham, Caoimhe Parsons, Kate Reid, Eva Szollosy, Genevieve Thorn, Robyn Wilson, Jessica Wooding

FLYERS – Emily Benson, Lilly Endicott, Alice Jones, Phoebe Mather, Katie Payton, Ellin Rees, Chloe Riley, Abby Rowbotham, Lydia Walsh, Alex Woolfe

KINGS – Abigail Aldred, Inez Brannan, Megan Burton, Poppy Cheetham, Charlotte Horvath, Jessica Jones, Lizze Saunders, Amelia Selby, Margot Sire, Sarah Woolfe

LEAFS – Martha Brown, Sophie Davies, Ava Dell, Brooke Doxey, Alicia Mason, Abigail Minter, Hollie Neenan, Ella Rooke, Olivia Ross, Melissa Veal, Kara Gledhill

Goalies (rotated across all teams through the tournament) – Emily Fallick, Teagan Hyatt, Emily Johnson, Amelia McGinley, Emma Nichols, Scarlett Richardson, Courtney Smith

JLMC Stage 1 lead Gary Apsley said: “We have had quite a bit of dialogue and discussion concerning the future of the female junior game and we have decided to try and cater for all junior female players.

“What is particularly exciting is that we are looking at the England girls programme too and we know that there has been quite a bit of chatter about England and GB so we have decided to look at everything with a fresh outlook on how the girls and women’s development model should look.

“The JLMC has introduced this new initiative to provide elite training and development opportunities for  female players and their parents. We are trying to provide a clear plan with a pathway from club, through conference and on to England.

“Beyond England is Ice Hockey UK’s Great Britain team and although we do not currently have a joined-up programme with GB, we expect this to become a reality over the coming weeks and
months. So you could say that we are just trying to get a head-start.”

The action starts at Ice Sheffield first thing Thursday morning with England coaching staff and IHUK development head coach Tony Hand also observing what the ENTP can do.