FREDERICTON, N.B. (from UNB Varsity Reds) – Another two players have committed to joining the UNB Varsity Reds women’s hockey team when it returns to Atlantic University Sport play next season.
Head coach Sarah Hilworth has received U Sports Letters of Intent from defender Amanda Desrochers of Winnipeg and forward Julia Spitzig of Cambridge, Ont. The UNB Varsity Reds will return to AUS women’s hockey in 2018-19.
Desrochers is a 17-year-old 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.
Spitzig is a 17-year-old right winger with the Cambridge Jr. Rivulettes, of Ontario’s Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Spitzig, in her Grade 12 year at St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary in Cambridge, currently leads the Rivulettes in scoring with nine goals and 10 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.