Lakers welcome Irwin, Gilkinson to Women’s HockeyWednesday, January 16, 2013 by: Chris Dawson
New Lakers recruits Brooklyn Irwin (left) and Kate Gilkinson (right) are excited to be part of the Lakers Varsity Women's Hockey team which hits the ice in the fall of 2013.
Nipissing Lakers women’s hockey coach Darren Turcotte is pleased to welcome a pair of recruits from the Cambridge Rivulette who will attend Nipissing University in the Fall of 2013.
Kate Gilkinson is a 5’10” defencemen is an Owen Sound native that will provide some offence from the back line. Gilkinson will be entering the BPHE program with the goal of teaching as a future profession.
“I am ecstatic to be a part of the first Nipissing Lakers women's hockey team,” said Gilkinson.
“Coming into my first year in the OUA I am looking forward to having the opportunity of being able to play with and against the veterans in the league. It's exciting to be a part of a new program that is helping to further build women's hockey in Ontario and Canada.”
For his part coach Turcotte is excited to welcome Gilkinson to the program.
“Kate will add some offence from the back end as she possesses one of the best shots I have seen in female hockey," said Turcotte.
"Kate makes a great first pass coming out of the zone that will allow our forwards to attack with speed. Her size allows her to play very tough in the defensive zone and will allow our goalies an opportunity to see the pucks coming in from the point."
Brooklyn Irwin, is a 5’7” forward from Ayton has tallied 8 goals and 3 assists in 24 games played in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Turcotte believes that Irwin is another forward that will give the team some size up front.
“Irwin has great hands and can really shoot the puck. We look forward to working with her and developing her game and I am confident that Brooklyn will add some offence to our line-up," said Turcotte.
Irwin felt Nipissing was the right choice due to the impressive reputation the school is building both academically and athletically.
“One thing that stands out at Nipissing is the small class ratio that speaks of a strong commitment to high academic performance as well as the sense of community on the campus," she said.
"I was also impressed with the facilities and residence and am looking forward to student life at Nipissing."
The 2013-14 women’s hockey roster is quickly shaping up as the Lakers look to make a splash in their inaugural OUA season.