University of Prince Edward Island Women's Hockey Coach Bruce Donaldson is ringing in the New Year by announcing that Mirimichi, New Brunswick native Shelby Foran has committed to the Panthers for 2017–18.
For the past three years, Foran, a forward, has attended the Winchendon School, a college preparatory boarding school in Winchendon, Massachusetts where she has played several varsity sports, with hockey being her favourite. Prior to Winchendon, she played for the North Stars Midget Triple AAA team in Mirimichi and with the New Brunswick provincial team.
"I am very excited to play with the UPEI Panthers because, even at a young age, I always wanted to play university hockey. I can't imagine a better place to make those dreams come true than at UPEI. When I toured UPEI and the city of Charlottetown, it felt like home. I look forward to working hard, both academically and athletically at UPEI, and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead."
"Shelby is a strong, offensively-minded forward who will greatly complement our line-up. She has great reach, is a strong skater, sees the ice very well, and, most importantly, can finish with consistency. While we expect that she will immediately be an impact player, we see Shelby as one of those athletes who will continue to improve each year as the team continues to build towards the future."
Foran has been accepted into the Faculty of Science at UPEI and plans to complete a degree majoring in kinesiology.
As part of its community outreach, the UPEI Women's hockey team recently raised $860.40 in a door-to-door campaign to support the Alzheimer's Society of PEI. The squad will head to Fredericton this Saturday, January 14 for its first game away after the Christmas break, taking on St. Thomas at 3:00 pm. UPEI plays the Université de Moncton on Sunday, in Moncton, at 2:00 pm.