Saturday, September 6, 2008

Meet the Freshmen: #4 Brittany Haverstock

Gandalf has been doing a bang-up job posting profiles of each member of the women's team, but I thought I'd add some additional information on the incoming freshmen.

First up: #4 Brittany Haverstock, D
Gandalf's profile
Uwbadgers.com profile
Team Canada profile (scroll to page 18)

(Photos from uwbadgers.com and pwhl.ca.)

Brittany has quite a bit of national and international experience, and I'll see what I can do to summarize it here.

Playing with Team Nova Scotia, she won gold medals at the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Atlantic Cup Championships and a bronze medal at the 2006 Atlantic Cup Championship. Also with Team Nova Scotia, she participated in the 2005 Esso Women's Championships and 2007 Canada Winter Games.

Playing with Team Atlantic, she won a bronze medal at the Nov 2005 National Women's U18 Championships - at the age of 14, she was the youngest player in the tourney. Also with Team Atlantic, she participated in the Jan 2005 NWU18 Championships and the 2007 NWU18 Championships.

Playing with Team Canada U18, she won a silver medal in the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championships in January -- in 5 games, she had 2 assists and finished +10. She was also a member of the 2007 U18 team that swept Team USA in the U18 series last summer -- she scored a PP goal in Game 3. By the way, after playing in that tourney, she was featured in the Canadian Sports Center-Atlantic Newsleter.

As Gandalf mentioned, this summer Brittany moved up to Canada's U22 team and participated in the U22 series v. Team USA. Click here and scroll to page 18 to see her profile in Team Canada's media guide. Team Canada won the series 2-1, but Brittany was held of the scoresheet.



Brittany played last season with the Stoney Creek Sabres of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL). With the Sabres, she won gold medals at the PWHL Championships and the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) Provincials.

I'm a bit confused, because her profile at uwbadgers.com says the following: "Played for the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League ... through 54 games tallied seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points for the Sabres ... two game-winning goals ... had a plus/minus of +29 ..." -- yet the PWHL stats page indicates she had 4 goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 32 games. She finished second among Sabre defensmen in scoring.

It appears that Brittany has been a winner at every level -- prior to joining the Sabres, she played 2 years at the Warner Academy, a hockey academy in Warner, Alberta, where she helped the team win 2 consecutive league titles.



Brittany was named the 2008 IKON Female Team Athlete of the Year presented by Sport Nova Scotia.

Badgers Coach Mark Johnson says the following about Brittany:
“Brittany is an offensive defenseman who is a strong attacking threat from the blue line. She is a good skater with good skills, discipline and focus. She’s the type of defenseman who likes to join the rush.”
About hockey, Brittany says:
"You meet your closest friends through sport and no matter what you're doing with it you always have a great time. The opportunities are endless for hockey, you can get your education paid for and you can have the opportunity to represent your country on numerous occasions."