2021 Female Hockey Day will be taking place virtually (via Zoom) on January 30 & 31 (9am-12pm each day, times subject to change).
This event will follow Hockey Canada’s Pond to Podium Development Series, which will connect coaches, players, officials and parents directly with resources from national team athletes, coaches and staff. Female Hockey Day will include a variety of sessions covering relevant topics for athletes from U9 - U18, and feature speakers from the national, provincial, and community levels – all to celebrate female hockey.
Registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the event.
Fuelled by Gatorade
2021 Female Hockey Day will be Fuelled by Gatorade. Each participant registered will receive an event package including a Gatorade bottle, towel, and other materials. Register by January 26 to receive your package for the event.
For further information, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at [email protected]
Sara is a Senior Scientist at the GSSI satellite lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, Masters of Science in Kinesiology, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Sara’s Masters focused on resistance training-load mediated muscle hypertrophy in trained young adults. Her Ph.D. work focused on dietary protein quality and alterations in protein metabolism, specifically muscle protein synthesis, in both inactivity and resistance training models. In her spare time, Sara enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and watching Toronto based sports teams.
Dayna Owen backstopped Team Alberta to a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. Following her appearance with Team Alberta, Dayna played for the University of Alberta Pandas for 4 seasons, winning a National Championship in the 2016/17 season. She now is currently a member of the University of Calgary Dinos.
While Dayna is an incredibly focused and disciplined athlete, she also prioritizes time to give back to the game and the Team Alberta program. Dayna has served as a goalie coach at multiple U16 and U18 Team Alberta Female camps, sharing her knowledge with up and coming goaltenders and players.
Cass Vilgrain suited up for Team Alberta on two occasions at the U18 National Championships in 2011 and 2012. Following her appearances with Team Alberta, Cass earned a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where she played 3 seasons in the NCAA before transferring to the University of British Columbia. At UBC, she completed her post-secondary education playing for the Thunderbirds. Cass was an instrumental piece to both post-secondary programs.
Following her post-secondary career, Cass traveled to Sweden in 2018 to compete overseas in the SDHL for one season. Cass currently resides in Calgary and works as the Marketing Coordinator for Kudos.
In her hockey career, Cass was a tremendous leader who always embraced a challenge and lead by example. Her work ethic, grit, and determination shone through on and off the ice and as a result she was placed in numerous leadership roles throughout her career. She was named Assistant Captain of Team Alberta in 2012, University of New Hampshire in 2015, and UBC in 2017.
Hailing from Lloydminster, Alex Spence has suited up for Team Alberta on two occasions. She was a member of the Gold Medal winning Canada Winter Games Team in 2019. Following the victory at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, she captained Team Alberta at the U18 Nationals that were held in Manitoba in November of 2019.
Following her appearances with Team Alberta, Alex earned a spot on the Mount Royal University Women’s Hockey Team where she is currently taking her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Katy Josephs represented Team Alberta on two occasions. She competed at the 2009 U18 National Championships in Surrey, B.C. and she captained Team Alberta to a gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. Prior to winning gold at the Canada Winter Games, Katy earned a spot on the U18 Canadian National Women’s Team that won a silver medal at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
Katy Josephs was a member of the Highwood Raiders U18 AAA Female Team of the AMMFHL for three years prior to earning a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where she competed for the Badgers for four seasons, scoring 73 points in her University career. During Katy’s time at the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers made three appearances at the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four National Championship tournament.
After obtaining her undergrad in engineering from University of Wisconsin, Katy moved back to Calgary and started working as a project coordinator. She applied for law school and graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary in 2019. Following law school, she was called to the bar in October 2020 after articling with Brunet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, a full service law firm in Calgary, AB. Currently, Katy is working as an associate at BD&P in the areas of Securities and Insolvency law.
Coach Carson has lived her dreams playing and coaching NCAA DI hockey and now she brings her experience to help educate players and their families on how they can achieve their goals.
Growing up in Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, Coach Carson remembers how overwhelming the recruiting process was. After an NCAA DI playing career with St. Lawrence University and an NCAA DI and DIII coaching career with the University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, and Trinity college, plus a professional playing stint in Prague for HC Slavia Praha, Coach Carson joined WHL Academy to ensure other young female hockey players can live their hockey dreams.
Coach Carson is the ultimate (virtual) coach to have in your corner as she uses her in depth knowledge of the recruiting process and college leagues across North America to further WHL Academy’s mission of empowering female hockey players to live their college dreams.
Started officiating in 2008/2009 season after having played hockey for roughly 15 years in AB and SK.
Events and Championships I had the opportunity to represent the province, country and my association were;
- 2 Esso Cups
- 1 Canada Winter Games
- 2 U18’s Womens Nationals
- 3 4Nations Cups
- 4 USport’s National Championships (Was assigned to PEI for 2020 Championship that was cancelled due to COVID)
- 8 IIHF Championships (Was assigned to the 2020 Women’s Worlds in Halifax that was cancelled due to COVID)
Highlight was working the gold medal game in Espoo Finland at the 2019 Women’s World.
Lyndsey Fry grew up in Chandler, Arizona. When she was born, there were less than 20 girls in the entire state of Arizona playing ice hockey. However, when she fell in love with the Mighty Ducks movies at 5 years old, she knew she wanted to be a hockey player despite the odds. She played with the boys until she was in high school at which time she began flying back and forth to Colorado to play for the Colorado Select where she played all 4 years of high school.
Lyndsey played 4 years of Division 1 college hockey at Harvard University (2015) where she received a degree in History of Science. During her time at Harvard, she took a leave of absence for a year to play for the 2014 Olympic Ice Hockey Team and won the silver medal with Team USA. After graduating, Lyndsey saw an opportunity to run hockey camps for girls in small hockey towns, similar to Chandler, throughout the US and started up her own business, Lyndsey Fry Hockey. She loved the business skills she was learning so much that she was inspired to attend Arizona State University and graduated in 2018 with her MBA.
In 2018, Fry was hired by the Arizona Coyotes as a Hockey Ambassador and Advisor to the President/CEO and helped lead the creation of two all-girls programs, Small Frys and the Arizona Kachinas which are the exclusive girls hockey programs in the state of Arizona. These programs have since become model programs for other clubs in the NHL such as the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals.
In 2019, Fry was selected to be a member of the NHL’s first Female Hockey Advisory Committee where she helps guide the NHL as they strive to be more inclusive of women and girls. In 2021, the Arizona Coyotes announced Fry as their newest radio analyst, making her the fourth woman to hold that role for an NHL team.
Tina is the Nutrition Specialist for Crash Conditioning in Calgary and CuJo Conditioning. She resides in Lloydminster, where she also is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the CuJo Conditioning program with her husband, Curtis.
She teaches at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, while continuing to be a Strength and Conditioning coach at CuJo Conditioning. Tina works with athletes and clients from around the world and is passionate about helping them improve performance and achieve their goals through improving their nutrition and lifestyle habits.
Perri Ford is a mental performance consultant and professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA). She supports teams and individuals as they navigate their journey through sport. Her passion for connecting with athletes is rooted in her personal experience competing, coaching and training at an elite level. With performance enhancement as the driving force for her work, she is able to guide athletes in building skills that are useful in both sport and in life. In 2018, she was awarded the Young Professional Award by the CSPA for her work in mental performance consulting in Canada. Perri has had the privilege to work with athletes at a number of different levels, and is honored to be accompanying Team Alberta to the Canada Summer Games in 2022.
Carla MacLeod made her Olympic debut at Turin 2006 where she recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in five games en route to the gold medal with Team Canada. MacLeod returned to the Olympic Games at Vancouver 2010 where she had five points (two goals, three assists) in as many games while earning a second straight gold medal.
MacLeod was a member of the women’s national program from 2003 until her retirement in 2010. She appeared in four IIHF World Championships, winning one gold medal (2007) and three silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009). MacLeod was also a member of the under-22 national team from 2000 to 2003.
Carla is currently head coach of the U18 Female Prep team at Edge School and won a gold medal as the head coach of Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
- Pro Goalie in the PWHPA 2019-Present
− Goalie for Women’s Ice Hockey at Cornell University 2015-2019 (Studied Pre-Med, Bachelor’s Degree, Bio Major, Psych Minor, Leadership Minor)
− Goalie in Team Canada Women’s Ice Hockey U18 and U22 & currently a member of the Hockey Canada Program
− Played at Rothesay Netherwood School Grades 10 through 12
− Played in the 2015 Canada Winter Games
- Played with Team Atlantic U18 2013
− Played for HNB 2009-2014
Kaeleigh first found yoga after a sports injury while playing hockey with the Concordia University Stingers in Montreal. Kaeleigh went on to work for Lululemon Athletica in its early days and had the privilege of trying all different forms of yoga throughout her early 20s.
Yoga became an outlet for her; to challenge her athletically, and to also help her find peace with an end to her hockey career and pausing her degree pursuits. She went on the complete her yoga teacher training, her degree in Cultural Anthropology, playing rec soccer and hockey all simultaneously and is convinced that her yoga practice is what kept her balanced and focused.
After working in the wellness industry for several well known wellness brands, Kaeleigh founded her own project in her hometown of Banff, the Banff Yoga Festival. Her goal was to highlight yoga and the many forms of the practice to show the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits one can experience from a consistent practice. Through her own experience, and as a former college athlete, she saw the benefits to both her own performance and to those of her peers. The festival, now in its 5th year, attracted over 1000 Yogis and grew to a second location in the Okanagan Valley.
Kaeleigh’s current practice is now rooted in YIN, a slow and deep practice to release and open the areas that experience the most wear and tear. She uses yoga to compliment a busy and active life. Kaeleigh is on the constant look out for innovative practices and approaches to yoga and wellness both for the best interest of the festivals, and for her own curiosity.
Kaeleigh is thrilled to be taking part in the honouring women’s hockey, where some of her lifelong friendships have come from. She gives thanks to her father, Billy Doherty, a great hockey mind and mentor in the canadian hockey world, who introduced her to the game and who continues to dedicate his life to this incredible game.
Barry Medori is currently the Hockey Alberta High Performance Coach Mentor and also the recent recipient of the 2020 Hockey Canada Gordon Juckes award. Barry has coached numerous levels of hockey over the years, including stints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Alberta College Athletics Conference, and the Western Women’s Hockey League. He has also coached with Hockey Canada at multiple events including the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge and with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
For the last 12 years, he has turned his attention towards coach mentorship, working both provincially with the male and female Team Alberta High Performance Programs and nationally with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence (U17).
Barry’s wealth of knowledge in both the male and female game is unparalleled in Alberta and nationally. His experience has helped countless players and coaches throughout their careers while instilling a set of core values that benefits all in their everyday life.
Samm Holmes-Domagala is a parent and coach with Girls Hockey Calgary and currently serves as the Director of Development on the GHC board. Samm brought her expertise to minor female hockey in 2017 when her oldest daughter began playing with GHC. Since then, Samm has focused on advancing coach and player development within the association. One of the many successful programs Samm initiated and developed was the Jr Inferno First Strides program, which to date has introduced 82 new female players and their families to the game of hockey.
In 2020, Samm was selected by Hockey Canada and BFL Canada as the national winner of Canada’s Female Coach of the Year. She was also Alberta’s provincial winner for BFL Female Community Coach of the Year. Her knowledge of the game and her focus on fundamentals were noted as some of the many reasons she was honoured with this award.
As a player, Samm competed for the University of New Hampshire in the NCAA and played a number of games with the Canadian National Women’s Development program as well as the Senior National Team. She won two Four Nations Cups with Team Canada in 2000 and 2004.