Shai­lynn’s fu­ture is bright

Fe­male hockey phenom on the cusp of some­thing spe­cial

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Bay Arena mi­nor hockey has a his­tory of pro­duc­ing top-notch fe­male hockey play­ers.

From Ashlee Drover and Mor­gan Han­ra­han to Peggy Wake­ham, the Rovers fe­male pro­gram has sent play­ers to the col­le­giate ranks. Drover and Han­ra­han both played at Brown Univer­sity, while Wake­ham dis­played her skills for the Univer­sity of Ver­mont.

Presently, Natalie Keep­ing is on the verge of turn­ing a suc­cess­ful mi­nor hockey ca­reer into a pos­si­ble At­lantic Univer­sity Sport show­ing.

But, the next name on that list could be the best of the bunch. Meet Shai­lynn Snow. She is a 12-year-old dy­namo from Clarke’s Beach and to those in the know, she needs no in­tro­duc­tion.

When not dom­i­nat­ing the un­der12 girls di­vi­sion, Snow is do­ing the same in male hockey.

Just last year, she tal­lied more than a dozen goals in four games dur­ing a provin­cial girls’ tour­na­ment. More re­cently, she notched 13 goals in the pee­wee AAA provin­cial tour­na­ment last month in St. John’s. Snow is the only fe­male player at that level.

When the Tri Pen pee­wee AAA team touches down in Fredericton, N.B., later to­day (March 25) there is a good pos­si­bil­ity Snow will again be the only fe­male player in the male­dom­i­nated tour­na­ment. But, that’s noth­ing new for Snow. “I like play­ing with (the boys),” Snow told The Com­pass in a re­cent in­ter­view.

She is the daugh­ter of Con­nie Mug­ford and the grand­daugh­ter of Ernie Mug­ford.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Twelve-year-old hockey stand­out Shai­lynn Snow of Clarke’s Beach is on the cusp of some­thing spe­cial.

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