A higher call­ing

Onslow de­fence­man to rep­re­sent prov­ince at Canada Games in Fe­bru­ary

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOEY SMITH TRURO, N.S.

Lind­sey Smith is one of the top de­fence­men in her league and will suit up for the Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta., in Fe­bru­ary.

Lind­sey Smith re­mem­bers her rst year of or­ga­nized hockey. It didn’t go quite as planned. “When I rst started play­ing, I couldn’t even go on the ice, I couldn’t even stay fo­cused, so my par­ents took me out of it for a year when I was in novice and then I came back,” she laughed.

ese days, how­ever, it’s hard to keep her o the ice.

e Onslow res­i­dent is one of the top fe­male de­fence­men in the prov­ince, and was re­cently named to the Nova Sco­tia team that will com­pete at the Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta., in Fe­bru­ary.

“It’s the most ex­cit­ing thing that’s hap­pened to me in a long time,” said Smith, 17. “It’s al­ways been a dream of mine, so I’m just ex­tremely ex­cited and can­not wait ’til Fe­bru­ary.”

e Canada Games won’t be the rst time Smith has rep­re­sented her prov­ince. She has been a mem­ber of the Hockey Nova Sco­tia High Per­for­mance Pro­gram for the past three years and has worn the blue and white at three At­lantic Chal­lenge Cup tour­na­ments in Monc­ton, win­ning gold in 2016 (U-16) and 2018 (U-18) and bronze in 2017 (U-18).

Smith is in her third year pa­trolling the blue­line for the pow­er­house Pic­tou County Sub­way Se­lects fe­male midget AAA team.

Last year, she won pro­vin­cial and At­lantic ti­tles to earn a berth at na­tion­als with the Se­lects.

is sea­son, Pic­tou County is again one of the top teams in the league.

“It’s been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said of the Se­lects pro­gram.

“It is de nitely top-notch. We prac­tise twice a week but we do lots of o -ice (train­ing) and we also do tness test­ing, and prac­tices are just al­ways ex­tremely hard and no fool­ing around, re­ally; it’s all busi­ness.”

Smith, a Grade 12 stu­dent at CEC, plays in all sit­u­a­tions with the Se­lects, in­clud­ing pow­er­play min­utes and short­handed. Her coach, Craig Clarke, said her speed and te­nac­ity are big parts of her game.

“Her game has ma­tured a lot over the years, too,” he said. “She’s be­come a very good all-around de­fence­man – o en­sively and de­fen­sively.”

Smith started skat­ing at age ve when she lived in Bar­rie, Ont. Af­ter mov­ing to Nova Sco­tia, she played mi­nor hockey in the West Colch­ester as­so­ci­a­tion with the De­bert Co­bras. She later played at the AAA atom level in Truro and switched to girls’ hockey in Pic­tou County when she reached the ban­tam level.

She said her hockey idols are na­tional team mem­bers Blayre Turn­bull, of Stellarton, and Hal­i­fax’s Jill Saulnier.

She also looks up to Ju­lia Scam­mell, of Green eld, who she was a midget AAA team­mate with dur­ing the 2016-17 sea­son. Scam­mell is cur­rently a sopho­more de­fence­man at the Univer­sity of New Hamp­shire (NCAA, Di­vi­sion 1).

“We were re­ally close two years ago and she’s al­ways been a role model to me, as well, and I’ve al­ways looked up to her, so it was amaz­ing be­ing able to play with her and see how suc­cess­ful she is now.”

Smith’s fu­ture plans in­clude Cana­dian univer­sity or NCAA hockey. She has been in con­tact with AUS schools and D-3 col­leges in the U.S. but hasn’t made a de­ci­sion yet on where she will play next sea­son.

Smith will be joined on the Canada Games squad by Se­lects team­mates Lan­dyn Pitts and Ella Ma­clean, both of Antigo­nish.

JOEY SMITH/TRURO NEWS

Lind­sey Smith is one of the top de­fence­men in the Nova Sco­tia Fe­male Midget AAA Hockey League. A mem­ber of the North­ern Sub­way Se­lects, Smith will lace ’em up for her prov­ince at the Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta., in Fe­bru­ary.

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