WINNIPEG – Hockey Manitoba is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 IIHF Global Girls’ Game hosted by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada. The Girls’ Global Game is a IIHF initiative that focuses on bringing female players throughout the world together as teammates while working to grow the sport of female hockey. Hockey Manitoba will be sending two players to participate in the Canadian segment of the IIHF Global Girls’ Game that will be taking place Saturday, February 16th, 2019 in Calgary, AB.
Representing Hockey Manitoba will be:
Georgia Craw, Winnipeg – Georgia plays for the South Winnipeg Storm Female Bantam A2 team and has been playing hockey since she was four years old. When she is not playing hockey, Georgia is involved in numerous other activities such as: soccer, baseball, cross-country skiing, volleyball, playing musical instruments and volunteering at her local rink’s Canadian Tire First Shift Program. She also is part of her school’s German Exchange program and will be travelling to Germany later this year. Georgia’s favorite athletes are Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks, NHL) and Meaghan Mikkelson (2-time Olympic Gold Medalist – Team Canada). Her most memorable part of playing hockey is the amazing teammates that have turned into her best friends. Georgia believes that her behavior supports the values of Female Hockey because she has respect for her coaches, teammates, opponent and officials.
Braxtyn Ollson, Balmoral – Braxtyn plays for the Stonewall Blues Female Bantam A2 team and has been playing hockey for five years now. She also plays soccer, excels at piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music and volunteers with fundraisers in her community. Braxtyn believes that taking part in the 2019 Global Game would be an overall great experience that would allow her to meet new people and be part of a national effort to show that females are just as passionate about sport as males are. Her favorite athletes are her parents, her mother played sledge hockey after she unfortunately lost her leg during a battle with cancer and her father continues to play hockey even with a fused ankle. Braxtyn would like to encourage all females to try hockey and to not worry about how good you are because people don’t get worse they only get better.