Player List By Year
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Stay in Touch!
The Toronto Aeros are interested in keeping in touch with all of our Aeros alumnae whether you played for the Midget, Junior (Intermediate), or Senior team. Please contact our Alumnae Coordinator (click *here* for Contact Us page) to send us your updated contact information. We will keep you informed of alumnae events.
Along with the Aeros Organization News page, this page highlights recent news about some of our Aeros alumnae. If you have good news to report about any of our Aeros alumnae, please send a note to our Alumnae Coordinator (click *here* for Contact Us page).
Aeros Alumnae bring home GOLD
with Team Canada at IIHF World Championship
The Canadian National Women's Team has brought the IIHF World Championship Gold Medal back to Canada after an absence of 5 years, defeating the USA 5-4. Regular time ended with the teams deadlocked at 4-4, and just as was the case last year, headed to overtime. Caroline Ouellette was the hero, scoring off a pass from Megan Agosta only a minute and fifty seconds into the extra frame. Congratulations to Team Canada and especially to Aeros Alumni members #10 Gillian Apps, #11 Courtney Birchard, and #21 Hayley Irwin.
For full story *click here*
Dalhousie Goaltender Brittany McMacken
wins AUS recognition
Congratulations to Dalhousie University Goaltender and Aeros alumna Brittany McMacken who was selected to the Atlantic University Sport All-Rookie Team Roster for the 2011-12 season.
All AUS women's hockey all-stars and major award winners were selected by the conference's seven head coaches following regular season play. For more information on the 2011-12 AUS Women's Hockey Awards and All-Stars Announcements, click *here*
Bits and bites from College Hockey
Aeros alumnae Jillian Saulnier (Cornell) and Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac) are 1-2 in the scoring race in the ECAC so far this year, with 25 and 24 points respectively. Babstock is in her sophomore year; Saulnier also leads freshmen in league scoring. Aeros alumna Eleeza Cox (RPI) is also 6th in freshman scoring in the league.
Jenna McParland (Minnesota-Duluth) leads freshman scoring in the WCHA with 19 points. She is tied for 8th in overall goals scored, with alumna Hayley Irwin (Minnesota-Duluth) being 10th in total points in the league.
Aeros alumnae goalies are making a splash. Brittany McMacken (Dalhousie) is 3rd in total saves in the Atlantic Canadian Conference. Nicole Paniccia (UConn) is currently 3rd in GAA and 2nd in save percentage in Hockey East, while Katie Jamieson (Brown) is placed third in save percentage in the ECAC.
November 13, 2011
Kessler, Birchard, Apps and Irwin participate in 4-Nations Cup
Canadas National Womens team fell in a 4-3 shoot-out loss to the United States at the 4-Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden. Canada had been undefeated at the tournament heading into the final game, including a win over the United States. Aeros alumnae players participating on the team were Christina Kessler (G), Courtney Birchard (D), Jillian Apps (F), and Hayley Irwin (F). The same players had participated in a 12-Nation tournament in August. For full story click *here*
November 8, 2011
Saulnier to participate in U-22 MECO Cup
Jillian Saulnier was named to the Canadian National U-22 Womens team which will represent Canada at the 2012 Meco Cup in Füssen, Germany, taking place January 3-8, 2012. For full story, click *here*
Turner named Quinnipiac Associate Coach
Congratulations to Cassie Turner, former Senior Aero, on being promoted to Associate Coach of the Quinnipiac University Womens Hockey team. Turner arrived in Quinnipiac in 2008 from ECAC Hockey opponent Colgate where she coached the Red Raiders for a year. Previous to that season, Turner coached at Division III Elmira College for two seasons after a two-year stint with the Senior Aeros of the National Womens Hockey League. For full story click *here*
Aeros alumnae named to National U-22 selection camp
Congratulations to Toronto Aeros alumni Sasha Nanji, Kelly Babstock and Jillian Saulnier for being selected to the Canadian National Womens U22 Team development camp taking place in Rockland, Ontario. Players will be further evaluated by Hockey Canada after they return to their club teams in order to finalize the roster for the 2012 MLP Cup next January in Germany. For full story click *here*
Aeros alumnae selected in CWHL draft
Congratulations to all Aeros alumnae who were selected in the first CWHL draft held on July 21. The following former Aeros players were selected in the top 50 players:
Courtney Birchard 6
Sommer West 10
Tara Gray 12
Melissa Lacroix 17
Sonia Vanderbliek 24
Adrienne Crampton named to Quebec University Hockey League All-Rookie Team
Congratulations to former Aero Adrienne Crampton, who not only won a CIS Championship with her McGill Martletts team-mates this season, but was also named to the All-Rookie team in the Quebec University Hockey League. Crampton, a 5-8" defenceman was a Midget Aero for two years from 2008-2010 and is now studying Kinesiology Science at McGill. Mom Rita Wyrcinski, who now lives in Ottawa, can still be seen occasionally at Seneca College, helping out Aeros teams and players with her nutrition and exercise-recovery tips.
Kelly Babstock caps incredible season with
ECAC Player-of-the-Year award
Kelly Babstock, a forward with the Quinnipiac Bobcats, was named the 2010-11 ECAC Player of the Year on March 2. She is Quinnipiacs first-ever player to be so named. The award caps an incredible rookie season for Babstock who was also named Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-League First-Team and the All-Rookie Team. Babstock scored an ECAC league-highs in goals (30), assists (28), and points (58) in overall games and at the time of the award was leading leads all NCAA Division I Womens Ice Hockey freshman in goals, assists and points. She was ECAC Rookie of the week 5 times, Player of the Week 2 times, was Qunnipiacs female athlete of the month twice, and was featured in Sports Illustrateds Faces in the Crowd section. Babstock was also one of the 26 nominees for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award presented to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division 1 womens hockey. Congratulations on your many hockey achievements Kelly! For the full article and a video clip about Kelly, click *here*.
Sam Reid named head coach of Barrie Junior Sharks;
Hayley McMeekin to assist
Sam Reid, a former Midget and Junior Aero and current Midget Aero Associate coach, has been named the first head coach of the Barrie Junior Sharks team that will play its inaugural season in the PWHL in 2011-12. Hayley McMeekin will act as Assistant coach. We welcomed Sam and Hayley back into our fold in 2010, and they have been an integral part of the coaching staff that led the Midgets to an OWHA Provincial Championship, a birth at the Esso Cup Midget National Championship, and a Bronze medal finish in the LLFHL finals. Although we very much regret to see Sam and Hayley leaving us, we are proud that they are furthering their coaching careers, and are especially proud to see Sam as a head coach in the PWHL. We look forward to meeting (and competing against!) both girls at the rinks next season. Good luck Sam and Hayley!
15 January 2011
Kelly Babstock Featured in Sports Illustrated
HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) is featured in the January 17, 2011 edition of Sports Illustrated. The first-year phenom has been named as one of the six "Faces In The Crowd" as selected each week by Sports Illustrated. The weekly magazine highlights athletes from all sports and athletic levels for their accomplishments on the field. Each week, six new athletes are chosen to appear in the feature.
Click for the complete article and link to Sports Illustrated edition...
5 December 2010
Canada's Leon Scores Winner as Notre Dame
Women's Soccer Wins NCAA College Cup
Canada's Adriana Leon scored in the 63rd minute Sunday as Notre Dame defeated Stanford 1-0 to win its third NCAA Women's College Cup championship.
Click *here* for full game report. For game highlights video including Adriana's championship winning goal, click *here*. Great soccer from both teams.
2 December 2010
Congratulations to Aeros Alumna Courtney Birchard and current Junior Aero Jillian Saulnier for being selected to the 21-player Canadian National U-22 roster for the 2011 MLP cup. The players will travel to Kreutzlingen, Switzerland, to represent their country in international MLP Cup play on January 4-8, 2011. Click *here* for link to full story:
30 November 2010
Alumnae Wheeler and Babstock figure in weekly awards... again!
Former Junior Aeros Kate Wheeler received her third ECAC Player of the Week recognition this year, and former Junior Aero Kelly Babstock received the Rookie of the Week award, also her third this year. Congratulations ladies!
20 November 2010
Aeros Alumnae Piling Up Awards
Along with Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac Bulldogs) being named rookie of the week on October 5th and November 16 (see news release below), several other Aeros alumnae have been named to similar ECAC honours recently.
On November 9th, Sasha Nanji (Dartmouth Big Green) was named Player of the Week and Katie Jamieson (Brown Bears) was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week.
Kate Wheeler (Quinnipiac Bulldogs) was named ECAC Player of the Week both on October 5th and October 26th.
Hayley Hughes (Cornell Big Red) was named ECAC Player of the Week and Sally Butler (Princeton Tigers) was named ECAC Rookie of the Week on November 9th.
16 November 2010
Kelly Babstock Named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Rookie Of The Week
Second Weekly Selection This Season
HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University womens ice hockey freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Rookie of the Week, as announced by ECAC Hockey on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Babstock had one of the best two-game stretches in the history of Quinnipiac womens ice hockey, as she recorded the teams first ever back-to-back hat trick performances on Friday, Nov. 12 against No. 10 Harvard and Saturday, Nov. 13. against Dartmouth. No previous skater had registered two hat tricks in the same season before in Quinnipiacs history.
With the six goals over the weekend, Babstock became the NCAA Division I Womens Ice Hockey leading scorer with 13 goals and 27 total points. She ranks sixth in the country with 1.93 points per game (first among all freshmen), seventh in goals per game with .93, and eighth in assists per game with 1.00. In ECAC Hockey action, Babstock leads the league in goals, assists, points and in plus/minus with a plus-14 mark.
In just 14 games played this year, Babstock has already surpassed the Bobcats points leader from a season ago, in which the team played a total of 37 games. She is currently tied for the all-time freshman record for assists in a season and is just one goal away from tying the freshman record of 14 goals scored in a season.
This was the second Rookie of the Week selection for Babstock this season, as she was previously selected on Oct. 5.
For more information, please contac Ross Bennett, Quinnipiac University
Graduate Assistant Contact For Women's Ice Hockey
203-582-5387 Office, 203-605-4101 Cell, email@example.com
6 October 2010
Birchard, Irwin, Kessler head to 2010
4 Nations Cup
Congratulations! to Aeros alumnae and Team Canada Under-22 players Courtney Birchard and Christina Kessler, and Olympian Gold Medalist Haley Irwin, all three selected to Team Canada's roster for the 2010 4 Nations Cup competition scheduled to take place in Newfoundland next month. For full information, click *here* to open Hockey Canada's 4 Nations Selection webpage in a new browser window.
Bits and bites from around the NCAA
Former Midget and Junior Aero Christina Mancuso was named Captain of the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2010-11 season, her senior year. Mancuso also received the team's Buckeye Power Club award for her hard work and dedication in the weight room and off-ice training for the 2009-10 season.
Former Midget Aero and All-American Stephanie Miguel will lead the Hamilton College women's ice hockey program in 2009-10. Miguel received the first All-America selection in Hamilton women's hockey history in 2009, when she made the second team for the East region. Miguel is one of three assistant captains on the team.
Midget and Junior Aero Melissa Lacroix received All-College Hockey America First Team selection honour for her play with the Mercyhurst Lakers during the 2009-10 season.
Fomer Midget and Junior Aero Courtney Birchard picked up a batch of honours for her 2009-10 season with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, including a selection to the AWCHA All-America Second Team, being a candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, and being selected as a Hockey East First Team All-Star.
Former Midget and Junior Aero Michelle Binning was awarded the Unsung Hero award at the University of Connecticut Huskies team banquet. Binning led the team in scoring in 09-10 with 30 points and a team-best 20 goals, was sixth in the nation and led the team with five gamewinners and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.
Former Junior Aero goalkeeper Katie Jamieson was named to the Second Team All-Ivy in 2010, recognizing her for a tremendous rookie season with the Brown University Bears. Jamieson started 27 of 28 games for the Bears, consistently keeping opponents off balance as she compiled three shutouts and a slim 3.21 goals against average.
Two former Aeros received honors from the Niagara Purple Eagles for their 2009-10 seasons. Senior Frances McPhail was honored with the Brother Steve Award, given to the Niagara player that demonstrates dedication and commitment to the team. McPhail served as the team captain in 09-10. Freshman forward Daniela Dal Colle was named Most Improved Player. The speedy forward from Woodbridge, Ont. finished the season with four goals and four assists
Ex-Junior Aero goaltender Sonja van der Bliek racked up a number of records for RPI in 09-10. van der Bliek is the school's career record holder in games played (85), games started (84), most wins (42), most saves (1946), most minutes played (5219:00), and most shut-outs (16) She is also the single season record holder for games played (35), games started (35), most wins (18), most saves (820), most minutes played (2173:20) & most shutouts (7).
Former Aero Angela James inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors and Jim Gregory and Pat Quinn, Co-Chairmen of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee, announced that Angela James, along with Dino Ciccarelli, and Cammi Granato have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category.
Angela James is a legendary name among Canadian women's hockey. The Toronto native starred in the 1970's and early 1980's in the Central Ontario Women's League and was the league's leading scorer for eight seasons and MVP on six occasions. A medalist in 12 National Championships, she was MVP in eight of them. Angela has also won four world championship gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997). She was Canada's leading scorer with eleven goals at the 1990 Women's World Championship and was an All-Star forward in 1992. James had also been a top Canadian scoring threat at the 1994 and 1997 World Championships and represented her country at the Pacific Rim Championship in 1996. Since her retirement, James has become a sport coordinator for Seneca College. In 2008, James joined Geraldine Heaney and Cammi Granato as the first women to be inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Angela will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during a 4-day celebration November 5-8 in Toronto. For more information, click *here* for the Hockey Hall of Fame and *here* for the OWHA Angela James webpage.
6 March 2010
Stephanie Crarey helps lead Laurier Golden Hawks
to OAU title
Congratulations to Junior Aeros alumna Stephanie Crarey (2006), who helped lead the Sir Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks to their 7th consecutive Ontario University Athletics women's hockey title by defeating the Guelph Gryphons 2-1 in game 2 of a best 2 of 3 series. The Hawks won the first game 2-0. Laurier now represents the OUA at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships in Antigonish, NS.
14 February 2010
Good luck to our
The Toronto Aeros extend best wishes to the Team Canada Women as they head to Vancouver in their quest for Olympic hockey supremacy. We especially wish the alumnae members of the Senior Aeros and Intermediate Aeros teams good luck and a great tournament. So, special greetings to Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Hayley Irwin, Becky Kellar and Cherie Piper.
Keep yer heads up and yer sticks on the ice!
For full story, click *here*
PS: We won Gold!
... just in case you didn't know!
14 February 2010
Daniela Dal Colle -
CHA Women's Hockey Offensive Player of the Week
Daniela Dal Colle, Freshman Forward for the Niagara Purple Eagles of the Central Hockey Association, scored the game-tying goal late in the second period of Fridays 2-2 draw at Wayne State 12/2/2010. In the second game against Wayne State, Daniela added an insurance marker late in the third period to give the Purple Eagles a 4-2 lead. She was +1 in each contest in Detroit. From Woodbridge, Ont, Daniela played for the Toronto Midget Aeros prior to joining Niagara.
Way to go, Daniela !
10 January 2009
Hosier and Kessler win U22 Gold
Former Aeros netminders Laura Hosier (2004), near right, and Christina Kessler (2006), far right, backstopped the Canadian National U22 Women's team to a Gold Medal at the MLP cup held in Ravensburg, Germany. Canada outscored their opposition 24-4, but faced a tough Swedish squad in the semi finals, advancing only after Natalie Spooner's goal sealed the win for the Canadians 5 minutes into overtime. Hosier played for the Junior Aeros from 2002-2004 and then played four season for Mercyhurst College, finishing as Mercyhursts's all-time leader in wins and saves and winning the CHA championship in all 4 years there. Kessler played one year with the Junior Aeros, leading them to an undefeated season and OWHA provincial and PWHL Gold Medals. She has just completed 4 years with Harvard, leading the ECAC in goals against and save percentage, setting a one-year NCAA record for shut-outs, and being named an ECAC allstar in each year. The National U-22 team is also coached by two Aeros alumni: head coach Margot Page and assistant coach Stephanie White.
Click *here* for full story.
5 November 2009
Spotted in Maclean's 19th Annual On-Campus Rankings:
Aeros Alumna Amy Soberano (centre), suiting up for the McGill Martlets, CIS women's hockey champions.
National Womens Under-22 Team Roster Announced
Congratulations to Toronto Aeros alumnae Courtney Birchard (D), Laura Hosier (G) and Christina Kessler (G) on being named to the roster of Canadas National Womens Under-22 Team. All three young women were selected from 41 players participating in an August Selection Camp held in Calgary and will play in a 3-game series against the Canadian National Womens team August 17-20. Further evaluations will be held and the final team roster will be named in December. Joining the 3 Aeros alumnae on the team are former Aero Margot Page, as the Head Coach, and former Junior Aeros coach Stephanie White who is an Assistant Coach on the team. Congratulations to all 5 former Aeros!
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March 22 2009
Stephanie Miguel Selected to DIII All-America Team
Stephanie Miguel, a 2007 Midget Aeros alumni, has been selected to the 2009 RBK Hockey Division III All-America Team by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
For the full team selection, click:
Miguel, who graduated from the Aeros to play for Hamilton College, is the first Hamilton women's hockey player to receive All-America honors. She finished eighth in the NCAA Division III scoring race with 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points.
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