This month’s alumni spotlight player is Rylind MacKinnon. Rylind joined the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds for the 2018/19 season, after spending the previous three seasons with the NAX Female Prep team. In 48 games with NAX the defenseman recorded 8 goals and 25 assists for 33 points. Her final season with NAX saw her win the CSSHLs MVP, and Top Defenceman Award. In 18 games with the UBC Thunderbirds this season Rylind has 3 goals and 9 points as her team sits third in the Canada West division with a record of 11-4-1.
Around the Rink
2 NAX alumni (and 1 current Prep forward) scored their first career junior goals in the months of December:
70 former NAX players currently find themselves on junior or university/college rosters this season with the following breakdown:
10 U Sports
1 NWJHL/MJAHL/ACHA D2/NCAA I/NCAA III
Two current NAX Midget Prep players made their Junior debuts in December:
Connor Ungar (Brandon Wheat Kings/WHL)
Zac Ostapchuk (Vancouver Giants/WHL)
Kyle Hogan played in his first AJHL game of the season with the Sherwood Park Crusaders on December 9, after suiting up for two games with the Bonnyville Pontiacs last season.
Aliya Jomha and Alex Spence were both selected to represent Team Alberta U18 Female at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. Jomha and Spence will represent NAX, joining Female Prep head coach Cassea Schols, who is an assistant coach for the tournament.
Current NAX players Dylan Guenther, Marc Lajoie, Matt Savoie, and Zac Ostapchuk were named to U16 Team Alberta. Former NAX Bantam Prep players Lochlan Gordon and Brett Hyland will also represent Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Congratulations to Midget Prep defenseman A.J. MacAulay on commiting to the AJHLs Bonnyville Pontiacs for the 2019/20 season.
Macaulay has 4 goals and 16 assists in 21 games with the Midget Preps this season.
NAX student-athletes spent December giving back to their local communites by participating in food drives and other initiatives for those in need.
The Female Preps had the opportunity to volunteer for the Devon Christmas Elves, organizing groceries for their food drive
This Christmas the Midget Preps will played their part in helping over 70 families with food and toy donations through the Devon Christmas Elves.
Bantam Prep forwards Bowden Singleton and Tarik Borhot helped volunteer making pizzas for The Mustard Seed in Calgary on Christmas Eve
The Bantam Preps played the NAX coaching staff in a 4on4 game before Christmas, with the coaches being crowned champions.
Here’s how the month of December played out for the Bantam Preps:
The Bantam Preps will not play any regular season games in January and will shift their attention to hosting the Western Canadian Crown Elite Bantam Invitational. In its first year, the WCC will take place January 17-20th with three pools of four competing in a minimum of four games each at the River Cree, with the semi-finalists playing a total of five.
The Elite 15s went undefeated in December including a thrilling 6-5 OT comeback win against first place BWC, bringing their current win streak to 9 games. Heading into January the Elite 15s sit second in the standings with a record of 21-4-1, four points back of first place with a game in hand, and a division best plus-78 goal differential.
Here’s how the month of December played out for the Elite 15s:
The Elite 15s do not play any regular season games in January but will make a trip down south to Fernie for some exhibition games, 3on3 pond hockey, and the opportunity to take in some BC Junior B action.
December included the Female Preps competing in the Mandi Schwart Memorial Tournament, the lasrgest Female AAA and Junior Women’s Hockey Tournament in Western Canada, along with playing another six regular season games.
The last practice before Christmas ended with a 3on3 tournament. Boyko, Skrypichayko, Mason, Michelutti, Short, Peterson, Bowtell, and Harden were all crowned champions
Here’s how the month of December played out for the Female Preps:
The Female Preps play just two games in January as they make a trip down to Calgary to take on St. Mary’s.
The Midget Preps went 3-1 in December including two victories over rival OHA Edmonton. The Midget Preps sit in fourth with a record of 18-4-2, and a league best plus-98 goal differential.
Here’s how the month of December played out for the Midget Preps:
The Midget Preps play four games in January, including three in Devon at the Dale Fisher Arena: