Photo by Christian Bender / Ryerson Rams Athletics
(MARKHAM – August 21, 2018) The Markham Thunder have announced their second and final pre-signing of forward draft prospect Ailish Forfar.
“Markham has established themselves as an elite franchise with the best players, staff and fan base in the CWHL. I grew up playing minor league hockey in and around the Markham area, and this felt like a homecoming of sorts,” says Forfar. “I’ve played with many teammates on the Thunder, and I know their dedication and love for the game are on par with my own. It’s an honour to don the green and white and defend the Clarkson Cup.”
Head coach Jim Jackson calls Forfar a player who will bring intensity, work ethic to every game and practice. “She brings a leadership quality with her from her USports playing time with Ryerson, as well as in the NCAA with Dartmouth. Ailish is a team player and community focused individual,” he remarks.
Fans of both teams were able to see great playmaking, and Thunder Nation can expect no less. “On the ice, I have vision and creativity,” she says, “I bring passion, hard work and leadership to the ice and work to make my teammates and myself better every day.”
Forfar played with Clarkson Cup hero Laura Stacey at Dartmouth and they can’t wait to be wearing green together again. “I am extremely excited that Ailish has joined the Thunder as she is one of my best friends, and a very skilled hockey player,” Stacey comments, “But most importantly, she is an unbelievable teammate.”
Forfar recently completed her sixth year of playing collegiate hockey. She spent three seasons with the Dartmouth Big Green, where in 87 games she recorded 37 points (19 G, 18 A). The last two seasons Forfar competed with the Ryerson Rams, where she served as captain in her final year. Her productivity grew as she potted 36 points (19 G, 17 A) in 45 games played.
General Manager, Chelsea Purcell explains, “Forfar is a prime example of what a Thunder player represents. We not only look for smart, talented hockey players but those that want to give back and be involved in the community.” Forfar is the recent winner of the USports Marion Hillard Award, for her contribution to the community, “I believe she will be a role model for many young players this coming season.”
“After playing both NCAA and USports hockey, joining the CWHL was the next step to pursuing my athletic passions. This league is the pinnacle of women’s hockey, and lacing up against the best players around the world will be the best challenge and joy of my hockey career.” Forfar continues, “Having the opportunity to grow the game for our next generation of female hockey stars is an honour that I’m excited to share with my new teammates.”
Read the CWHL Top Prospects feature on Ailish here.
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