Feature photo by Jess Ritchotte
(MARKHAM – July 12, 2018) The Markham Thunder have announced the signing of free agent forward Brooke Webster.
Head Coach Jim Jackson says Webster will elevate those around her with her great hockey sense, “Brooke is a tense competitor who pairs being an offensive threat with a strong defensive mindset.”
Webster is excited to get started with her new CWHL team. “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the players and staff in Markham,” she says, “Playing against the Thunder last year, you could see how strong of an organization they are, and I am excited to join after such a successful year they had.”
This is also a homecoming for the forward after playing for the Vanke Rays. “Being from Aurora, I grew up traveling to Markham all the time for different hockey and soccer games, so it is a familiar place,” laughs Webster.
Having played last season in the up-and-coming Chinese hockey market, she is grateful for the experience of helping to grow the game.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience. It was an honour to be able to represent Vanke and be a part of expanding women’s hockey globally,” says Webster, “With the women’s game gaining more exposure overseas, I think having a presence in China is a step in the right direction.”
In 26 games with the Rays last season, Webster racked up 26 points (9 G, 17 A), placing her in the top ten of the CWHL scoring race.
“I always have high expectations for myself, so having another strong season is definitely something I am striving for. However, the league keeps getting more competitive, especially with the Olympians back,” she says, “First I want to help our team have as much success as possible, and personal success will come from that.”
Webster played her collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University where she finished her final year third in NCAA scoring. Webster was also a top 10 finalist in 2017 for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, awarded annually to the NCAA’s best female hockey player that season. She finished her four-year collegiate career with 149 points (60 G, 89 A) in 145 games played, proving to be a point a game calibre player.
“I consider myself someone that makes an offensive impact. I have always enjoyed scoring goals and being creative to help the team produce offensively, but also understand that defence wins games, so I work hard to be reliable on both ends of the ice,” Webster says of her style of play. “I am very competitive and hate losing, so I will do anything I can to help the team be successful. I will bring a positive attitude to the rink, and be committed to being the best team player I can be.”
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