By Don Simmons
For the second year in a row the Brampton Thunder had first pick at the annual CWHL draft. For the second year in a row, General Manager Lori Dupuis stood before the group of assorted players waiting to hear their fate, and announced that the Brampton Thunder were excited to select defensive player, Sarah Edney. Last year Dupuis selected the high profile National Team defensive stalwart Laura Fortino, who is noted for her offensive skills as well her work on defense.
Sarah Edney is highly regarded as a ???stay at home defender?۪ who will serve as an anchor in the defensive zone. Having National Team aspirations, Edney will fit in well with the already highly skilled Brampton defensive corps. General Manager Dupuis feels that the selection of Edney is part of her plan ???to build from the back end forward?. As for her selection to the Thunder, Sarah expressed her happiness in being drafted to Brampton. She was glad to have the ???opportunity to play close to home? and she is excited to play with former rivals like Howe, Rattray and Mercer. Sarah also added, ???I have never been more ready to play at this level?.
Current Thunder players are looking forward to having Sarah on board. She has been working out with Jamie Lee Rattray and Erica Howe since the beginning of June. Howe feels that Sarah is a great addition to the team.
Dupuis also went for some size up front selecting Rebecca Vint and Jenna McParland who show promise for the front end of the Brampton attack. Dupuis said that Vint is hard to play against and has a real competitive edge. Her aggressive play will fit in nicely with the Brampton offense. Standing 5?۪ 10? McParland adds size to the Brampton forward line. She will make life difficult for opposing players.
Brampton also added some international talent; adding Moeko Fujimoto from the Japanese National Team. ???Fujimoto is small but she is speedy and hardworking? said Lori about her international selection. That is something that will certainly compliment the size that they have drafted.
Brampton rounded out the 2015 draft by selecting Kristen Richards, Becca King, Tara Cation, Whitney Hannah and Hailey Browne in subsequent rounds.
The season is heating up.