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Uniting the north west: The Misfits represent their communities at hockey provincials

The U15 Female North West regional team travelling all season for the love of the game

Girls from communities across the northwest combined their skills and efforts this winter to represent the region in U15 female hockey.

Naming themselves ‘The Misfits,’ the team was comprised of athletes from Hazelton to Vanderhoof and all points in between and they just wrapped up the season at the BC Hockey U15 Female Championships held in Kamloops March 22-26.

Wes Hart of Burns Lake served as the team’s head coach. Colin Batemen of Smithers was the assistant coach along with Dan Plante of Burns Lake.

Playing in a northern super league that included an team from the north east and also Williams Lake, the girls practised once a week in hubs Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Hazelton, Burns Lake and Fraser Lake and once a month all together.

“It was an excellent year, a really great year,” said Hart of the Misfits’ season, which culminated in two hard-fought wins toward the end of the season, one being at provincials.

“That’s huge for us to be able to compete, so I think we’re on the right track.”

Hart volunteered for the role of head coach because his daughter plays on the team, however, he said with coaching you come to care for all the children on the team. He also believes there is high value in participating in team sports.

“It’s nice to provide this opportunity for these girls.”

Hart also enjoys the fact that they are growing female hockey.

“I think female hockey is pretty incredible,” Hart said. “It’s growing pretty fast and it’s neat to see.”

Team members include assistant coach Colin Batemen of Smithers, head coach Wes Hart of Burns Lake, Nicole Bateman of Smithers, Jericho Tse of Kitimat, Taylor Siemens of Vanderhoof, Marika Jack of Hazelton, manager Nyree Hazelton of Burns Lake, Leeara Betts of Hazelton, Eden Tse of Kitimat, Elencia Hazelton of Burns Lake, Kaylee Levick of Burns Lake, Alayna Hart of Burns Lake, assistant coach Dan Plante, Miley Harris of Hazelton, Kate Thiessen-Clark of Vanderhoof, Maci Kadonaga of Vanderhoof, Kiah Thiessen-Clark of Vanderhoof, Kamryn Gutierrez-Perreault of Kitimat, Jada Adams of Hazelton, Audrey Luggi of Fort St James and Alexis Erickson of Burns Lake.

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Angie Mindus

About the Author: Angie Mindus

A desire to travel led me to a full-time photographer position at the Williams Lake Tribune in B.C.’s interior.
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