Curlew selected to Under-18 roster; will play in national tournament
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Amy Curlew of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has made the roster for the U-18 Team Atlantic.
Amy Curlew has proved that age is just a number when it comes to playing the great sport of hockey.
The 15-year-old from Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be representing Team Atlantic at the Women’s Under-18 National Championship, taking place in Calgary this November.
“I was surprised. I didn’t expect to make the team. Plus, I was going in as a younger player,” says Curlew.
But Curlew’s doubts were put to rest earlier this month, when she received the all important phone call confirming that she made the team.
“I got a phone call from one of the coaches, asking if I want to go to Calgary,” Curlew recalls of the exciting moment.
Curlew made the team after an impressive evaluation camp, which took place between July 14 and July 18 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
The team’s head coach, Zach Ball, said Curlew played consistently well during the camp, and played beyond her years.
“She’s a very talented hockey player. She’s an excellent skater, she has a lot of power and is a great puck handler,” says Ball. “We were impressed right off the bat, for sure.”
“She doesn’t play to her age. She plays above her age; she plays with a lot more strength, more confidence, and more aggression that you might expect out of someone her age.”
Amy began playing hockey when she was six years old. It soon became very clear that she could play at a higher level.
Her great skills offensively, and her overall hockey skills, allowed her to travel to hockey camps and tournaments across the continent.
Like all kids who are able to play hockey at a high level, Amy has parents who are there to support her through the high-paced journey.
After all the time and resources put into Amy’s hockey career, Tony Curlew, Amy’s father, was excited to hear about the team Atlantic tryouts.
“I was happy for her; very, very excited,” says Tony. “This is part of a national program and…she just turned 15, so she’s one of the younger girls ever to even make the tryout camp at this age.”
Amy attends Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, which has a renowned hockey program. She joined the College last year, when she was in grade 9. The big move to Oakville from Goose Bay wasn’t an easy decision for Amy or her father.
“It was hard, knowing what you had to leave behind,” says Amy. “You’re usually not ready to go by that age.”
“It tore me apart,” says Tony. “It was hard sending a girl from such a small town to (just outside) Toronto.”
But the experience at Appleby College has helped develop her hockey skills.
And now that the tryouts are over, and Curlew has made the Atlantic roster, the true test of her skill will be taking place between Nov. 6-10, in her first-ever national tournament.
“I’m nervous and anxious. I’ll be playing against some of the best player’s Canada has to offer,” says Curlew.
“But I believe I can keep up…and I did play with some of the players from other provinces before, and I did keep up with them.”
Her coach doesn’t know how the line combinations will look come November, but he expects Amy will be able to create some offence for the team.
“I would expect her to be the type of player that can create offence, for sure,” says Ball. “She has the ability to put the puck in the net when she can get into a position to do so…we’re expecting her to create some offense for us no matter who she’s playing with.”