Hockey stars will skate in Saskatoon

Two Chilliwack girls will compete at the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Saskatoon.

A pair of Chilliwack girls have been named to Team BC, and will travel to the 2012 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Saskatoon.

A three day player selection camp was held Mar. 30 to April 1 at the Shulus Community Arena in Lower Nicola (Merritt).

First-year female bantam player Madison Krulicki (14) and forward Micaela Smith (17) were ushered through skating and puck control drills and three elimination games.

From a field of 39 skaters, the coaching staff, supported by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) selected the top 20 players from B.C. and the Yukon.

“They said they were impressed by my face-off skills and speed and that I was a hard-worker,” said Krulicki, a centre who’s been the top scorer for her Chilliwack Minor Hockey team the last two seasons.

Krulicki and Smith will now journey to Saskatchewan May 6-12.

The NAHC provides a forum for elite bantam/midget age Aboriginal hockey players from across Canada.

The event aids in fostering cultural unity and pride and celebrates the athletic abilities of Aboriginal athletes from across the country.

Team BC is represented by two squads, one male and one female.

Players must be bantam or midget age as of the 2011-12 competitive season (born 1994 to 1998 inclusive) to be eligible.