Brittany Savard College Rookie
A former Port Alberni hockey player was recently recognized for her achievements in collegiate hockey at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.
On March 4, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference announced the selection of Brittney Savard as Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season. Savard started her hockey career in Port Alberni and nowplays on the NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey team. She said she was honoured with the award andintends to use her skills for her future goals.
Savard first laced her hockey skates at the age of four when she played with her older sister,Nicolette.
“I wanted to be just like her,” Savard said.
For the first few years, she played with the boys on house teams and when rep teams becameavailable at the atom level, she tried out and made the team.
“I was pleasantly surprised and I think that’s when my love for the game was born,” she said. “Sincebeing the only girl (with the exception of having the opportunity to play with Shay-Lee McConnell fora few years) on an all-boys team wasn’t easy, especially when I reached bantam level and the boysstarted to get bigger and stronger, I decided to try girls hockey.”
In her second year of bantam, she played on both boys’ and girls’ house teams.
“I fell in love with the atmosphere of feeling unbreakable bonds with my girl teammates and beingmore of a part of the team when I started playing on girls’ teams,” Savard said.
In her first year of midget, Savard made the North Island Impact A team and was made assistantcaptain. The following year she played for the Impact and was an affiliated player for the Vancouver Island Hurricanes (now Seals) AAA team. In her final year, she decided to go with the Seals full-timeand ended the season as the team’s leading scorer.
Savard graduated from Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) in June 2016 and took the summeroff to prepare for her move to post-secondary education at NAIT, for which she received ascholarship. She currently maintains a 4.0 GPA in the Personal Fitness Training Program.
“I decided the Personal Fitness Training Program was the best-suited career path for me because it isincredibly important to me to help people reach their goals,” she said. “That something I’ve alwaysbeen interested in since I was little. My ultimate goal is to eventually either own my own gymcompany or to move forward and go more in-depth with athletic therapy and learn more aboutsports medicine and rehabilitation.”
Balancing school work, hockey, additional classes, volunteering, and a social life is somethingSavard said she does with her learned time management and prioritizing skills. Her selection asRookie of the Year was based on those criteria, but particularly on a player’s overall performance.
After this semester, Savard intends to return home to Port Alberni to work and begin her off-seasontraining to prepare for the upcoming season.
Edmonton, March 4 , 2017 – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is pleased to announce that Brittany Savard of the NAIT Ooks Women’s Hockey team, has been selected as the 2016-17 ACAC Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year.
Brittany’s play this season helped lead the NAIT Ooks hockey team to a 1st place regular season finish in the ACAC. Savard, a 1st year Personal Fitness Trainer student from Port Alberni, BC, had a 4.0 GPA during the fall term. She scored the most goals in the league by a rookie with 13, which was second overall behind teammate Carlin Boey who had 15. Brittany was also tied for 7th overall in points with 16, putting her 2nd in rookie points in the ACAC.
NAIT Ooks women’s hockey head coach Deanna Martin had the following to say about her student-athlete. “Savard is without a doubt deserving of this recognition. I see a bright future ahead for her with the Ooks. She is the top ranked fitness and practice player on our team and is working hard towards developing her leadership skills for a future leadership role with our program”.
About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada.
For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca