A Penguin will become a Panther this fall in Charlottetown.
The UPEI Panthers women’s hockey team has added defenceman Madison Clarke, who has played the past three seasons with the East Hants Pro Cresting Penguins in central Nova Scotia.
The Hilden native had two goals, three assists and 28 penalty minutes in 28 games this season as the Penguins won the provincial midget AAA championship and lost the Atlantics final.
Panthers coach Bruce Donaldson said she is responsible defensively with the offensive potential to play on the power play.
“Madison is a great young player who brings a strong work ethic to her game,” he said.
“She is very dependable (with) great mobility and enjoys the defensive side of the game. We see her as someone who will fit nicely within our defensive zone system and will develop to be a future team leader.”
Clarke has also been part of the Hockey Nova Scotia high performance program at the under-15 and -17 Atlantic challenge cups.
“I’m very happy to be coming to UPEI. The coaching staff is sincere in their interest in me, and very approachable. The hockey program and UPEI’s science department feels like the perfect fit for me, and I can’t wait to further both my education and hockey as a Panther,” said Clarke, who hopes to pursue kinesiology at UPEI.
Clarke’s midget coach Les Parker said Clarke has been solid since arriving with the midget Penguins.
“She is reliable, smart on defence, and reads the ice and plays extremely well, skates well, and was a true leader in our room and on the ice,” he said.
“Above all else, she is a very coachable player who shows up to play every night. UPEI has landed one of our top players from Nova Scotia.”
Three Panthers (Lyndsay Oakes, Christina Kelly and Anja Weisser) are graduating this year while backup goalie Courtney Arsenau is not returning.