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MacEachern will join women's Panthers next season
A well-known hockey school helped land the UPEI Panthers a new recruit for the 2016-17 women's hockey season.
Defenceman Breah MacEachern has committed to the Panthers, the university announced Friday.
"I decided to go to UPEI because I love the school campus and the atmosphere there," said MacEachern. "I've been going to the Island for about 10 years now to attend Andrews Hockey School, and ever since I was younger, I've always said I wanted to go to UPEI."
The Antigonish, N.S., native is playing at the Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) in Cornwall, Ont. In 18 games with the under-20 gold team, MacEachern has three goals and seven assists.
"Breah is one of the top-rated defence players graduating from the OHA," Panthers head coach Bruce Donaldson said. "We have a great relationship with OHA as both Marie-Soleil Deschenes and Ye Eun Parks are also alumni."
MacEachern has played for Team Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup and at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
"Breah brings a great skill set to our program: she is very mobile, moves the puck quickly, challenges players with her gap and sees the play on the ice very well," Donaldson said. "Her experience with Team Nova Scotia and the OHA will make the transition to the (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) a smooth one, and we are looking forward to having her in our lineup come September."
MacEachern will be a student in the faculty of arts.
The Panthers will lose fifth-year graduating defenceman Laura Bradley at the end of the season.
Forward Sam Sweet, the Panthers captain, is the other fifth-year player on this year's roster while the team has four in their fourth year of eligibility. UPEI has six second-year Panthers and rookies.
MacEachern is the second player the team has publicly announced will be joining them next year. Faith Steeves, a forward from Havelock, N.B., committed earlier this month.