The University of Maine women's hockey program is pleased to announce six new players who will be joining the Black Bears for the 2013-14 season. The six new players will help replace current leading scorer Brittany Dougherty and defensive workhorse Chloe Tinkler, both who have played valuable minutes and had major impacts in all situations. The class will add size with two D coming in at 5'10" (Kristin Gilmour) and 6'0'' (Jessica Vallotton). The four forwards bring a multitude of talents to Maine, Sakundiak, Brigham and Boissonneault all possess speed, creativity, playmaking ability and the ability to make plays around defensemen and score goals. Kirkup is a big strong power forward who plays tough goal line to goal line and beats goalies with her hard net drive and her accurate shot.
"I am really excited about the class Richard Reichenbach, Tyler Bilton and Sara Simard have spent the last couple of years assembling. We are bringing in great character players who work hard and fit in to our culture. They will bring a higher skill set and level of experience that will instantly improve our team depth," said coach Maria Lewis.
Eve Boissonneault, a 5' 6" forward from Sudbury, Ontario plays for the Sudbury Lady Wolves midget team. In the 2011-12 season Boissonneault tallied 34 goals and 21 assists for a total of 55 points. Currently, in the 2012-13 season, Eve has accumulated 50 goals and 41 assists for a total of 91 points thus far. Eve has been an assistant captain for Sudbury the last two seasons. She is bi-lingual in English and French and plans to major in Kinesiology.
Emilie Brigham, a 5' 5" forward and plays for Anoka high school in Anoka, MN. In 2012 Emilie was an All-State and associated press honorable mention Class AA all-star and in 2011-12, she was named All North West Suburban All-Conference Team. Brigham was also named honorable mention All-Conference in 2010. After 21 games this season, Emilie has 26 goals and 18 assists for 44 points. Brigham has shown much improvement since her freshman year in 2009-10 where she notched seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points through 26 games. During the 2010-11 season, she more then doubled her points, registering 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points. Last season her offensive impact continued, competing in 25 games, Emilie notched 20 goals and added 36 assists for 56 points while adding another two goals and two assists in Anoka's two sectional games. Emilie has the honor of being Anoka's team Captain this season and will bring her leadership skills with her when she joins the Black Bears. In the summer Brigham plays for the elite Minnesota u-19 club team, Minnesota Whitecaps. Emilie also participated in the Midwest girl's high school elite league during the fall. Emilie made USA Hockey National camp the last three summers including the Select U17 camp in 2012, Select U16 camp in 2011 and Select U15 camp in 2010. Emilie was selected by USA hockey to participate in the Russian hockey exchange program in 2012 and traveled to Russia this past fall. Emilie currently has a 4.09 GPA and plans to enroll in the University of Maine honors program.
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