ST. CATHERINE’S, Ont. – Shailynn Snow, originally from Clarke’s Beach, may have an opportunity to don a Team Canada jersey for the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship.
Snow, who turned 16 this year, told the Compass she has been playing hockey her entire life, with her first on-ice experience when she was still in diapers at the age of two.
Soon after, she picked up a love for hockey – which she attributes to her grandfather – and has not looked back since.
Recently, Snow was named an alternate for Team Canada in the upcoming Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia in January 2018. This means if anyone is injured or otherwise unable to play at the championships, Snow will take their place on the team – something she considers a big step to her ultimate goal of playing for Team Canada.
“It’s an honour – a huge honour, of course,” Snow told the Compass. “Now, that’s just giving me that extra bit of motivation to work hard, practice and keep working toward my goal.”
That goal is to make the roster in the 2018-2019 championship, and become a full-fledged member of the team next year.
“It’s a huge step all on its own, and hopefully one that helps me get to the team next year.”
Snow’s hockey career is already extensive. She currently attends Ridley College in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, and plays forward for the Ridley Tigers – the school’s Junior Women’s Hockey League team. On top of this, she was invited last year to attend a Hockey Canada training camp in Hamilton, Ontario after attracting the attention of officials from the national women’s program.
The camp is considered the first step to assessing talent for the national Under-18 team, and clearly, things have been going well for her.
Although Snow may not travel to Russia in January, she says she still looks forward to testing her skills, and is excited about the chance to represent her country on the ice.
Snow told the Compass that over the next few months, she’d be keeping busy with the Ridley Tigers
“Next week now, we’re in Kitchener, Ontario for a tournament, and after Christmas we’re pretty much gone every second weekend, usually down to the States somewhere for our JWHL games.”
Snow explained her dedication and love for hockey stems from a lifetime of on and off-ice play, with an athletic history spanning local minor hockey in Bay Roberts, all the way up to now, with her goals always in sight.
“My pop is who got me into the sport back when I was really young, and so did my mom,” explained Snow. “And then a lot of other people like Bo Bennett and Craig Mercer, those two helped me out tremendously.
“I’ve just always loved the sport, and it’s an amazing feeling to be given these kinds of opportunities. I know everyone that’s helped me along the way are proud to see this kind of thing happen.”