Aldergrove’s Amy Potomak is set to skate with the Pacific Steelers.
The 16-year-old is joining the Steelers for the 2016/17 Junior Women’s Hockey League season.
The 10-team league has five Canadian teams and five U.S. teams, with the Steelers based out of Richmond.
The league is considered one of the top under-19 female hockey leagues in the world and entering its 10th year, the JWHL has moved 525 players on to the university level.
“I have been coaching female hockey for 20 years and there are very few players I have come across that have Amy’s creativity, vision and ability to score,” said Steelers coach Jeff Eaton. “She is a special athlete who is going to to do amazing things in the game.”
Eaton has coached both Potomak and her older sister Sarah, as well as older brothers Devin and Brandon in the past.
“I have worked with Jeff in the past and have faith in him as a coach and person,” Amy Potomak said.
“Jeff is very dedicated and motivated. He has always managed to make me a better, smarter and more skilled player.”
Potomak played for the Pursuit of Excellence program this past season, registering 28 goals and 45 points in 30 games.
The five-foot-eight, 148-pound centre also captained Team B.C. at the under-18 national championships in 2015, earning the tournament’s most valuable player award. She also helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF women’s world championships.
Potomak still has one year of high school remaining, but she has already verbally committed to joining her older sister Sarah at the University of Minnesota for the 2017/18 season.
Sarah Potomak helped Minnesota win the NCAA national championship on March 20, earning the tournament’s most outstanding player award.