“She’s a great defender who skates really well and that’s definitely one of the things that stands out in her game,” said Bears head coach Jeff Willoughby.

“It’s a reflection of the program when players can reach that level and we are obviously very happy about that,” he said.

As a native hockey player, Chief said it was sometimes difficult to reach where she is now, but her family has always helped her stay positive.

“Hockey is something I really love to do, so I just had to stick with it,” Chief said.

While just being invited to camp is an accomplishment, Chief is hoping the opportunity will lead to other good things for his road hockey career.

“Getting to know more about Saskatchewan girls playing at a higher level will be super exciting and fun, then having the opportunity to be watched for colleges and everything. I definitely want to play high performance college hockey when I graduate.

Chief will be one of 27 players at camp in late September before a final 20-player roster is chosen to form the Saskatchewan squad for the national championship in late October and early November.

Morgan Willoughby joins the Bears coaching staff

A familiar face will join the coaching staff behind the bench for the Northern Bears of the Saskatchewan Women’s Midget AAA Hockey League (SFMAAAHL) this season.

Morgan Willoughby has been announced as the new assistant coach. Willoughby, who is the daughter of head coach Jeff, has been a Prince Albert bear for four seasons, including that of captain the last two years of his Midget AAA career. She recently completed her five-year Usports career as a member of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Huskies, where she served as an assistant captain for the past two seasons. She graduated from the U of S with a Bachelor of Education and is currently working at the Prince Albert Catholic School Division.

“She applied on her own and then told me she did, so I was excited,” Jeff said. “Having the opportunity to train with my daughter is just very special and we look forward to it. She is excited to continue with hockey. It has been a big part of her life so seeing her involved like that is. really rewarding.

Morgan is the first woman to join the coaching staff for the Bears.


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