Devilettes’ Alyssa Wouda Makes Mustangs Recruit Class

Story: Western Mustangs

The Mustangs Women’s Hockey team has announced 8 new additions to the team for the 2020-21 season.

“We are excited for the addition of this class. They are a dynamic versatile group that will add a lot of speed and depth to our roster.” said Mustangs Head Coach Candice Moxley. “They are a driven group that are great players that will only keep getting better with our program.”

Positionally the Mustangs class includes 3 forwards, 3 defence and 2 goaltenders from across Ontario.

Seven of the eight new Mustangs comes from the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) while Mia McLeod is transferring from Long Island University, a division 1 school in the NCAA.

“It is great to have a player like Mia join our group from the NCAA D1 realm. The experience you gain from playing against some of the best players in the world especially as a goaltender is priceless.”

2020-21 Mustangs Women’s Hockey Recruit & Transfer Class

Grace Bellamy
Hometown: Brantford, ON
Position: Forward
Academic Program: Business Management & Organizational Studies
Previous Team(s): KW Rangers (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
Bronze Medal at Esso Cup (2019)
Why I chose Western:
“I chose Western because of the amazing academic opportunities as well as the facilities that are available to student athletes. The emphasis on a cohesive and positive team environment is also something that helped guide me to realize Western is the place I want to be.”

Emma Catalano
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Position: Goaltender
Academic Program: Kinesiology
Previous Team(s): Toronto Junior Aeros (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
Participated in the 2016 Ontario Summer Games
Bronze in the 2018 OWHA Provincials
Gold at the 2018 World Selects Invitation Tournament (Prague)
Why I chose Western:
“Western has high academic and sports competition as well as being a friendly and supporting community. Western has an amazing reputation and I knew it was home when I stepped onto campus. ”

Alissa General
Hometown: Six Nations, ON
Position: Forward
Academic Program: Childhood & Social Institutions
Previous Team(s): KW Rangers (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
Winning silver with Team Ontario in 2018 at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships
Why I chose Western:
“I chose Western because as soon as I stepped on campus, i’m not too sure what it was but I instantly fell in love. After I saw what Western had to offer and it’s beautiful campus, I knew right away that that was where I wanted to spend the next 4-5 years of my life playing the sport I love the most while working towards achieving my academic goals!”

Emily Ignagni
Hometown: Caledon, ON
Position: Defence
Academic Program: Engineering
Previous Team(s): Etobicoke Junior Dolphins (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
2019-2020 PWHL Regular Season Champions
2019 Stoney Creek Showcase Gold Medalist
2017 Bantam AA Provincial Gold Medalist
Why I chose Western:
“Western offers both amazing business and engineering programs and gave me the flexibility to choose either. I also loved the rink and the atmosphere of the campus. Simply put, Western felt the most like home to me.”

Gabrielle Lehoux
Hometown: Windsor, ON
Position: Defence
Academic Program: Kinesiology
Previous Team(s): Southwest Wildcats (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
Captain for the Southwest Wildcats
Why I chose Western:
“I chose Western because right when I stepped onto the campus I knew that I could see myself going there. Being one of the top schools in Canada and having a great hockey program made my decision even easier.”

Mia McLeod
Hometown: Penetanguishene, ON
Position: Goaltender
Academic Program: Health Sciences
Previous Team(s): Long Island University Sharks (NCAA Div.1) & Barrie Jr. Sharks (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
NEWHA Rookie of the Week x2
NEWHA Defensive Player of the Week
NEWHA Conference Champions.
Why I chose Western:
“I chose to transfer to Western because it has a strong Women’s Hockey program, as well as great academics.”

Kennedy Ward
Hometown: Uxbridge, ON
Position: Defence
Academic Program: Kinesiology
Previous Team(s): Etobicoke Junior Dolphins (PWHL)
Career Highlights:
2017 Provincial Champions
2017 Bronze Nationals Esso Cup Champions
2019 Stoney Creek Champions
2019-2020 Regular season Champions.
Why I chose Western:
“I chose Western because of their amazing academic programs and traditions of academic excellence. When I toured the campus and met Coach Moxley I knew Western was the right fit for me both academically and athletically.”

Alyssa Wouda
Hometown: London, ON
Position: Forward
Academic Program: Childhood & Social Institutions
Previous Team(s): London Jr. Devilettes (PWHL)
Why I chose Western:
“When I got the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love in my hometown representing the Western Mustangs reputation academically and athletically it made my decision easy.”

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