Holt nets Team Alberta berth


In the fast lane - Bashaw’s Jessyka Holt (11) of the Warner Warriors participates in World Girls’ Hockey Day in Calgary on Oct. 2. Holt has been chosen to Team Alberta for the Canadian under-18 women’s hockey championship


Independent editor

Jessyka Holt of Bashaw can add another trip to her hockey calendar for this season.

Holt, 16, was among 20 players named to Team Alberta last week for the Canadian under-18 women’s championship Nov. 2-6 in Saguenay, Que.

“The coaches called us, and I was really excited,” said Holt, who was in her Warner Hockey School residence when she received news of her selection to the provincial team.

“There was a lot of good players (trying out), so I was nervous about it. I didn’t know, for sure, if I was going to make it or not.”

Holt, a Grade 11 forward in her second year at Warner, plays in an elite program with her school team. The club travels throughout Canada and the U.S., including a trip to Boston this past weekend.

Including two of Holt’s Alberta teammates, about half of her Warner team will be represented at the under-18 nationals, a high-level competition.

“It’s going to be really tough, but you get used to it,” said Holt, a five-foot-four, 144-pound right-winger.

“After a couple of games, you’ll be good.”

Holt and her Alberta teammates have already become familiar with each other. They attended the provincial tryout camps together and they’ve seen each other during their minor hockey days.

“I know quite a few of them,” Holt said during a Montreal stopover en route to Boston last Thursday.

“I’ve played with a couple of them, and I’ve played against some of them. At the last camp, we were getting along quite well.”

Holt comes from a hockey family, and she believes it was natural for her to play the sport.

“It was family, for sure, that influenced me most,” she said. “Because my dad played and my brother played … I wanted to be just like my brother, so I started playing hockey.”

Her brother Nicholas, 18, graduated from midget last season, but older sisters Karley, 19, and Ashley, 21, remain active in hockey. Ashley is in her fourth year at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, while Karley is a member of the Penhold-based Central Alberta Amazons in the provincial junior female league.

Holt’s parents, Robin and Jackie, plan to watch their youngest daughter at the under-18 nationals in Quebec.

“It’s something you don’t really want to miss,” said her mother, Jackie.

“Jessyka has worked very hard to achieve all her hockey success.”

On that hockey road, she left home before her Grade 10 year to play hockey at Warner.

“It’s been very tough,” Jackie said. “It’s not very often you send a 15-yearold girl away, but when she wants to achieve some of her dreams, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Holt wanted to be challenged in a hockey-centered environment where the players are on the ice daily.

“It’s a really good experience,” she said. “I came here for the coaching, and a better hockey level.”

“You’re always excited for the next day — to have something new come along and learn something new every day.”

Holt scored three goals through nine exhibition games with the Warner Warriors, who were slated to begin their Junior Women’s Hockey League schedule last Friday.

Just Posted

Stettler Health Foundation has a lot to smile about

Stettler Tim Hortons donates $2,994 Smile Cookie proceeds to local health foundation

Stettler man found guilty of illegally trafficking wildlife

Hunting license suspended for three years

Our Town Stettler

Main Street in the early 1900s

Stettler hosting Third Annual Old Fashion Christmas Dinner

Freedom Christian Fellowship also having a free Christmas Dinner

High number of Clearview students graduate: Annual report

Clearview boasts 86.4 per cent Grade 12 completion

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

‘I practically begged’: B.C. woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

New home for Calgary Flames estimated to cost up to $600 million

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the Saddledome

Most Read