In winning the championship, the team increased its points haul by 34 compared to 2011-12, the greatest season-to-season turnaround in the league’s history. The team finished the season with a 17-7-4 record. Along the way, UBC won a play-off game for the first time, hosted a play-off series for the first time, recorded its first play-off series victory and made its first appearance at the CIS nationals. The team’s head coach Graham Thomas became the first UBC coach to win conference and national coach of the year. And not only did the team improve on the ice, it also improved academically, doubling its number of Academic All Canadians from two to four.
There is a great sense of expectation among the players as they look forward to the new season, and the team will be focusing all their efforts on making sure it is a memorable one. As defenceman Emily Grainger recently told UBC Reports, “I think that women’s hockey is poised to become another UBC sport powerhouse. It’s something people can look forward to and get excited about.”
The success of the Thunderbird women’s hockey team last season was truly unbelievable. The 100th anniversary of women’s hockey at UBC marks perfect moment to cement the growth and development of the program. The team’s performance will act as an inspiration for more talented athletes to consider UBC in the future. The support of our donors will ensure we have the resources to keep breaking records and leading the way for women’s hockey.
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