Okanagan Hockey Academy student athlete Sophie Lalor will attend and play U Sports hockey at the University of Saskatchewan beginning next season.
Lalor, 17, has accumulated 10 points (3-7-10) in nine games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep team this season. The Penticton, B.C. product netted 17 points (7-10-17) in 20 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
Lalor recently won a bronze medal with Team BC at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.
The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Their women’s ice hockey team competes in the U Sports Canada West Conference.
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.