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BDHS alum scores spot on Women's Hockey Canada development team

Bradford goalie Hannah Murphy has been selected to represent Hockey Canada on the National Women's Development Team

Hannah Murphy, who graduated from Bradford District High School in 2021, was recently selected by Hockey Canada to attend the National Women’s Program selection camp, which took place earlier this month at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. 

The 11-day camp brought together athletes vying for spots on Canada’s National Women’s Team, Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team as a start to the 2022-23 season and a new four-year Olympic cycle.

In an announcement by Hockey Canada on Sunday, Murphy earned herself a spot on Canada’s National Women’s Development Team. Canada is scheduled to play in a three-game series against the United States, Aug. 17-20 at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park.  

Murphy attended Colgate University in New York state last year on a hockey scholarship.  After a standout first season, Murphy was named Rookie of the Year for the Colgate Women's ice hockey team. Murphy accumulated a 17-3-0 record and her .850 win percentage led ECAC Hockey and was third-best in the nation.

Behind four shutouts, she posted a 1.49 goals-against average that ranked fourth-best in the conference and eighth nationally. She earned ECAC Goalie of the Week and Rookie of the Week on Nov.29 after helping the Raiders win the Smashville NCAA Showcase with victories over Boston College and No. 3 Minnesota.

Murphy was also named the conference's Rookie of the Month for February. In March, Murphy helped the Colgate Raiders win the ECAC playoffs in a 2-1 overtime win over Yale to claim their second straight conference championship. Additionally, Murphy was named to the 2022 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team and the Dean's Honour List.

Prior to attending Colgate, Murphy played for three years in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) although the last year was modified due to Covid.

She played seven seasons with the Central York Girls Hockey Association (Aurora Panthers) and five seasons with the Napanee Crunch.

Murphy began playing hockey at the age of four. She and her older sister were inspired by their mother who played hockey and would often go out to watch her in action. 

Parents Paul and Rebecca Murphy are extremely proud of their daughter's success and how hard she has worked for many years in order to get to this point.

"Hannah has really enjoyed the camp playing with and against the women who won the Olympic gold medal a few months ago," said Paul.

He says her roommate, two-time Olympian Jill Saulnier, and her goalie partner during the camp, also two-time Olympian, Ann-Renee Desbiens have been amazing mentors.

"It's really been an incredible ride to see her continue on, accomplishing her dreams and setting new goals as she accomplishes more and more things," said 

The schedule, roster and live stream to watch the games this weekend can be found here