McLean nets SAIT rookie award

Former Midget AAA Kootenay Wildcat captain Erin McLean capped off an excellent first-season with the SAIT Trojans.

Former Midget AAA Kootenay Wildcat captain Erin McLean capped off an excellent first-season with the SAIT Trojans of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

The Trail native was named Rookie of the Year by the Trojans at their awards ceremony on Friday, following in the footsteps of Lindsey Audia another ex-Wildcat who won top rookie a few years earlier.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Wildcat coach Cary Fisher. “Erin is a legitimate CIS hockey player. She is very good, so I’m not surprised she won that.”

The 18-year-old defenceman posted one goal and four assists for SAIT, however, the Trojan  women had a tough year finishing in fourth place in the ACAC with a 5-11-1-1 record and out of the playoffs.

Last season McLean led the Wildcats in scoring with 4-8-12 in 28 matches.

The Wildcats, based out of Nelson,  consist of players from around the Kootenays with this year’s team icing players from Fernie, Golden, Cranbrook, Canal Flats, Trail, Nelson, Nakusp, Rossland, and Castlegar.

The program has consistently produced quality players and individuals, including Clarkson University’s Ella Matteucci who won the NCAA div. 1 championship last month with the Golden Knights.