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Alumni Spotlight: Shannon Morris-Reade, Greater Vancouver Comets

Friday, December 04, 2015
Alumni Spotlight: Shannon Morris-Reade, Greater Vancouver Comets
 
Name:
Shannon Morris-Reade
Hometown:
Port Coquitlam, BC
FMAAA Team:
North Shore Avalanche (2014-2015), Fraser Valley Phantom (2013-2014)
Current Team:
Lindenwood University Lions (NCAA Division I)
 
 
Mark Taylor, Head Coach of the Greater Vancouver Comets (formerly the West Coast Avalanche), has fond memories of Shannon Morris-Reade’s time with the team. “Shannon was a pleasure to coach and you knew she would give 100% every time she stepped on the ice” says Taylor, an assistant coach with the Avalanche in 2014-2015.
 
Morris-Reade played her minor hockey with the Tri Cities Female Hockey Association before moving on to the Fraser Valley Rush in 2013-2014, her second year of midget hockey. In her one (1) season with the Rush, Morris-Reade led the league in scoring, tallying 38 points (27 goals, 11 assists) in 30 games. Her presence in front of the net was so dominant that she had nearly twice as many goals as any other player in the league – the three (3) players tied for second place in the scoring race each had 14 goals apiece.
 
After one season with the Rush, the Port Coquitlam native joined the Avalanche, who split their ice time between North Vancouver and Coquitlam. Morris-Reade kept up a similar scoring pace with her new team, notching 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 30 games.
 
During her time with the Rush and Avalanche, Morris-Reade drew the attention of scouts from Team BC and various universities. She first made Team BC as a 16 year old, playing in the 2013 National Women’s U18 Championships in Quebec. She also made the roster in 2014-2015, earning the opportunity to represent BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.
 
Says Taylor, “Shannon was an extremely hard worker on and off the ice. She was a true power forward that was determined to win every battle on the ice. She was very strong and fit as an athlete.” Working towards playing at the next level, “Shannon worked on her skills and understanding of the game every practice and improved her game as the season progressed.  Shannon grew into one of the team leaders and was a positive influence on all of her team mates.”
 
This hard work earned her a scholarship to Lindenwood University, located just outside St. Louis, Missouri. While Missouri isn’t exactly known as a hockey hotbed, the Lindenwood Lions have competed at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division I level since the 2012-2013 season. Lindenwood Head Coach Scott Spencer previously worked at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, and has recruited several BC players as a result – including Morris-Reade, Ally Larson, and Carla Goodwin, all members of the 2014-2015 Team BC squad. Through her first 16 games at Lindenwood, Morris-Reade has five (5) goals and seven (7) assists for a total of 12 points as the Lions have a 3-11-2 record.
 
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush (Langley), Greater Vancouver Comets (Coquitlam), Kootenay Wild (Nelson), Northern Capitals (Prince George), Thompson-Okanagan Lakers (Vernon), and Vancouver Island Seals (Campbell River). The teams play a 30 game regular season, followed by the playoffs. The FMAAA Champion has the opportunity to compete for the ESSO Cup, Hockey Canada's National Female Midget Championship, which will take place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan from April 19 - 25, 2016.
 
The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The league has had nearly 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.
 
For more information about the BC FMAAA program, please visit the website at www.bchockey.net/fmaaa or email midgethockey@bchockey.net.


 
 

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