BC Hockey announced that Braxtyn Shawara of the Northern Capitals has been named the Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) Player of the Month for November 2016. The 5’6” forward from McBride, BC tallied eight (8) goals and two (2) assists for a total of 10 points in just six (6) games during the month.
Shawara, a rookie, has a total of 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists) through 15 games so far this season. She leads the FMAAA League in goals and is tied for first place in total points with teammate Caily Mellott.
Said Capitals Head Coach Carl Johnston, “Braxtyn is a hard worker who gives 100 percent every single time she steps on the ice. She works very hard to be the best she can in her sport. At only 14 years of age (turning 15 in December), Braxtyn demonstrates a great level of maturity on the ice.”
Off the ice, Shawara works with young skaters to help develop their skills, and also participated with the rest of the Capitals in the “Ride for Life” fundraiser to support children with cancer. She achieved Principal’s List honours in school and also volunteers with her younger sister’s gymnastics competitions. Said Johnston, “Braxtyn is always there to assist in any task. Her teammates and friendships are a top priority to Braxtyn which is evident everyday.”
Shawara was chosen from a high-calibre list of other nominees, including: Taylor Read (Fraser Valley Rush), Sophia Christopherson (Greater Vancouver Comets), Mairyn Tucker (Thompson-Okanagan Lakers), and Jaydin Spooner (Vancouver Island Seals).
The FMAAA program consists of six (6) zone-based teams across the province – the Fraser Valley Rush, Greater Vancouver Comets, Kootenay Wild, Northern Capitals, Thompson-Okanagan Lakers, and Vancouver Island Seals. 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 Morden, Manitoba from April 23 - 29, 2017.
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 more than 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.