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Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Casorso, Thompson-Okanagan
Friday, December 18, 2015
Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Casorso, Thompson-Okanagan
Sarah Casorso
Kelowna, BC
Thompson-Okanagan Rockets (now Thompson-Okanagan Lakers), 2007-2010
University Team:
University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (CIS), 2010-2015
Professional Team:
EHV Sabres (Vienna, Austria – European Women’s Hockey League)
Sarah Casorso was one of the first players to play all three (3) years of Midget hockey in the Female Midget AAA (FMAAA) program, starting in the league’s inaugural 2007-2008 season and playing until 2010.
The 5’7” defenseman and native of Kelowna finished in the Top Ten in league scoring her final season, tallying 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 15 games with the Rockets. Casorso then moved to Vancouver to play for the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds.
Casorso joined a struggling Thunderbirds squad that had never won more than eight (8) games in a single season. While her first two (2) seasons with the program weren’t ideal (the team’s records were 7-17 and 1-23), she was a bright spot on the Thunderbirds blue line, providing a solid defensive presence.
In Casorso’s third season with the team, 2012-2013, there was a huge turnaround – one of the biggest in the history of Canadian university sports. The team went 17-11, in large part thanks to their new Head Coach, Graham Thomas. Casorso stepped into a more offensive role, putting up 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in a single season, doubling her career point total. The Thunderbirds won the Canada West Championship, and earned a trip to the National Championship where they placed fifth.
The following season was even more successful, with the team finishing 20-8, including a 13-1 record at home. Casorso tallied 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) and helped the team to a Canada West finals appearance, losing to the University of Saskatchewan.
In Casorso’s final season with the team, the Thunderbirds earned an 18-10 record reaching the Canada West finals for a third straight year before losing to the University of Manitoba. She scored a career-high 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) and was named to Team Canada for the 2015 Winter Universiade Games in Granada, Spain. Casorso helped the team to a silver medal, falling to Russia in the gold medal game.
After graduating from UBC, Casorso moved overseas, to join the EHV Vienna Sabres for the 2015-2016 season. EHV Vienna is a semi-professional team based in Vienna, Austria that plays in the Elite Women’s Hockey League.  The Sabres are currently first in the league with an 11-2-0 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 or email



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