Hilden hockey player commits to UPEI

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Hilden’s Madison Clarke will pursue academics and athletics next year at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Hilden's Madison Clarke will play hockey next season for the UPEI Panthers.

UPEI women’s hockey coach Bruce Donaldson announced yesterday that Clarke will become a member of the Panthers next season.

“I’m very happy to be coming to UPEI,” Clarke said in a news release. “The coaching staff is sincere in their interest in me, and very approachable. The hockey program and UPEI’s science department feels like the perfect fit for me, and I can’t wait to further both my education and hockey as a Panther.”

Clarke plans to pursue Kinesiology during her studies at UPEI.

Clarke, a defenceman, has played the past three seasons for the East Hants Pro Cresting Penguins of the Nova Scotia midget AAA female league. The team won the 2014 provincial title and competed at the Atlantic championship earlier this month, where it earned silver.

In the 28-game season, Clarke recorded two goals and three assists along with 28 penalty minutes.

“Madison is a great young player who brings a strong work ethic to her game,” said Donaldson. “She is very dependable – great mobility and enjoys the defensive side of the game. We see her as someone who will fit nicely within our defensive zone system and will develop to be a future team leader.”

Clarke has also been part of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program, competing on the U-15 and U-17 Atlantic Challenge Cup teams.

Organizations: Panthers

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Madison

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