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North River teen flourishes under Cyclones female program

Kara MacDonald and her teammates with the Wilson’s Home Heating Cyclones will play in front of family and friends this weekend at the annual Spring Thaw tournament in Debert and Brookfield.
Kara MacDonald and her teammates with the Wilson’s Home Heating Cyclones will play in front of family and friends this weekend at the annual Spring Thaw tournament in Debert and Brookfield.

TRURO, N.S. – In a word, Kara MacDonald likes “everything” about hockey.

“As soon as I get on the ice nothing else matters, really,” says the affable teen. “It’s a good pastime, it clears your head. It’s literally just about the game as soon as you step on the ice.”

MacDonald, 17, is captain of the Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones midget AA girls team. The squad is enjoying a solid season and MacDonald is having success on a personal level.

Indeed, it’s a fun time to be a member of the Cyclones. Truth be told, though, it’s always been that way.

“It’s fun, it really is,” MacDonald says, with a wide smile.

MacDonald met her best friend, Amy Murdock, through hockey. The duo became friends while playing on a Truro atom boys’ team. Murdock later played peewee girls hockey and invited MacDonald to join her.

“I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try it,’ and I’ve stayed with it ever since,” says MacDonald, a North River resident and Grade 12 student at CEC.

MacDonald has enjoyed many opportunities playing all-girls hockey. She has played every position, including goaltender, has been a member of two provincial championship teams and has been invited to participate in elite-level programs.

The Cyclones female program has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and MacDonald credits dedicated coaches for that success. She says the focus at each level has always been on development and giving players the best chance to succeed.

MacDonald, a goal-scoring centre, is playing her final season of female minor hockey. And while she’s sad that it’s coming to an end, she wouldn’t change a thing, and values the lessons she’s learned along the way.

But before she writes the next chapter in her hockey life, MacDonald and her teammates have important business to take care of. This weekend, the Cyclones will host their annual Spring Thaw tournament in Debert and Brookfield.

Nineteen teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will compete at the four-day event, which begins Thursday.

The opportunity to play at home in front of family and friends holds special meaning to the Cyclones, says MacDonald.

“Very much so; it’s really good … being in your home rink definitely is good.”

SNAP SHOT

Third annual Spring Thaw Female Hockey Tournament.

Who: 19 teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick competing.

Hosted by: Colchester Female Minor Hockey Association.

When: March 16 to 19.

Where: West Colchester United Arena, Debert; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Brookfield.

Divisions: Atom A, Peewee A, Bantam A, Midget AA.

“As soon as I get on the ice nothing else matters, really,” says the affable teen. “It’s a good pastime, it clears your head. It’s literally just about the game as soon as you step on the ice.”

MacDonald, 17, is captain of the Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones midget AA girls team. The squad is enjoying a solid season and MacDonald is having success on a personal level.

Indeed, it’s a fun time to be a member of the Cyclones. Truth be told, though, it’s always been that way.

“It’s fun, it really is,” MacDonald says, with a wide smile.

MacDonald met her best friend, Amy Murdock, through hockey. The duo became friends while playing on a Truro atom boys’ team. Murdock later played peewee girls hockey and invited MacDonald to join her.

“I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try it,’ and I’ve stayed with it ever since,” says MacDonald, a North River resident and Grade 12 student at CEC.

MacDonald has enjoyed many opportunities playing all-girls hockey. She has played every position, including goaltender, has been a member of two provincial championship teams and has been invited to participate in elite-level programs.

The Cyclones female program has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and MacDonald credits dedicated coaches for that success. She says the focus at each level has always been on development and giving players the best chance to succeed.

MacDonald, a goal-scoring centre, is playing her final season of female minor hockey. And while she’s sad that it’s coming to an end, she wouldn’t change a thing, and values the lessons she’s learned along the way.

But before she writes the next chapter in her hockey life, MacDonald and her teammates have important business to take care of. This weekend, the Cyclones will host their annual Spring Thaw tournament in Debert and Brookfield.

Nineteen teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will compete at the four-day event, which begins Thursday.

The opportunity to play at home in front of family and friends holds special meaning to the Cyclones, says MacDonald.

“Very much so; it’s really good … being in your home rink definitely is good.”

SNAP SHOT

Third annual Spring Thaw Female Hockey Tournament.

Who: 19 teams from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick competing.

Hosted by: Colchester Female Minor Hockey Association.

When: March 16 to 19.

Where: West Colchester United Arena, Debert; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Brookfield.

Divisions: Atom A, Peewee A, Bantam A, Midget AA.

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