(FREDERICTON, NB) The team doesn’t hit the ice for another year, but some of Canada’s most heralded up and coming female hockey players continue to commit to the returning UNB Varsity Reds.
Blueliners Emma Borbandy, of Langdon, Alberta, and Reece Laumback, of Wainwright, Alberta, are the latest players to sign U SPORTS Letters of Intent.
Borbandy plays defence for the Rocky Mountain Raiders Midget AAA team that competes in the Alberta Female Hockey League.
The 17-year-old is going into her Grade 12 year at Chestermere High School, near Calgary.
"I’m very excited for the opportunity to play for UNB,” says Borbandy. “UNB has everything I was looking for in a university, and knowing there’s a great coaching staff has made my decision easier.”
Recently, Borbandy was among the top 46 invitees to the selection camp for Alberta’s U18 team that will compete at the national championship tournament.
She was a member of the Raiders team that captured the 2017 title at the prestigious Mac’s AAA Midget World Invitational and helped the team to a silver medal in the AFHL.
She was part of teams that a won silver medal at the 2015 Mac’s Invitational and a gold medal at the 2014 Alberta Winter Games.
“Emma is a reliable defender who’ll bring consistency to our backend,” says Varsity Reds head coach Sarah Hilworth. “She brings an intensity that will help our team compete in year one, and be able to set the tone with her competitiveness. We’re excited to have her come on board.”
Borbandy plans on studying science at UNB.
Reece Laumbach plays defence for the Lloydminster Steelers Midget AAA team of the AFHL.
Last season, she was a member of the Edge Mountaineers.
She too was invited to Alberta’s U18 selection camp.
Laumbach has been a part of successes throughout her minor career, captaining Alberta’s Challenge Championship team in 2015, and as a member of the 2013 provincial bantam champions.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to be part of the returning women’s Varsity Reds hockey team,” says Laumbach. “I look forward to working with Coach Hilworth and her staff.”
“Reece is a defender who will push the pace and use her speed to be effective at the U SPORTS level,” says Hilworth. “Reece has tremendous leadership capabilities and will be an important figure moving forward.”
Laumbach will study science at UNB, with plans on applying to a dentistry school for post-graduate studies.
Borbandy and Laumbach will join the Varsity Reds when they return to Atlantic University Sport play in 2018-19.
They join forwards Paige Grenier, Alayna Wagstaff, and Tamina Kehler, and fellow blueliner Jenna Himer, who’ve also signed U SPORTS Letters of Intent to join the Varsity Reds.