By Marianne Curtis
Two young athletes from the region are graduating and moving on to promising careers in women’s hockey after receiving scholarships to play university hockey.
Shelby Bram from Ste. Anne and Riki Krentz from La Broquerie will both be moving on to play women’s hockey at the university level. Both players have been members of the Eastman Selects MFMHL.
Seventeen year old Bram has committed to play for the Mercyhurst College Lakers, one of the top teams in the NCAA located in Erie Pennsylvania, next season. Shelby will be following in her sister’s Bailey’s footsteps she is already one of the Lakers top forwards and one of the top forwards in NCAA Hockey.
Over the past 2 seasons Bram became one of the top offensive players to ever play in Eastman Selects program. She has also been named to Team Manitoba through the U18 Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence each of the past 2 years.
Most recently, Bram was part of the roster for Manitoba’s Under 18 team that participated at the 2011 Canada Winter Games (women’s) tournament. She also made the U18 Team Canada and represented Canada in a 3 game set vs. the USA as well as played in the U18 World Championship in Sweden in January 2011 where she was part of Team Canada’s Silver Medal performance.
Teammate seventeen year old Riki Krentz has given her commitment to play for the Mount Allison University Mounties in New Brunswick next season. Mount Allison is a CIS Program who compete in the Atlantic University Sport Conference.
Krentz, an alternate captain for the Selects is a very good skater with a solid defence but has contributed offensively in her three year career with the Selects has picked up 107 points (48 Goals and 59 assists) in 137 games played.
Although Krentz did not start playing hockey until age 12 she has earned 2 Provincial Bronze Medals with the Selects plus won 3 Provincial Championships prior to playing with the Selects along with a N.A.H.C. Gold Medal with Team Manitoba.
Krentz is also an outstanding student who carries a 92% University Entrance average in high school and is looking at getting her Bachelor of Science Degree at Mount Allison.
Riki Krenz from La Broquerie is going to play hockey in New Brunswick.
Ste. Anne native Shelby Bram is going to Pennsylvania to play college hockey with her sister Bailey.