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Women’s hockey team on the verge
Sports writer Matt Vocino gives his take on the potential of the incoming women’s hockey team

The Ryerson Rams are coming off on heavily this season. Korea at the 2018 World Hockey
of a historic 2017-18 season—having Defence/Goaltenders Championship 1-B, adding two as-
broken the program’s previous regu- With the departure of Alex Rodri- sists in five contests en route to cap-
lar season win record with 15 victo- guez, it’ll be interesting to see which turing a silver medal. Since she began
ries—setting a new best conference blueliner will step up for the Rams training with the South Korean na-
finish by ranking fifth in the Ontario and fill the offensive void this sea- tional team in 2011, Park has played
University Athletics and winning son. The two likely candidates will 37 international games and will bring
the program’s first playoff game. Al- be sophomores Julie Patricio and an increased focus and professional-
though last season did not end the Teagan Gartley, who recorded five ism to the Rams defence.
way the team may have wanted, hav- and four points respectively last sea- Keys to Success
RTA School of Media Professor Laurel Walzak | PHOTO: RTA SCHOOL OF MEDIA ing been bounced in the first round son. Ryerson’s blueline also include If the Rams are going to succeed
of the playoffs, there is no doubt that seniors Laura Ball, who has shown this season, they will need to con-

Nike ad provides valuable lesson the women’s hockey team is heading
into the 2018-19 campaign having
her defensive prowess in her first
three years, veteran Rachel Dowdall
tinue their strong special teams play
from a season ago. During the 2017-
established themselves as a program and sophomore Keelin Farren. 18 campaign, Ryerson’s powerplay
After the launch of Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad, RTA professor on the rise. As for the goalies, two of Ryer- ranked second in the OUA and was a
Laurel Walzak explains why student athletes at Ryerson should be Veteran presence son’s three goaltenders will return big part of their turnaround from the
This year’s roster will include a from last season, starting with vet- previous season. On the flipside, the
comfortable speaking out strong recruiting class that will look eran Rachel Seeley. During the Rams penalty kill finished 12th in the
to help fill the gap left by four gradu- 2017-18 campaign, her first as the OUA, although it greatly improved
By Christian Ryan platform to have that voice,” she ating players from the 2017-18 team: Rams starter, Seeley posted a .920 as the season progressed, killing off
explained. She also said that since Sarah McGilvray, Alex Rodriguez, save percentage with a 2.15 goals 30 of 33 penalties over their final
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pro- Nike is putting the pressure on Ailish Forfar and Alyssa Connolly. allowed average and 12 wins that eight regular season contests.
test against violence and inequality the other big brands, athletes don’t The program’s remaining veterans included three shutouts. Last year’s If the Rams can keep clicking
continues to take the world by storm, have to feel “like they’re alone or will need to the lead the way, starting back-up, Fanny Vigeant, will also with the man advantage, and they
with clothing juggernaut Nike utiliz- like they don’t have a voice.” with Kryshanda Green. In her sec- return this season after winning can continue to improve on last
ing him in a bold new ad campaign. Walzak has marketing experience ond season, the Brampton native was both games in which she saw action year’s late season penalty kill suc-
The former NFL player remains a in the NHL, CWHL and NFL, and dominant; tying for first in scoring last year. cess, it’s fair to say that this club
polarizing figure even years after he currently teaches Sport Marketing in on the Rams after collecting 23 total Newcomer Watch will win games.
kneeled during the American nation- the RTA sport media program. She points (10 goals, 13 assists). She was South Korean Olympian and for- The team will play their first ex-
al anthem to protest of police brutal- said Nike’s campaign with Kaeper- also a reliable force in the late stages mer UPEI Panther Ye Eun Park be- hibition game on Sept. 13, and will
ity and inequality. nick has provided the most poignant of the game, as she scored two game- comes the first ever international open their eighth season on home
While the focus has largely been lessons in marketing and humanity winning goals. Alongside Green will student-athlete to suit up for the ice on October 14th, at 4:15 PM.
on statements by professional ath- this year. be fellow winger Brooklyn Gemmill women’s hockey team. After com- For full-length reads of all of our pre-
letes, RTA School of Media pro- (who scored 18 points on six goals peting at the 2018 Pyeongchang views, please check out our website at
fessor Laurel Walzak believes that “My message to the and 12 assists), also being depended Olympics, Park represented South theeyeopener.com.
student-athletes should look to the
campaign as a source of inspiration
athletes and to sport
media students is to
and education.
For the last two years, Ryerson not be complacent and
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