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Parkhill, Ont. goalie makes OHL draft historical past

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Taya Currie has made Ontario Hockey League historical past.

The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs goalie was chosen by the Sarnia Sting within the 14th spherical of the OHL Precedence Choice, changing into the primary feminine to be drafted into the league.

Talking with World Information this week the 16-year-old mentioned she wasn’t pondering an excessive amount of about making historical past, and the added consideration that comes together with it.

“I’ve gotten extra use to it, and the start I used to be not so positive about it, however I’m now getting extra use to it and confidence about myself with it.”

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Being a goalie takes confidence, nevertheless it’s precisely that strain that lead her to strapping on the pads within the first place.

“I didn’t like sitting on the bench,” Currie mentioned.

“I like being the final protection for the time, somebody that may actually management the sport… I simply love each little bit of it.”

Ryan Yessie, assistant coach with the Chiefs, says she is a straightforward participant to love.

“She has that staff focus, and that concentrate on eager to do her greatest for the staff, and being somebody that we might actually depend on,” mentioned Yessie. “She all the time desires to get higher, she’s all the time working tougher to get higher.”

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A bulk of the Chiefs staff has been collectively for six or seven years, a giant cause Currie made the choice to maintain enjoying on the AAA stage.

“We’re shut, we’re like a household,” mentioned Currie. “Simply having fun with one another and having enjoyable with the season, and pushing ourselves to the subsequent stage.”

Currie says reaching the NHL can be “greater than a dream,” however has her sights set on representing her nation within the Olympics, and even going to an excellent college.

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Shannon Szabados, gold medal winner and the primary feminine to play in a Western Hockey League common season recreation mentioned on Twitter, “Congrats Taya! Watched this reside. Cant wait to look at you on the World stage at some point.”

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