After Gaining Skill, Toughness in Canadian Boys' Leagues, PU Goalie Newell Headed to U18 Women's Hockey Worlds
Bill Alden, Town Topics (12/19/12)
Growing up in British Columbia, Newell had to play in boys' leagues in order to become skilled between the pipes.
Needless to say in the rough and tumble world of Canadian youth hockey, the boys didn't roll out the welcome mat for Newell.
"Since I am usually the only girl, it is always a challenge," said Newell, a Vancouver native who starred for the Kootenay Ice Midget AAA boys' team in 2011-12.
"They are looking to replace you with a boy goalie. It helps you become mentally tough, you always have to be better. You need to compete and play well everyday; being consistent is important. Every game matters."