The Westman Wildcats continue to produce high-level hockey talent, as yet another productive star has committed to furthering her career with postsecondary hockey. Defender Jori Hansen-Young has signed a U-Sports letter of commitment to play for the Mount Royal University Cougars beginning in the 2021-22 university season.
The six-foot, 155-pound Brandon product spent the past three seasons with the Wildcats in the U18 Manitoba Female Hockey League, where she led offensively on the blue line, while contributing to her team’s shut-down defence. A multi-sport athlete, Hansen-Young also golfs, plays volleyball and basketball, while serving as a competitive sailer.
Leading all defenders with 11 goals, 31 points and 50 penalty minutes in 49 games this past season, Hansen-Young had 11 more points than Westman’s next-best blueliner Makenna Beard, who had three goals and 20 points in 53 contests. Through 161 career games with the Wildcats, the left-handed shooting Grade 11 student has 81 points, operating at an impressive 0.5 point-per-game average.
“We are excited that Jori decided she wanted to pursue her academic and hockey goals at MRU after she graduates,” said Mount Royal head coach Scott Rivett in a team-issued press release. “She is a tremendous kid who will fit into our culture and with her size, strength and hockey sense she could have an immediate impact within our tough Canada West conference.”
With former teammates Paige Hubbard and Rachel O’Toole leaving for the University of Regina Cougars for the 2019-20 season, Hansen-Young and the Wildcats also saw Ashley Spence and Gillian Gervin sign with Minot State University in November of 2019 for the coming year. Luckily for Westman, the Wildcats will still have Hansen-Young on the roster for the 2020-21 season beginning this fall.
Hansen-Young will suit up within the Canada West Division of U-Sports and take on the University of Manitoba Bisons amongst other western Canadian opponents in the fall of 2021. Mount Royal went 19-17-0 during the 2019-20 season, beating Manitoba in five of its six regular season matchups, while winning its U-Sports quarterfinal matchup before the season was called due to the COVID-19 pandemic.