The U-18 AAA Manitoba Female Hockey League continues to see its players sign commitment letters for the 2022-23 calendar year. This time it was the Central Plains Capitals that saw one of its star players agree to terms on a futures deals in the United States.
This past week, the Capitals announced that forward Jaeda Clayton has officially signed her letter of intent with the incoming Division I University of Jamestown Jimmies, which will begin play in North Dakota within the American College Hockey Association next year.
Clayton, a third-year player for Central Plains, has two goals and seven points in 15 games for the Capitals so far this season. Last year she scored once in the three-game COVID-19 shortened season. Her first year in U-18 AAA, the fast-skating forward put up two goals and four points in 32 regular season games.
“I am very excited to play at the University of Jamestown,” Clayton said. “To have the opportunity to play on the inaugural female hockey team will be a great new experience.”
A new Division I program for 2022-23, the Jimmies are in the mid-stages of filling out their roster for the coming year. Last month, it was teammates from Pembina Valley, Cambree Martens and Anika Braun who joined the program, while a week ago, Eastman’s Kennedy Hauser also committed.
“After my first in person meeting with Coach Amber Schaack I knew it was the right fit for me,” she added. “Jamestown checked off all the boxes for what I wanted in a University. Coach Schaack has done a real good job selecting some of the top players from our league and other areas. I am really looking forward to meeting all my new team mates and starting this new chapter in my life at The University of Jamestown.”
With signing season fully underway, the MFHL continues to breed a heavy crop of talent for American university programs across the United States.
“The MFHL congratulates Jaeda on her outstanding accomplishments to date during her U18 “AAA” career,” the league wrote in a statement. “We wish her all the best with her future academic and hockey endeavours while at the University of Jamestown.”