There are big changes for the Calgary RATH team this 2007 season. Seven athletes and one coach are off to pursue new adventures, while four new athletes and three coaches try to fill the missing shoes. September saw many new faces, starting with a new coaching staff. Assistant coaches, Trina Janssens and Ryan Van Roekel, and Manager, Deb McNeil were joined by head coach Beth Veale – Calgary RATH’s first female head coach! George Harvey, former coach of the Montreal Mission, joined the team upon a move out west. And mental/physical trainer, Jody Seerup, rounded out the Calgary RATH staff.
For the first time since 2004, the Calgary RATH coaching staff held tryouts. After two weeks of evaluations they picked their team. Rookies (and two time National Champions) Victoria Russell and Alison Cronin weren’t the only additions. Veteran, Jodi Jensen, came back after a three year break from playing, during which she coached three very successful Calgary Belle AA teams. Dallas Robbins also rejoined the team after a three year break from playing. Returning to RATH are defensemen Abbey Hoes, Hope Boychuk, Tracy Lefebre, and Lindsay Veale. As well, forwards, Kailee Klemmensen, Tara Marquardt, and Robyn McNeil and centers, Stacy Johnson and Pam Lenz. Rounding out the team at 14 is lone goaltender Stacey McNichol.
The 2007 RATH is not just full of new faces, it is stacked with a new training program, new systems on and off the ice, and a renewed commitment to excellence. RATH works out every Saturday with trainers at the Talisman center and every Wednesday with long time ringette trainer, Jody Hicks. Practises are focused and intense and RATH brings a winning attitude to games.
Obviously change is good. Calgary’s record to date is six wins and two losses and boasts an incredible 54 goals for and a division leading 23 goals against. Calgary RATH was recently ranked fourth in the elite eight of the National Ringette League.
There have been big changes to Calgary RATH and the season is off to an incredible start.