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Tommies Byers not sellers with new recruits
Aislynn Byers of Dundalk, ON and Brooklyn Whitford of Nepean, ON are the two latest editions to the defending AUS Champion Tommies’ roster for the upcoming season.
Byers is a defender who played the past two seasons with the Oakville Hornets of the PWHL. She scored 4 goals and 8 assists over 74 games with 34 penalty minutes.
Coach Murphy sees a big upside to the incoming blueliner.
“Aislynn impressed me in her grade 11 year and I was very pleased to be able to recruit her to our program. She already does many little things well and has great on ice awareness, a quality first pass and overall agility. All of these and her willingness to improve will help her at the next level.”
Byers sees St. Thomas as a great fit for her future. “After meeting the team I felt very much at home and liked St. Thomas because of its small town environment and their excellent Bachelor of Education program.”
Also committing to don the Green and Gold is 5’ 6” forward, Brooklyn Whitford, of the Ottawa Lady Senators in the PWHL.
Brooklyn scored 5 goals and 3 assists this season with 20 penalty minutes. The quick forward caught Murphy’s eye last season and he followed her progress with the Senators.
“Brooklyn has speed and tenacity on the puck which fits into our system of play very well. Beyond that. we will look for her to use her strong heads-up play to add to her ability to generate offense. She is a great character player who is very coachable and will only get better in her time with us.”
For her part, Brooklyn sees this as a great opportunity both academically and athletically. “St. Thomas has a great Criminology program and I'm thrilled to further my education. I also feel St. Thomas will give me the best opportunity to develop as a person and an athlete.”
Brooklyn will also be continuing a family legacy as her father Brandon Whitford played for the men’s Tommies.
The Tommies graduated seven players from their current roster and are looking to reload heading into this season.
Byers and Whitford join previously announced recruits, Erin Arsenault (Burlington, ON), Emma Wilson (Midhurst, ON), Stephanie Goertzen (Brampton, ON), and Natania King (Sudbury, ON).