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Aug. 28, 2018

TORONTO — An Aulds Cove native could soon be stepping on the ice with some of the best female players in the world.

Jennifer MacAskill was selected 29th overall by the Worcester Blades in the 2018 Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft over the weekend. The Mercyhurst University graduate, who was not in attendance at Sunday’s draft, was the first player taken in the sixth round.

MacAskill, who was recently hired as an assistant coach with Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., says the Blades should be a good fit.

"When it came down to it, speaking with the GM, we talked, and it worked out pretty well,” MacAskill said. "It was pretty exciting and a pretty cool process.”

It could be a busy year for MacAskill who will not only be working on her master’s degree in sports business management but also coaching full-time for the first time. She credits her experience as a team lead over the past five summers with Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program — a program she was a long-time member of as a player — for helping prepare her for the role.

(PHOTO: MacAskill was a long-time member of Hockey Nova Scotia's High Performance Program.)

“That got my foot in the door for sure and I think that’s one of the big reasons why I was offered this job,” MacAskill said. "So that experience was awesome for me."

MacAskill will look to balance that hectic schedule with a professional hockey career in Worcester where the Blades recently relocated after playing out of Boston since 2010. If she makes the team, she could soon be facing fellow Nova Scotians Jill Saulnier, now with Montreal’s Les Canadiennes, and the Calgary Inferno's Blayre Turnbull.

"It’s crazy growing up, looking up to those girls, and seeing the path that they’ve paved for Nova Scotians,” MacAskill said. “Now to be playing in the same league with them, it's pretty cool so I’m excited about that."

The Worcester Blades training camp will take place from Sept. 25-27 at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Jennifer MacAskill on her selection at the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Draft and wish her the best of luck as she continues her hockey career.

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