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Jan. 29, 2019

DARTMOUTH — A pair of Bantam-aged female players from Nova Scotia are off to Calgary next month to represent the province at an international event. 

Antigonish’s Mary-Beth Brophy and Hammonds Plains native Emma Bellefontaine have been selected by Hockey Nova Scotia’s Female Council to participate in the 2019 IIHF Global Girls’ Game. 

Brophy, 13, plays defence with her Female Bantam A team from the Quad Counties Female Hockey Zone while Bellefontaine, also 13, plays up front and on the back end for her Bantam A team out of the Metro West Force Female Hockey Association. 

(PHOTO: Bellefontaine, left, and Brophy.

The players were chosen after submitting essays to their local Female Council regional director. 

“I play every game with teamwork as my focus, knowing that assists are better than goals, hard work can beat talent, and that honesty and respect on and off the ice makes me the best player and person that I can be,” Brophy wrote in her essay. 

“I started hockey later than some other players, but every minute I have on the ice I look at as an opportunity for development,” Bellefontaine wrote. 

“I listen closely to tips from coaches and other players and I always put in 110% and I never stop trying. I promise to represent Metro West Force and Hockey Nova Scotia in a positive and respectful way.” 

The 2019 Global Girls’ Game is a celebration of female hockey that connects hockey-playing nations around the world. Over two and a half days in February, girls from hockey federations in 40 countries across six continents will become united as teammates. 

The Canadian instalment of the 2019 IIHF Global Girls’ Game will get underway on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Calgary, Alta. and will feature 40 girls from Hockey Canada’s provincial branches. 

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Emma and Mary-Beth on their selections and wish them the best of luck at the event next month.

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