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Shamrocks Blueliner Ashlee Hirschfield Commits to University of Lethbridge

Monday, February 12, 2018, 11:21AM

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – With their 2017-18 season coming to an end, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn women's hockey program and head coach Michelle Janus recently announced their first member of the 2018-19 recruit class with the signing of Boston Shamrocks senior blueliner Ashlee Hirschfield.

The University of Lethbridge Women's Hockey team competes in the Canada West Conference in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).  The Pronghorns could potentially return their entire 2017-18 roster next season, as the team didn't have a fifth-year senior this season, but will be looking to create competition at all positions for training camp next year.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to athletic excellence. Its combination of state-of-the-art facilities, highly accredited coaching and athlete-centered resources allows their student athletes to maximize their athletic potentials. More than $40-million has been invested in campus athletic facilities, providing the best resources for athletes to train and practice their competitive pursuits year round. Its student body is a renowned supporter of Pronghorns Athletics and a definite home ice advantage.

In 24 games this season with the Shamrocks, the 5-foot-8 Stoney Mountain, Manitoba product, Hirschfield has recorded seven goals and eight assists in 15 games in Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) action.  

"Ashlee has grown as a player over the last two seasons to take more initiative and dictate the play on and off the puck," said Pronghorn head coach Janus. She has strong leadership abilities which will transfer well into our program here in Lethbridge."

"Ashlee's strongest asset is her hockey sense; her ability to support the puck in all zones, decision making with the puck and her positioning off the puck, sets the team up for success.  [Her] skill set and hockey sense will complement our current defensemen and bring additional leadership to our back end," continued Janus.