In an unprecedented fashion, the Pittsburgh Penguin Elite Girls won the Mid American District Championships and are sending 3 of their 4 Tier 1 Girls teams (u12, u14 and u19) to the USA Hockey National Championships in Boston, MA and they are joined by their Tier 2 u19 Team, the Steel City Selects who will compete at Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
The Mid American Districts were held last weekend and all teams advancing went undefeated in their action, so they are looking forward to competing in Boston and Dallas at the end of March. Only 12 teams in each age group/level are represented at the USA Hockey National Championships each year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Girls program is the only girls’ program in the Mid American District (KY, IN, WV, OH and Western PA) that offers competitive teams for girls from u10 up to u19. There are currently 2 PPE graduates playing NCAA D1 hockey, 3 playing NCAA D3 and 7 that are committed D1 for the 2012-13 season including Penn State University, Robert Morris University, the University of Maine and Cornell University.
2012 Graduate Ashley Vesci (scholarship to Robert Morris University) said it best when she was recently interviewed, “I would advise girls to never give up in the face of adversity. Although it may seem as though a future in hockey as a female player is unrealistic, that is not accurate. It may not be realistic for girls to play in the NHL but that does not mean that you cannot accomplish something great through the sport. Hockey has opened up a whole new world to me and provided me with opportunities that I never thought I would have. I have made great friends and memories along the way.”
Thanks to the support of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Girls Hockey program is allowing girls to follow their dreams to play in college and beyond!