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Making her Mark on the Female Hockey World

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Swan River born Kaila Powell is adding new jerseys to her resume, as she gears up to play for two of the highest honours of her already stellar career.
Powell is no stranger to high achievements and success. She’s spent many years building a hockey career to be proud of. And, it isn’t slowing down anytime soon with big things on the horizon, she may be having her most successful season yet.
Most recently, the 17 year old has been selected to represent the province as part of the Manitoba Aboriginal team to play for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) in Whitehorse, Y.T. from May 6-12. The NAHC features 20 teams made up of elite female and male Aboriginal athletes from ages 15-18.
Prior however, she will also be representing the province as part of the U-18 Manitoba women’s hockey team and participate in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. from Feb. 15 to March 3.
“I’m just really looking forward to it,” said Powell.
The only Parkland athlete on either team, Powell is known as one of the more skilled defenders in the province at her age level and looks to be an asset to the team with her high energy play. The large crowds may bring nerves, but nothing Powell hasn’t already had to deal with. She has represented Manitoba when she attended the NAHC once before.
The schedule for the NAHC has yet to be posted, however it is confirmed that Powell and the rest of Team Manitoba will meet New Brunswick, Quebec, and Saskatchewan in their pool at the Canada games.
As with all high level athletes, Powell’s dreams and goals don’t end with the games. She already has her sights set on what happens when she returns home, and when the next hockey season begins.
Powell will gear up in a Cougars jersey as she recently signed to attend the University of Regina and will join the team’s blue line for the 2019-2020 season.
“I really liked the Regina program and it’s close to home,” she said. “Their faculty really stood out to me above the rest, especially their hockey team and coaching staff.”
Unsure of her degree path just yet, the young athlete will be taking introduction to science.
While her future looks brighter than ever, Powell still has a lot left to accomplish with the Pembina Valley Hawks, the team that’s been her home for the past three years, and currently sits in sixth place in the league.
“We have a good team,” she said. “All of our games have been close, there’s been no big blow outs this season.”
The 2017 Esso Cup Champion is currently in her last year in the Manitoba Female Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. Gaining 11 points in 19 games so far this season, she has made herself an unquestionable asset to their blueline.
So much so, that she was named captain for her final season in Morden.
“I was an assistant last year so I wasn’t sure who was going to get it,” said Powell. “I was very excited. I have a bigger role on the team now and I have to make sure everyone is happy and playing well.”
It’s a well deserved role as Powell has always pushed to strive more out of herself and her career and has made herself a role model amongst female players.
“I’m looked up to from all the younger players,” she said. “I shouldn’t have a bad game and need to get the team all together and make sure we’re playing as a team. I just have to make sure they know what to do in the future years to get where they want to get. It’s a big role but I like it a lot.”
After spending a week at home in the Valley for Christmas, Powell returned to Morden to help her team finish off the regular season.
“We get into playoffs here in about a month,” she said. “Hopefully we can bump ourselves up in the standings and have an easier time.”
It’s a well laid out plan for the present, near, and distant future, as Powell looks to expand her knowledge and play through the many stages of her life.
“We always need to aim high,” she said.
Powell would like to transfer her courses and return home to graduate after the hockey season concludes. However, transfering courses can be difficult, especially in Grade 12, and there’s no guarantee that she will collect her diploma on her home stage.
“We’re going to see how good my marks are and go from there,” she concluded.

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Jakki Lumax
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