The Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft made history when 16-year-old goalie Taya Currie was the first female to be selected.
She was chosen 267th overall by the Sarnia Sting.
Currie, who is from Parkhill, has played with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AAA boys’ team since she was in minor-atom. She is considered one of Alliance Hockey’s top goaltenders and has been praised by OHL scouts for her athleticism.
“She deserves it out of anyone,” Noah VandenBrink, a forward who has played alongside Currie, recently told The London Free Press. “She works for it and she’s one of the better goalies in the (Alliance) league. It’s crazy to me to think she has made it this far and been so dominant.”
In elite divisions of minor hockey, playing with the boys in smaller communities is not unusual, though most call it quits at ages 13 or 14.
“We’re a pretty close team and I wanted to play the most competitive hockey I can,” Currie told The Press. “In bantam, all the girls I played against switched over, but I wanted to try something different.”
She didn’t get to play the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.