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Prince Albert's Brooke Hobson appears to have her future planned as she has verbally agreed to play hockey with the Northeastern Huskies out of Boston starting in the fall of 2017. Just finishing her Grade 9 school year, Hobson has been a standout on the ice in two seasons with the A&W Bears and gained plenty of attention last fall when she represented Saskatchewan at the national under-18 women's hockey championship at just 14 years of age.
Brooke Hobson is a Bear for now, but it won’t be long until she is a Huskie.
Having just turned 15 years old last month, Hobson has secured an opportunity to play hockey for the foreseeable future as she has verbally committed to playing with the Northeastern University women’s hockey team in Massachusetts starting in the fall of 2017.
“It’s kind of nice only being in Grade 9 and having a school picked,” admitted Brooke’s father Gord on Monday. “We contacted them and liked everything – the coaches, the school, the academics.”
“It was important to have the hockey part and the school part and blend the two together,” added the elder Hobson. “She’s guaranteed a scholarship there. Basically, it’s our word against theirs.”
NCAA rules do not permit colleges to sign athletes to scholarships until they are in their Grade 12 year, but more schools are doing their homework in advance so that they can be ready to sign elite players immediately when they become eligible.
The rules are also strict that potential players can’t comment publicly about possible future commitments and the schools, for obvious reasons, can’t be on record either or recruitment violations could be presented.
That scenario does not preclude parents from taking to the suitors, however, and Gord is comfortable with what has been presented.
Brooke caught the eye of the Northeastern University coaching staff while she was playing with Team Saskatchewan at the national under-18 female hockey championship in Calgary last November.
Despite being the youngest member of the provincial team, Hobson played a regular shift and was inserted in key situations throughout the tournament.
A gifted skater with a high hockey IQ, Hobson has progressed through the Prince Albert minor hockey system to where she joined the Midget AAA Bears at just 13 years of age.
In 54 games in the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League, Hobson has scored 20 goals and set up 14 others while also showing she is gritty by collecting 80 minutes in penalties.
Hobson also has played in 15 playoff games in her two seasons with the Bears where she has seven assists. Those numbers could have been higher if not for a rib injury she incurred while playing for Team Lakeland at the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert in February.
Hobson is not only a gifted hockey player and student, but she is also one of the premiere junior women’s golfers in the province having captured the last two provincial junior girl’s crowns and is looking for a three-peat when she heads to Nipawin next month.
Hobson will be spending as much time on the ice as she is on the golf course this summer as she strives to remain on the provincial women’s hockey team that will compete at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., next February.
With three more years of eligibility remaining for the Bears, Hobson will make the most of that time improving her skills and continuing to get noticed by the Hockey Canada program.
She already has caught the eye of an elite program and time will fly by fast enough before the Huskies come calling.