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Former Cap in Quebec for U-18 Nationals

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Paige McArthur started her hockey career with PMHA and now plays for Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, BC. She's playing with Team Manitoba at the U-18 National Championship. (Supplied Photo)

Paige McArthur started her hockey career with PMHA and now plays for Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, BC. She's playing with Team Manitoba at the U-18 National Championship. (Supplied Photo)

A former Cap is competing for a national championship.

Paige McArthur, a Portage Minor Hockey Association and Central Plains Capital product, is representing Team Manitoba at the 2017 National Women's U-18 Championship in Quebec City, Que.

“It's been an incredible experience so far,” says McArthur. “I think I got picked because of how fast I can skate, and how well I see the ice. There are a lot of good players out here and it's really awesome to be a part of it.”

The 16-year-old has spent the past two seasons attending Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna, B.C. – a highly regarded prep school which focuses on promoting long-term development in athletes. McArthur is hoping to make an impact on Team Manitoba playing against teams made up of the best female hockey players from across Canada born in 2000 or later. She grew up playing in PMHA system and played her final year in Portage with the bantam female Caps.

“What challenged me most growing up was playing with the boys,” she laughs. “They always made me work so much harder. It's not that I'm not working hard now, it was just something about playing with the guys that made it tougher. I also owe a lot to my parents and grandparents for helping get to where I am.”

McArthur currently has 0 points in three games with two penalty minutes. The tournament is underway right now and Manitoba currently sits 0-3. The finals are set for Sunday.



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