One of the elite superstars in NCAA women’s hockey (and one of the favorites for the Patty Kazmaier Award), Jamie Lee Rattray returned home to the Ottawa area during the NCAA holiday break. With her former team, the PWHL Ottawa Senators, hosting their crosstown rival Nepean Wildcats in the first annual Do It for Daron contest, Rattray was one of several Senators alumni in attendance for the historic event.
Do It for Daron honors the life of former women’s hockey player Daron Richardson. Her father was 21-year NHL veteran (and former PWHL Ottawa head coach) Luke Richardson. Morgan Richardson, Daron’s sister—in her freshman year with the Cornell Big Red—and her mother, Stephanie, were both in attendance.
Being part of the group of PWHL alumni in attendance for this contest was a source of great happiness for Rattray:
“This is pretty amazing! To see the girls that I played with. Girls that I won a championship with. I will never forget these teammates.”
The impact of DIFD in the Ottawa area is something that Rattray is very proud of:
“It’s amazing. On a whole, it has become so big. My personal link to DIFD is amazing.”
In addition, the capacity crowd also made an impression on Rattray:
“I love to see the people here and the great crowd support.”
With the first half of the 2012-13 NCAA season on the books, Rattray is extremely proud of Clarkson’s No. 2 ranking in the national polls:
“It is kind of crazy, surreal. I do not know how to take it. I just hope we can keep it going in the second half!”
Through the first half of the campaign, Rattray has accumulated 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in only 18 contests. Her start was highlighted by a remarkable 11-game point-scoring streak, including three consecutive games (October 12-13 versus Vermont, October 19 against Mercyhurst) in which she recorded three points in each contest. Her final game of the first half was her best yet with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in a December 8 road contest versus the Syracuse Orange.
One of Rattray's new teammates with the Clarkson Golden Knights is Erin Ambrose. The two played together once before at the 2010 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships, where Canada claimed gold for the first time.
“To play with Erin is pretty special," Rattray added. "We kind of rally around her on the back end. Ambrose starts it all, and she makes the forwards' jobs a lot easier.”
As part of that historic 2010 gold medal U18 squad, Rattray was immortalized on a trading card. She is featured in Upper Deck’s 2011 World of Sports card collection on card number 164. (Her other teammates from that historic U18 team also have their own card).
“It is pretty cool. I did not know about it until a little while ago. It is cool to share it with everyone, although I think my mom bought them all,” joked Rattray. “It is neat to have that memory.”
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated