As the Ottawa-based Carleton Ravens look towards building a team that can compete for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national title, a key component is third year forward Sadie Wegner. The 5’6” spitfire is tied with Victoria Gouge for the team lead in scoring with 12 points (on the strength of five goals and seven assists). Her best performance this season was a three-point effort in a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Gee Gees on November 18, 2012.
Her head coach at Carleton is Shelley Coolidge. In 1990, Coolidge tried out for the Canadian National Team that claimed the gold at the 1990 IIHF Women’s Worlds. “I believe my game is consistently improving no matter whom I am coached by," said Wegner. "The previous three years at Carleton coached by Shelley Coolidge has allowed me to take my game to the next level and play against some of the best female hockey players in Canada.”
A hard-working player with great speed, Wegner never gives up on a play. During a historic match against the cross-town rival Ottawa Gee-Gees on January 20 (in which Jessica O’Grady logged three shootout goals), Wegner provided one of the best plays of the season.
With the score tied at 2 apiece, Wegner streaked down the ice near the player’s benches. Despite being shadowed by a Gee Gees skater, Wegner released a shot near the boards on goaltender Cassie Seguin (who once played for Princeton).
Although Seguin made the save, she did not react quickly enough to grab the rebound. With no other players in site, Wegner dashed across the ice and tucked the rebound into the net to provide the Ravens with a 3-2 lead. Such perseverance and resiliency are key aspects in defining Wegner’s game.
“My speed and determination are definitely two major components of my game that I focus on a great deal,” stated Wegner. “I truly believe an athlete can always improve their speed and become faster and faster. For me there is definitely a will to become faster and exploit my speed throughout the game to increase my productivity on ice.”
Her work ethic was instilled in her at a young age by her family. “Growing up, I always got told by my dad, Mark, and Uncle Jeffrey, that there is no point in competing in a sport unless you are giving it 100 percent. My love and passion for the game of hockey allows my determination to almost come naturally. There are many different components included in the game of hockey, but I would agree and say speed and determination are two major parts of my game.”
In December 2013, the World Winter University Games will be held in Italy. The women’s hockey tournament is of great importance to the women of the CIS. The roster for the Canadian National Team is made up exclusively of CIS skaters.
As one of the fastest skaters in her division, and a tireless worker, Wegner must be considered as a possibility to don the Canadian maple leaf on her jersey. “It would mean that I am doing the right things on ice and off and devoting myself the way I want to. It would mean a lot to me to be a part of the World Winter University Games in December, and would be the highest accomplishment in my career if named to the team.”
A team-oriented player, Wegner is more concerned with team accomplishments than individual ones. “There are many moments that stand out for me, but one in particular is simply the feeling of winning any game and the sense of accomplishment it brings to me personally and as a team in general. It is the feeling when all the training and early mornings finally paid off.”
Like many athletes, the team has become a second family to her. “Out of all the teams I have played for in the past, Carleton is the closest, most passionate and united team I have been a part of. Every player looks out for each other and pushes one another,” commented Wegner.
“Our team is definitely like a family, whether we are all at the rink training, studying or just hanging out in spare time. The hockey team is definitely my second family and I can go to any teammate for help if needed.
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated