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"Representing Crowsnest Pass is going to be an incredible experience."
- Mackenzie  


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Local goalie Mackenzie Fairbrother-Skinner (front row left) and her teammates from the Lethbridge Bantam AAA Female Hurricanes have all made the cut to represent the Sunny South Zone at the Alberta Winter Games in Spruce Grove from February 9th to 12th.
Local minor hockey player Mackenzie Fairbrother-Skinner was recently selected as one of 20 players who will represent the region at the Alberta Winter Games in Spruce Grove from February 9th to 12th.
Fairbrother-Skinner will be the starting goaltender for the Sunny South Zone 1 team, which is comprised of the 17 players from the Lethbridge Bantam AAA Female Hurricanes team (including Pincher Creek forward Claudia Higginbotham) and three additional players selected for the team at a recent tryout camp.
Fairbrother-Skinner said she is looking forward to playing with her team and representing the region.
“I am really happy that I made the U16 team and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said the 12-year-old Grade 7 student.
“It’s an honour to be competing at this level and representing the Crowsnest Pass is going to be an incredible experience.”
The former Crowsnest Pass Thunder PeeWee A player has been playing with the Hurricanes - a regional team comprised of the best female bantam players from Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Vulcan and other Southern Alberta rural communities – since September, when she was selected as starting goalie out of five goalies who tried out.
The youngest player on her team, Fairbrother-Skinner practices twice a week in Vauxhall and Lethbridge with the Hurricanes, who have a record of three wins, 11 losses and four ties this season.
“We seem to have trouble scoring in close games – a few more goals here and there and our record would be a lot better,” she said, adding that female hockey is more of a technical than a physical game.
“But we have improved since the beginning of the season.”

She added that the bantam team recently competed in a tournament in Kalispell, Mont. against older midget teams, coming in third place with one loss, one tie and two wins.
“I have enjoyed playing with the Hurricanes very much and calling them my team makes me proud,” she said.
“I have been able to meet a lot of new female hockey players that have become really good friends.”
Fairbrother-Skinner’s mother, Natalie Fairbrother-Skinner said she is proud of how her daughter has played this year and that she deserves her spot on the Winter Games team.
“I feel that all of her hard work and dedication has most certainly paid off,” she said, adding that it is very impressive that the 12-year-old will be playing against 16-year-olds.
“The shots that she will be up against will only strengthen her and make her a better goaltender.”
“To have Mackenzie representing the Crowsnest Pass is quite an honour as well – this is quite an accomplishment for anyone, never mind a girl from a small town,” she said.
“We are quite excited for her and will continue to support her dreams – this is already one step closer.”
Sunny South will be one of eight zone teams competing at the Alberta Winter Games, which is the first stage of the Team Alberta Female program and occurs every two years opposite the Team Alberta Challenge.
The tournament leads to the selection of 60 athletes to attend the Team Alberta U16 Female summer development camp, from which athletes are identified to continue to the Team Alberta U18 program.
Close to 600 athletes tried out at eight different zone camps in December, with 20 players being selected to represent their zone from each.
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