2023 esso cup northern selects

Road to the 2023 Esso Cup: Northern Selects

After another successful regular season, the Atlantic Region champions are ready to return to the national stage at the Esso Cup

Shannon Coulter
April 18, 2023

When the Northern Selects met last summer ahead of the 2022-23 season, they had one goal in mind: to return to the Esso Cup.

That goal was officially accomplished after an undefeated record at the Atlantic Regional, and now the Selects are ready to compete for a national title again. With 12 players back from last year’s team, the team continues to be a defensibly responsible group that plays as a unit for each other, but with offensive dynamo Sara Stewart now making waves at Colgate University, Northern’s scoring comes from up and down the lineup.

“I think we [have a] fairly similar identity, we’re going to be hard to play against, hopefully hard to score on, and try and capitalize on our opportunities when they present themselves,” says head coach Craig Clarke. “Our captain (Bree MacPherson) is on defence, and her and Sarah Fraser are just absolutely beasts back there. They lead on the back end and our goalies are both really good.”

The Selects had another successful regular season, only dropping one game in the Maritime Major Female Hockey League. The team travelled to Brampton to play in the 2 Nations Cup to play seven tough games in three days against the best teams in Canada and the United States. After a thrilling shootout victory in the final, the Selects beat the Sudbury Lady Wolves to be crowned champions.

“It was really good hockey in a short period of time,” he says. “I’m almost positive nobody east of Quebec has ever won that tournament.”

Last year, the Selects went 2-3 in the preliminary round—two of those losses coming in overtime—before being blanked 4-0 by the eventual national champion Durham West Lightning in the semifinals. With Nova Scotia taking silver at the Canada Winter Games in February, the Selects are hoping to make an impact again on the national stage.

“We are not just showing up here to play five hockey games and be satisfied with that,” Clarke says. “Our goal is to do as well as we possibly can there.”


Maritime Major Female Hockey League
Nova Scotia semifinal: defeated Cape Breton Lynx 3-1 (3-4, 2-1, 5-4, 5-3)
Nova Scotia final: defeated Halifax Western Capitals 3-0 (3-2, 3-2, 2-1)

Atlantic Regional
Preliminary round: 4-0-0 – first place (defeated Eastern Stars 5-1, defeated Western Flames 5-1, defeated Cape Breton Lynx 5-1, defeated Tri-Pen Ice 4-2)
Championship: defeated Western Flames 5-0


Record (W-L-T): 21-1-2 (1st in MMFHL)
Goals for: 112 (1st in MMFHL)
Goals against: 18 (1st in MMFHL)
Longest winning streak: 12 (Sept. 10-Nov. 13)
Top 3 scorers:
- Kendall Doiron – 18G 13A 31P (7th in MMFHL)
- Olivia Marks – 16G 14A 30P (9th in MMFHL)
- Brooke Thomson – 8G 14A 22P (18th in MMFHL)


Record: 11-1
Goals for: 47
Goals against: 22
Top 3 scorers:
- Kendall Doiron – 9G 7A 16P
- Mackenzie Greencorn – 7G 3A 10P
- Olivia Marks – 3G 7A 10P


2022 – Northern Selects | fourth place | 2-3 | 14GF 12GA
2018 – Northern Selects | fifth place | 1-4 | 12GF 19GA


athletic goaltender … very poised and calm in net, not easily rattled … MVP at the Atlantic Regional

dynamically skilled player … led team in scoring … up-and-coming player at only 14 years old

team captain … incredibly fast … led league in points by a defender … plays heavy minutes with Sarah Fraser


Sarah Fraser – University of Prince Edward Island
Julia MacDonald – Ontario Tech University
Bree MacPherson – St. Francis Xavier University
Brooke Thomson – University of Prince Edward Island

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

2023 U18 Nationals: Saturday, November 11 (Medal Games)
Ontario Red won a 13th U18 Nationals gold in Dawson Creek
2023 U18 Nationals: Friday, November 10 (Semifinals & Placement)
Ontario Red and Quebec will play for U18 Nationals gold in Dawson Creek.
2023 U18 Nationals: Thursday, November 9 (Quarterfinals)
Alberta, B.C., Ontario Red and Quebec advanced to the semifinals in Dawson Creek.
2023 U18 Nationals: Tuesday, November 7 (Preliminary)
Ontario Red and Quebec finish the preliminary round undefeated in Dawson Creek.