Brown WWHL goalie of the year

Piper second in league scoring

The Western Women’s Hockey League, the premier women’s hockey league in the world, had some local flavour at its league banquet March 8.

Keely Brown, daughter of Lurgan Beach’s Doug and Bobbie Brown, was named the WWHL’s goaltender of the year. Brown, who suits up for the Edmonton Chimos, went 8-4 with a 3.17 GAA.

Keely Brown with her top netminder award at the WWHL banquet March 7 in Calgary. (submitted photo)

“It’s a nice honour,” she said Friday afternoon. “Guess I’m not getting that old after all.”

The Chimos were defeated 4-0 in the league semi-finals by the Minnesota Whitecaps, who went on to beat Calgary 2-0 in the WWHL championship.

“It was a fun hockey season,” she said from Edmonton, where she is the Director of Administration and General Counsel for the Edmonton Oilers and the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings. “It seemed like we were pretty close in the mix, especially considering all the U.S. National Team members Minnesota brought with them.”

Brown was named player of the game for her efforts in a 4-0 semi-final loss to the Minnesota Whitecaps, who went on to win the WWHL championship. The Chimos were outshot 49-13, scoring the fourth goal with Brown pulled for an extra attacker.

Minnesota went on defeat Cherie Piper’s Calgary Oval X-Treme 2-0 in the WWHL championship game.

The Chimos finished the season in third, behind Calgary and the Whitecaps with a 14-10 record.

Brown is now training for the Ringette National Championships, held in Prince Edward Island in early April.

“The plan is to go to the Roller Hockey Worlds in Italy in the last week of June or the first week of July.”

Brown is fitting everything to a busy work schedule, as the WHL Oil Kings look to clinch a playoff spot and the Oilers have purchased a baseball team in the Golden Baseball League, which she is helping to get up and running.

Meanwhile, Minnesota and Calgary both advance to the Eastern Championships, held in Kingston this year.

Piper, the sister of Kincardine’s Steve Piper, finished second in league scoring with 15 goals and 22 assists in 21 games. The two-time Olympic gold medal winner finished only behind Calgary teammate Gina Kingsbury in the points race. Kingsbury put up 54 points in 21 games this season.