Four OHA female prep player secure hockey futures

Brielle Bellerive, Alyssa Erickson, Emily Clark and Celine Tardiff are going to college.

Okanagan Hockey Academy female prep players Brielle Bellerive, Alyssa Erickson, Emily Clark and Celine Tardiff are going to college.

The four have secured their futures with National Collegiate Athletic Association and Canadian Interuniversity Sport schools, the OHA announced Thursday.

Bellerive, 17, committed to the Clarkson Golden Knights, a prestigious NCAA program based in Potsdam, N.Y. The second year forward has 18 points in 26 games.

“When I came to OHA my goal was to get a Division 1 scholarship,” said Bellerive. “I couldn’t be more excited to become a Golden Knight next year. The OHA way will stay with me forever.”

Erickson, 17, committed to St. Cloud Huskies in Minnesota of the NCAA Division 1. Erickson has 18 points in 26 games.

“I could not be more excited to officially be a Huskie and start a new chapter in Minnesota,” said Erickson.

Clark, 17, was heavily recruited and after several trips to NCAA schools chose to secure her future with the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers are based in Madison, Wisconsin. Clark has been a key contributor offensively collecting 26 points in 25 games.

“I am beyond excited and honored to become a Badger and begin my new journey,” said Clark. “My memories at OHA will last a lifetime.”

Tardiff, 17, has been a steady presence on the blueline and will join the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in the CIS. Tardiff is a defensive defenseman who has four points in 26 games.

“I am honored to become a Thunderbird and attend this great university,” said said. “The memories made at OHA will stick with me throughout my life and I am so grateful for having been part of a growing tradition.”

Each player thanked their coaches Rebecca Russell and Gina Kingsbury for their support.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the girls. Their work and dedication put into achieving this goal has been remarkable and a pleasure to be a part of,” said Russell. “They have had a tremendous impact on the growth of our program through their dedication, loyalty and commitment. The four schools are very lucky to have these girls join them for the next four to five years. We are going to miss them greatly around here.”


Just Posted

2.5 years in Penticton courthouse over neighbour assault ends

Man pleaded guilty, withdrew, stood trial, pleaded guilty to assault described by Crown as ‘vicious’

Country star takes a dip for charity

Brett Kissel went for a dip in Okanagan Lake while in Penticton to raise money for Her International

Pursuit of Excellence defeats OHA in female prep hockey final

Okanagan Hockey Academy lost to Pursuit of Excellence 6-3 at the CSSHL final in Penticton

Oliver holds onto Wine Capital of Canada designation

It might be hard to swallow for other communities but Oliver remains Wine Capital of Canada

Carmi students start their day with Olympic inspiration

Brent Hayden, 2012 swimming bronze medalist, waded through Penticton and Summerland schools

What’s happening

Find out what events are taking place this weekend in the Okanagan and Shuswap

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Experts: Society has a role in trying to prevent domestic violence

Experts are speaking out following the murder of a woman and her son in Ontario

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

SAY WHAT? Readers weigh in on high-speed rail to U.S.

B.C. to contribute $300,000 to a million-dollar business study on the proposed project

Most Read