Local defenceman Alex McArthur is extremely excited to be able to compete on this ice once again this year. The Macdonald, Manitoba product is a member of the Dalhousie University program but unfortunately was only able to train last season due to COVID-19, however, she says that benefited her in some ways.

"I was still coming back from an injury at the beginning of the year," McArthur explains. "So, it was kind of great timing for us not to have a season because I hadn't skated in a while and was out of shape. It was nice to be able to get my skills and strength back during that time."

McArthur put up three points in 16 games in her one season at Dalhousie but she has always been a player who excels on the defensive end of the ice. The blueliner says she feels like she'll be able to perform at her best under their new head coach. McArthur adds the coach came in last year so they have only been able to practice so far in this new system.

"I'm excited to play some games under our new head coach," says McArthur. "We'll have quite a new roster and we'll be able to see how our team is. We're in a bit of a transition year and we're trying to really improve the program. It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out when we play some other teams."

McArthur is always striving to be the best and to help her team get as far as they possibly can, however, she has a little bit of an extra incentive this year. Her sister Paige is now playing in the same league but in the Ontario conference, so McArthur says the only way they could face off is if they both made it to the National Championship.

"That would be something interesting to play against her in a big tournament like that," McArthur explains. "We've never played against each other, it's always been with each other. So, it would be interesting for sure."

McArthur is really looking forward to applying the new skills she learned this past year into game action this season.