Female Central Plains Capitals' graduate Abbey Kramer is carrying on her hockey career in a new uniform. The Plumas, Manitoba product committed to playing for the Olds College Broncos next season.
Kramer played the first half of the season with the U18 female Neepawa Titans program but was brought back to the Central Plains program when they had a multitude of injuries. The forward was a part of the Capitals at the Bantam level and had found her way back in what she believes was fate.
"While I was playing with Neepawa, I was looking into Olds College already, not necessarily for hockey but just to go there. When I had a meeting with John (head coach John Ferg), he showed me some college teams that were still looking for players, Olds was at the top of that list," says Kramer. "I figured that was a sign and I took that opportunity."
Now knowing her situation for next season Kramer has big plans for the offseason in front of her.
"My goals are to keep focused, keep my strength up, and improve my agility," Kramer explains. "I can't take any days off."
Olds College will be getting a high energy player in Kramer who the Capitals say plays well in all three zones and never takes a shift off. The forward picked up an assist in 14 games with the Capitals this season and a goal through six games in Neepawa.
Kramer notes joining the Capitals mid-season makes her a lot more comfortable going into this new scenario.
"I met several new girls going to the Capitals mid-way through the year and built friendships with a lot of them," says Kramer. "When I go out to Olds, I will pretty much know nobody, so that was important."
The Plumas product adds her final season with the Capitals was an amazing send off.
"It was so much fun and I wouldn't have changed anything. I thoroughly enjoyed my years playing hockey with the Central Plains Capitals. Now, I'm looking forward to competing at a college level and furthering my education," Kramer continues. " I want to thank everybody with the organization, but John and Darren (assistant coach Darren Fraser) especially, for setting me up with this opportunity. I'm excited to see where the next chapter leads me."