The game of hockey is all about being the last team standing, however, being recognized as an individual is always gratifying.
Even though her team didn't end the season the way she hoped, Elm Creek's Corinne Schroeder received a couple of individual accolades to commemorate her first season in the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF).
Schroeder was named the league's Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year in a season where she had a 19-1-1 record for the Boston Pride.
"It was amazing. I was so happy to be selected for those honours," says Schroeder. "Just to have had such an amazing first season in this league, it's truly a great one, and I'm so thankful for it."
The goaltender broke numerous league records, including regular season wins, shutouts (seven), and total saves (761). Schroeder led the league in goals-against-average and save percentage and had six games where she stopped at least 40 shots.
She says it's hard to pick which one means more.
"They both have their perks. Goalie of the Year, that's really amazing. Comparing myself to all the other goalies in our league. There were a lot of good candidates for that award. It's an honour to be compared to my peers in that way," Schroeder explains. "Rookie of the Year, I'm compared to the players, as well. Not just goalies. It expands past some of the more technical things that goalies can be judged on. It's nice to be selected for both of those awards because they mean a lot to me."
Corinne Schroeder are you serious?! 😲 pic.twitter.com/IGJi917837— PHF (@PHF) December 18, 2022
Despite finishing the season at the top of the standings, the Pride were upset in the playoffs by the Minnesota Whitecaps. Minnesota swept Boston 2-0 in the best-of-three series.
"We had such a talented team this year but by the end, we couldn't string together a couple of extra good games, which was unfortunate. We said it after Game 1, it's hard to beat a team five times in a row. We had won all four against Minnesota throughout the season," Schroeder continues. "From there, they had some momentum, and we just weren't able to pull it off. It was very unfortunate to end the season that way but there's still a lot we have to be proud of from the season as a whole."
Schroeder talks about what she will be proud of when she looks back on her 2022-23 campaign.
"I'm very proud of, not only my performance, but also my development throughout the entire season. I feel that I got a lot better with the consistency of my play. There weren't a whole lot of games where I can look back and say, 'That's one I'd like to redo.' I feel like I always put forth a solid performance. Some days were better than others, obviously, but overall, there's not much I would take back."
The Elm Creek product couldn't come to terms on a contract agreement with Boston and has signed with the Montreal Force for 2023-24.
BREAKING: Per @DRiceHockey Corinne Schroeder is signing with MTL— PHF Report (@PhfReport) April 20, 2023
Schroeder started her professional career with one of the best seasons ever had in the PHF, and she now looks to follow it up with an even better one. For more on Schroeder's record-breaking season, click on the related story below.