Colleen Sostorics

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Colleen Sostorics
Colleen Sostorics
Born (1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 34)
Kennedy, SK, CAN
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
WWHL team Calgary Oval X-Treme
National team  Canada
Playing career 2000–2010

Colleen Sostorics (born December 17, 1979 in Kennedy, Saskatchewan) is a retired Canadian women's ice hockey defenseman. She has played extensively for Canada at the international level, including three Olympic gold medals (2002 in Turin, 2006 in Salt Lake City, and 2010 in Vancouver). At the Women's World Championships, Sostorics has helped Canada to three gold and three silver medals, and at the 4 Nations Cup, she has captured five gold medals and one silver medal. When not playing with Canada, she competes at the club level for the Calgary Oval X-Treme who now play in the Western Women's Hockey League (WWHL).

Playing career[edit]

Minor hockey[edit]

Colleen Sostorics began playing hockey in her hometown of Kennedy, Saskatchewan, on the local boys teams until the age of 17.[1] In 1996, she captained her boy's hockey team at the bantam level.[2] She played for Team Saskatchewan at the 1995 Canada Winter Games[3] and the 1997 National Under-18 Championship.[2]

University[edit]

After completing her minor hockey career in Saskatchewan, she accepted an offer to move to attend the University of Calgary, where she played for the women's hockey team. After the 1997–98 season, Sostorics was named to the All-Star Team after the Canada West Championship Tournament.[4] Calgary captured the bronze medal at this tournament.[5] She earned this honour again after the 1998–99 Canada West Championship Tournament.[6] Calgary captured the silver medal at the Canada West Tournament in 1998–99.[5] In addition to the Canada West honours, Sostorics was named a Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) All-Canadian after both the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons.[7] After the 1999–00 Canada West season, Sostorics was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star.[8]

Club team[edit]

She played for Alberta in the Esso National Women’s Championship and won the Abby Hoffman Cup in 2001, 2003 and 2007.

International[edit]

In 1999, Sostorics made her Team Canada debut with the Under-22 National Team at the 1999 Christmas Cup, winning a gold medal.[2] In 2000 and 2001, she continued to play with the Under-22 team, capturing gold medals at the Nations Cup tournament both years.[2] She served as team captain during the 2000-01 season.[1] Her performance at the Under-22 level earned her a spot on the Senior Women's National team for the 2001 World Women's Hockey Championship.[1] At this tournament, she contributed two goals and an assist as Canada won the gold medal.[2]

In 2002, Sostorics was named to Canada's team for the 2002 Winter Olympics, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the tournament, she contributed two assists as Canada took the gold medal. In 2004 and 2005, she also played at the World Championships, winning gold and silver medals respectively.[1][2]

On September 14, 2010, Hockey Canada announced that Sostorics, along with three other players retired from international hockey.[9]

Personal[edit]

Her parents names are Lanny and Jean. She has one brother, Mark.[2] After winning a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics, her hometown of Kennedy named a street after her.[2][10] She convocated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Calgary in 2004.[2]

During her youth, Sostorics competed in soccer and fastball in addition to playing hockey. In 1997, she won provincial championships in all three sports. She was named Most Valuable Player at provincial fastball tournaments in 1994 and 1995. Now, she plays rugby in addition to hockey. She won a national rugby championship with Team Alberta in 2003.[2]

Statistics[edit]

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada U22 9 1 2 3 8
2000 Canada U22 7 0 5 5 12
2001 Canada U22 4 1 0 1 0
2001 Canada WWC 5 2 1 3 2
2001 Canada 3NC 4 0 3 3 4
2002 Canada Olympics 5 0 2 2 4
2002 Canada 4NC 4 1 0 1 2
2003 Canada 4NC 4 0 1 1 2
2004 Canada WWC 5 1 1 2 2
2004 Canada 4NC 4 0 1 1 0
2005 Canada WWC 5 0 0 0 4
2002 Canada Olympics 5 0 2 2 4
2005 Canada Torino Ice 4 0 1 1 2
2006 Canada Olympics 4 0 1 1 2
2006 Canada 4NC 4 1 3 4 4
2007 Canada WWC 5 0 3 3 2
2007 Canada 4NC 4 1 1 2 8
2008 Canada WWC 5 0 2 2 10
2009 Canada WWC 5 1 1 2 2
2010 Canada Olympics 5 1 5 6 2
U22 int'l totals 20 2 8 10 10
Women's Senior Team int'l totals 119 11 41 52 92

Club team[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Calgary Oval X-Treme Alberta 17 3 7 10
2000–01 Calgary Oval X-Treme Alberta 17 4 6 10 4
2002–03 Calgary Oval X-Treme NWHL 16 5 13 18 32 1 1 1 2 0
2003–04 Calgary Oval X-Treme NWHL 6 5 5 10 2 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Calgary Oval X-Treme WWHL 16 7 16 23 28 3 2 1 3 0
2006–07 Calgary Oval X-Treme WWHL 20 15 21 36 31
2007–08 Calgary Oval X-Treme WWHL 19 9 17 26 8 3 1 0 1 4
2008–09 Calgary Oval X-Treme WWHL 22 7 18 25 6 2 2 1 3 0
Alberta Totals 34 7 13 20 4
NWHL Totals 22 10 18 28 34 3 1 1 2 0
WWHL Totals 77 38 72 110 73 8 5 2 7 4

Statistics Source[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Top Defender, 2003 Esso Women's Nationals[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Colleen Sostorics: Hockey". Slam Sports. 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Team Canada 4 Nations Cup Media Guide". Hockey Canada. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 164, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  4. ^ "Hockey, Women 1997-98" (pdf). Canada West. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Canada West Hockey Standings, Women" (pdf). Canada West. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Hockey, Women 1998-99" (pdf). Canada West. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  7. ^ "Player Profile - Colleen Sostorics". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  8. ^ Rothbauer, Kevin (2000-04-06). "How it all came down:a year in review". The Gauntlet. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Four vets retire from women's hockey team". Montreal Gazette. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Kennedy, Sask., lives and dies with team and hero". CTV. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  11. ^ "Calgary Oval X-Treme Team Statistics". Calgary Oval X-Treme. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  12. ^ "Team Alberta captures seventh national title". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 25 November 2010.