June 23, 1977 |
Mississauga, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)|
|New Hampshire Wildcats
|Competitor for Canada|
|Women's ice hockey|
|Four Nations Cup|
|Gold||2000 United States||Tournament|
|Gold||2004 United States||Tournament|
As a child, Samantha Holmes-Domagala attended the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Upon her arrival, she was disappointed to learn that there would not be a women’s hockey tournament. After the games, she became involved in activism, beginning a letter writing campaign to get women involved in ice hockey. She wrote to her local newspaper, Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
As a member of the Team Ontario contingent for the 1995 Canada Winter Games, her teammates included Jayna Hefford and Sommer West. Holmes played NCAA hockey for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey program. On January 19, 2000, the Wildcats played an exhibition game against the United States national women's team. Although the Wildcats lost 8–2, Holmes scored both goals for the Wildcats. During the 2000-01 NWHL season, she competed for the Brampton Thunder.
She moved to Calgary in June 2002 and played hockey for the Calgary Oval X-Treme. She competed in two international tournaments for her country, but never participated in the Olympics. Holmes played for the X-Treme when they competed in the 2003 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship (held on March 16, 2003). Holmes scored two goals to secure a 6–3 win for the X-Treme and the Abby Hoffman Cup.
After she left the Oval X-Treme, she formed her own team. Her team was the Strathmore Rockies and they joined the Western Women's Hockey League. The idea stemmed from the fact that there were many elite hockey players in Calgary, but not all of them had the opportunity to play for the Oval X-Treme. Holmes also handled the day-to-day tasks of running the Strathmore team. Part of her accomplishments included player scouting, sponsorship and marketing campaigns to operate the team. She is also captain of the Rockies and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
Holmes runs local skills clinics in Calgary for young women's players. In April 2011, Holmes joined the sponsorship division of the CWHL and manage the Alberta expansion team for the 2011-12 CWHL season. In July 2012, she gave birth to a daughter.
|2000 Four Nations Cup||4||0||2||2||12|
|2004 Four Nations Cup||4||0||0||0||10|
|2004 National Women's Festival||2||3||0||3||2|
|Year||Team||Games played||Goals||Assists||Points||Penalty Minutes|
Awards and honors
- 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team selection
- "Hockey Canada - All-Time Alphabetical Roster". Hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Peter Puck’s Big Book of Ice Hockey: Fascinating Facts for Hockey Fans of all Ages, p.95, Brian MacFarlane, 2010, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-351-5
- "Welcome to collegehockeystats.com". Collegehockeystats.net. 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- "Esso Canadian National Championships 2003". Ontario Women's Hockey Association. March 16, 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- Calgary, The (2007-12-09). "Holmes keeps dreams alive". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- "Western Women's Hockey League (Design, Hosting, Registration & Administration tools by esportsdeskpro.com)". Westernwomenshockeyleague.com. 1977-06-23. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- "New Hampshire". Unhwildcats.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03.