Samantha Holmes-Domagala

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Samantha Holmes-Domagala
Born (1977-06-23) June 23, 1977 (age 39)
Mississauga, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
WWHL team
New Hampshire Wildcats
Brampton Thunder
Strathmore Rockies
National team  Canada
Playing career 2000–2010
Samantha Holmes-Domagala
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Women's ice hockey
Four Nations Cup
Gold medal – first place 2000 United States Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2004 United States Tournament

Samantha Holmes (born June 23, 1977) played for the Canadian National women's ice hockey team from 2000 to 2005.[1] She is also the founder of the Strathmore Rockies ice hockey team.

Early life[edit]

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,[2] Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Playing career[edit]

As a member of the Team Ontario contingent for the 1995 Canada Winter Games, her teammates included Jayna Hefford and Sommer West.[3] 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.[4] During the 2000-01 NWHL season, she competed for the Brampton Thunder.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] In April 2011, Holmes joined the sponsorship division of the CWHL and manage the Alberta expansion team for the 2011-12 CWHL season.[8] In July 2012, she gave birth to a daughter.

Career stats[edit]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Event Games Goals Assists Points PIM
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
2007-08 Strathmore Rockies 22 5 4 9 16
2008-09 Strathmore Rockies 19 3 3 6 30
2009-10 Strathmore Rockies 13 5 3 8 16


Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team selection[10]


  1. ^ "Hockey Canada - All-Time Alphabetical Roster". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Welcome to". 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
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  6. ^ "Esso Canadian National Championships 2003". Ontario Women's Hockey Association. March 16, 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Calgary, The (2007-12-09). "Holmes keeps dreams alive". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Western Women's Hockey League (Design, Hosting, Registration & Administration tools by". 1977-06-23. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  10. ^ "New Hampshire". Retrieved 2010-10-03.