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Spotlight Athletes of the Week: Meet the Harvard Girls

August 21st, 2015

This week is a double athlete spotlight on two of Hockey Canada’s and Harvard Crimson’s young phenoms, Karly Heffernan and Emerance Maschmeyer.

Karly is by far one of the most dedicated athletes at Premier Strength, rarely missing a workout and always coming in early to shoot pucks before training. A hard worker, Karly pushes herself every workout and demands the best from herself in each set. Not known to take a day off, when not at the Shamrock, Karly is either on the ice or out for a run, constantly trying to make herself better.

On the ice Karly has emerged as one of the bright talents for Team Canada’s National Women’s Hockey program. Having won back to back gold medals with the U-18 Canadian team, she scored the game winning goal, in last year’s U-18 World Championships. This past season was Karly’s first season wearing the Harvard Crimson, finishing the year with 20 points, a Beanpot Championship and a trip to the Frozen Four. Her drive and work ethic has developed Karly into one of the top forwards in the Canadian system, and her National team future is bright.

Having trained at Premier Strength for the past four years, Emerance pushes herself to get the best out of every workout. Emerance’s strong attention to detail has helped her to develop great training technique. A hard worker in the gym and on the ice, Emerance is a tough competitor, never thinking twice before stepping in front of NHL slap shot.

Being no stranger to competing with the boys, Emerance has followed in the path of former Premier Strength athlete and two time Olympic Gold Medallist Shannon Szabados, competing in the Brick Minor Hockey Tournament, playing the AJHL and stoning our Pros in the Premier Strength summer skates. Going into her fourth year with Harvard, Emerance has emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the collegiate program. She was named to the Team Canada 4 Nations cup squad last year and this past season made her debut on the National Women’s World Championship team who won silver this past April in Sweden. In the inaugural National Women’s Hockey League draft, Emerance was selected 7th overall by the Boston Pride.

Premier Strength is very proud of the athletes the girls have become and wish them the best of luck in the final two games of their Team Canada U22 tournament against the United States this week in Lake Placid, New York!

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