Cougars Captain Mariah McCue eyes on Finals

Mariah leading

Captain of the Assiniboine Cougars’ Women’s Hockey team Mariah McCue will lead the team on their 2019-20 Finals Campaign in March to defend their American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Championship title.

McCue who will graduate from Assiniboine’s Practical Nursing diploma program in June this year is in her third season with the team, her second as Captain.

“It’s an honour to have the ‘C’. I’m a bit of the team Mom, I have everything in my bag. I’m there if the girls need help with anything,” said McCue.

“Sometimes it’s a lot to balance, but I love it, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

McCue, like many players on the team, started playing hockey at five years old, initially as she tells it, to stand apart from her sisters.

“I wanted to be different from my sisters who figure skated, so my dad gave me hockey skates, and that was it.”

A key defender in the Cougars’ line up, McCue has always felt at home in the defensive zone working with fellow defenders and goalies to stem the opposition.

“I really enjoy working with the goalies. They can see the whole ice which allows them to provide advice and insight into how we can adjust our play.”

Mariah and Goalie

The Cougars’ line up experiences a higher rate of turnover than their university competitors due to many of Assiniboine’s student athletes only taking one to two years to complete their studies as opposed to other schools three and four year programs.

“I love how small and how supportive the school is. The team becomes so close during the season because of all the long road trips and the opportunities these give us to hang out and get to know one another.

“It’s family away from home,” she said.

With only a five league games left in the regular season, the Cougars have cemented their finals berth travelling through the regular ACHA season with an almost perfect scorecard of 15-0-0.

Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Cougars at their next home game at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, against North Dakota State University at the Brandon Sportsplex.