Caitlin MacDonald has had a semester full of big moments and great honours.
First, she was named to Canada’s
Universiade women’s hockey team, and then she was named alternate captain of the
University of Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team. Now, she has been named alternate captain for the Universiade team as well.
"It’s a huge honour for sure," said MacDonald after being named captain of the Universiade team. "One I’m not sure I deserve, but I’ll do the best that I can."
The 2013 Winter Universiade tournament in Trentino, Italy started Dec. 10 for the Canadian team, which played its first game against Spain.
Howie Draper, coach of the Team Canada Universiade team, said coaches picked the four captains based on experience and after consulting their current coaches.
"The selection of these four captains was not easy. All of the other 16 players on Team Canada currently lead their respective university teams and would have been able to do the same for us in Trentino," said Draper, bench boss of the University of Alberta Pandas, in a press release. "Our staff discussed these four as strong candidates given their experience in the league and the respect that the opposing teams in their conferences have for them."
MacDonald flew to Italy on Dec. 7. When she arrived she met, for the first time, the 17 girls she is supposed to help lead.
MacDonald only knew one other girl, Tatiana Rafter, from University of British Columbia, because they played together at Balmoral Hall School.
"I only know one of the people," MacDonald said.
She would have met this year’s team captain, Kim Deschênes, at the 2011 Universiade tournament in Turkey had MacDonald not been injured.
Because MacDonald doesn’t know all of her teammates, she just plans on being herself when she gets to Italy.
"I think just playing the best as I can, and leading by example, and not trying to do
anything that I don’t normally do," MacDonald said. "I’ll just try to play the best that I can."