By Thomas Becker
Much like how her sister, Sarah, made an impact with the St. FX X-Women, Sophie Bujold is hoping to do the same with the UPEI Panthers.
Bujold's hockey resumé is easy to get excited about, as she's a proven scoring threat. In the last two seasons with the Mount Academy Saints, the 18-year-old compiled 102 points in 95 games. It's no wonder head coach Bruce Donaldson and his top brass decided to pursue the skilled forward.
"Sophie is very creative with her game, she sees the ice very well and has the ability to finish off plays," Donaldson said. "Fans will enjoy watching her. She has a mature style of play which will add nicely to our overall skill level."
Last season, the Panthers built a successful 20-win program with depth and versatility. They accomplished a lot by committee, as seven players had at least 15 points and Donaldson believes the rookie fits the mold perfectly. It also doesn't hurt that she has a competitive edge about her at both ends of the ice.
"Having a player like Sophie gives us more depth throughout our lineup and allows us to make changes depending on who we're playing against."
During her time with the Mount Academy, Bujold felt a connection with P.E.I. and how it's become her second home. And when UPEI knocked on her door, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to lace those skates up for another Island-based team that also happens to be an AUS contender.
"I have made many good friends on the Island already and I know I'll feel at home right away," said the Riverview, NB native. "With UPEI's coaching, teammates, support staff, and facilities, it will give me a great opportunity to develop and grow as a player."
The decision to step out of her sister's shadow and try to accomplish something special with her own team also made UPEI even more appealing.
"I look up to my sister Sarah who had a strong career in the AUS, but I hope to make my own impact as a strong team player for UPEI," she said. "I'm focussed on improving my game and giving my best effort each night."