Silver medals for Fraser Valley Rush at national Esso Cup U18 female hockey championship
Rush battled for nearly a week as Pacific region reps at the Hockey Canada-hosted tournament Fraser Valley Rush came close to winning an Esso Cup national championship but finished with silver medals. The U18 female hockey team lost 4-1 in the Cup final to Ontario’s Durham West Lightning on Sunday, May 22, in a game televised nationally on TSN. Loaded with Surrey-area players, the Langley-based Rush battled for nearly a week as Pacific region reps at the Hockey Canada-hosted Esso Cup in Okotoks, Alta. The Saturday semifinal saw the Rush win 3-1 over West region finalists Notre Dame Hounds, sending Fraser Valley to the Esso Cup final game the following day.
“I’m so happy for our group and proud of these girls,” said Rush player Vienna Rubin after the semifinal. Later, an Esso Cup tournament award went to Rubin, voted Top Forward. The six-team tourney also involved Prince Albert Bears (host), Northern Selects (Atlantic) and Remparts du Richelieu (Quebec). A special congratulations to the Fraser Valley Rush on a fantastic run this season, capped off by a Silver Medal in the #EssoCup Final last night! “A huge THANK YOU goes out to our parents, grandparents, siblings, alumni, former coaches, other teams and everyone else who supported us and cheered us on, not just today or this week but all season!” the team tweeted.
It’s been a record-setting season for the Rush, who in April won the Pacific region banner with a pair of close victories over the visiting Edmonton Pandas. Champs of the BC Elite Hockey League, the Rush is a “zone” team that draws players from Whistler to Hope. Fraser Valley had a significant number of 17-year-old players on its team last year. This was the third Esso Cup appearance for the Rush, formerly Fraser Valley Phantom.
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