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Meet the Pandas! Part 2

The University of Alberta Pandas won their conference and made the playoffs! Let's celebrate their success by getting to know some more of their players!

The University of Alberta Pandas are the highest level of women's hockey found in Edmonton, but they're also a team which is quite mysterious. Outside of the University, there's little information about the team. Copper and Blue is thrilled to have a chance to let more people know about this hidden gem; as the series continues this weekend, here is an opportunity to get to know some fantastic hockey players!

Houston

Name: Tess Houston
Position: Forward
Height:5'2"
Eligibility: 5th Year
Jersey Number: 8
If you have a nickname, what is it? Some people call me T or Houie
What has been your favourite class at University? My final practicum on unit 310 at the Orthopedic Surgery Centre
Who is your favourite athlete? Sam Gagner and Jamie Benn
What is something that people probably don't know about you? I love going to punk shows (especially moneen)
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? Scootering and playing tennis
What's one element of your career of which you're proud?
I am proud that I will graduate with a bachelors of nursing while being a varsity athlete

Dillion


Name: Cayle Dillion
Position: Defense
Height: 5'6"
Eligibility: 1st Year
Jersey Number: 10
If you have a nickname, what is it? I don't have one
What has been your favourite class at University? An RLS course about leisure
Who is your favourite athlete? Jordan Eberle
What is something that people probably don't know about you? Growing up I have played almost all sports. My favorite sport besides hockey would be volleyball.
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? I'm not sure I have one.
What's one element of your career of which you're proud? Becoming a Panda and represented the U of A through hockey.

Helfrich

Name: Amy Helfrich
Position: Forward
Height: 5'1"
Eligibility: 5th Year
Jersey Number: 11
If you have a nickname, what is it? I don't really have a nickname, but I guess some people call me Ames.
What has been your favourite class at University? Animal physiology classes
Who is your favourite athlete? Mike Cammalleri
What is something that people probably don't know about you? I started skating at 3 years old and playing hokey at 4 years old
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? Colouring
What's one element of your career of which you're proud? Being apart of the Pandas hockey team while also studying to eventually become a Veterinarian.

Poznikoff

Name: Alex Poznikoff
Position: Forward
Height: 5'2"
Eligibility: 1st Year
Jersey Number: 16
If you have a nickname, what is it? My nickname is Poz
What has been your favourite class at University? My favorite class was criminology which studied crime and its patterns.
Who is your favourite athlete? Kelly Buchberger
What is something that people probably don't know about you? I can ride a unicycle and wake surf
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? I play guitar and DJ
What's one element of your career of which you're proud? I'm proud to be a panda

Olenyk

Name: Hannah Olenyk
Position: Forward
Height: 5'5"
Eligibility: 2nd Year
Jersey Number: 18
If you have a nickname, what is it? Oly
What has been your favourite class at University? Peds 293 Introduction to the movement activities of children
Who is your favourite athlete? Stephen Curry
What is something that people probably don't know about you? That I someday want to get into photography and videography, also love to shoot rifles
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? I raced motocross in worlds at age 9
What's one element of which you're proud? I'm proud that I am a Christian and that I have learned to balance hockey, school, faith, and my family/friends

Owen

Name: Dayna Owen
Position: Goalie
Height: 5'8"
Eligibility: 1st Year
Jersey Number: 31
If you have a nickname, what is it? Owie
What has been your favourite class at University? Calculus
Who is your favourite athlete? Carey Price or Shannon Szabados
What is something that people probably don't know about you? I have a lizard
What would you consider a hidden talent of yours? I can ride a hover board
What's one element of your career of which you're proud? I am proud of having the opportunity to play, and be a part of the U of A Panda's.

After a difficult game yesterday, the Pandas continue their series at Clare Drake this afternoon at 1pm. As with the first part, all credit for this piece goes to the Pandas.