December 16, 2009
Katie Baker, the Prince Edward Island Native, has been recognized as a Pan American All-star after being named to the Pan American Elite Team. Every two years the Pan American Hockey Federation selects the best of the best to create an eighteen member all star roster. The federation announced both the 2009 women’s and men’s teams this December.
This is an outstanding addition to her already numerous accomplishments. Since joining the Senior Women’s National team in 2006 she has competed in the 2007 Pan American Games, the 2008 World Cup Qualifier, the 2009 Pan American Cup and the 2009 Champions Challenge II.
The 25 year old midfielder began playing when she was 14 years old and has been passionate about the sport ever since. Her career began as a member of the Bluefield high school team and continued at Saint Mary’s University where she was a CIS First Team All Canadian. During her initial university years she made the Canadian Women’s Junior National Team; with whom she competed at the Junior World Cup in 2005. Katie moved to Vancouver to train with her teammates and to attend the University of British Columbia, where she is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She is now residing in Belgium where she plays professionally for Royal Antwerp Hockey Club.
The Argyle Shore player is described by her teammates as hardworking, dedicated and an “all-out” player. Her advice for aspiring players, and for herself is “If you’re going to pass it, pass it hard, if you’re going to shoot, nail it and if you’re going to run, sprint, and when you score, celebrate big”.
She is currently training hard to prepare for the World Cup Qualifier in San Diego in March 2010.
Congratulations Katie Baker on such a pivotal accomplishment in your career – we are so proud you are Canadian!