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Thompson Commits To Cougars Women's Soccer, Hockey Teams

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The Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars will be well represented when Emmalie Thompson suits up for them.

Thompson, who hails from Ste. Rose, is a two-sport athlete who recently committed to play for the Cougars women’s soccer and hockey teams next fall.

Thompson last played hockey for the Yellowhead Chiefs, where she served as an assistant captain and was named Most Improved Player in 2019-20.

“I was already looking at playing hockey in college or university and I wanted to find somewhere close to home. So ACC came and watched me play one of the few games I got to play this year and they offered me a spot on the team,” she explained, adding it took her a while to decide on accepting the offer.

Thompson attends the DRCSS in Dauphin, where she played for the Clippers soccer team and also competed in track and field, finding success in both sports. In 2017 Thompson was selected as MVP in a soccer tournament and won Rookie of the Year for track and field. The Cougars ended up offering Thompson a scholarship to play both hockey and soccer.

“So I just decided that I would play both things that I love,” she said.

Thompson is looking forward to attending ACC, noting she used to live in Brandon when she was younger and still has a lot of family in the Wheat City. At five-feet, two-inches, Thompson is far from the biggest player on the ice. But she has developed into a fast skater and she puts her speed to good use, not just on the ice, but on the pitch, as well. When the Cougars were scouting her, Thompson played on Yellowhead’s top line with Jena Barscello, one of the best players she ever played with, and Joie Simon.

“I was just more of a player maker and they got to watch me do that,” she said. Thompson hopes to develop her game at the college level. “I think that playing with the older girls will help me see the game a little bit better,” she said. And being a multi-sport athlete, her offseason training will help her prepare for both sports.

“I’ll have to train over the summer no matter what. But for soccer, it will help me get ready for the hockey season. And the hockey season helps me get ready for soccer season. So it’s definitely helpful,” she said.

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Doug Zywina
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