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  • Friday, September 15, 2000

    Mississauga Ice Bears 2000 Preview

    New name, new look for Mississauga

    By SPIRO PAPUCKOSKI -- SLAM! Sports
    MISSISSAUGA ICE BEARS
      Out with the Chiefs, in with the Ice Bears.

      Mississauga changed their name and look, and will be now known as the Ice Bears. They will be sporting a black and white jersey with blue trim.

      And with the new look, comes a new sponsor. According to forward Andria Hunter, Mercedes-Benz will chose a player of the week from the team and that player will have the opportunity to drive a black convertible for one week.

      This is another sign that women's hockey is starting to get recognition and the necessary sponsorships that will continue the sports growth.

      Now it all remains to be seen if the new attitude translates on the ice.

      Last year, Mississauga was one of the top teams, going 21-13-6. They ranked third in the Western Division and third overall, edging the Ste-Julie Pantheres by one point. During the playoffs, they lost to the Brampton Thunder in overtime after both teams traded one win apiece.

      A big scoop during the off season was defenceman Therese Brisson, who played last season with the Montreal Wingstar.

      This year, they have a chance to turn around their fortunes during the playoffs. During the preseason, the Ice Bears beat the Beatrice Aeros 3-0, but lost two games to the Thunder by scores of 9-2 and 5-4.

      Opposition will have to watch out for leading scorer Hunter. She recorded 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points, good for seventh overall in the league. On defense, Canadian national team member Nathalie Rivard has the booming shot on the point that goalies will have to be on their toes to stop.

      Other offensive threats returning to Mississauga are Kathy McCormack and Karen Pepper, scoring 35 and 33 points respectively last year.



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