Belle River's Barrette Drafted By Montreal
Two members of the Windsor Lancers' women's hockey team have been selected in the Canadian Women's Hockey League draft.
Belle River's Natalie Barrette was selected in the third round, 18th overall by Les Canadiennes de Montreal.
After taking the Lancer blueliner, Les Canadiennes then drafted UWindsor teammate Erin Noseworthy in the fourth round, taking the left-winger 25th overall.
The 23-year old Barrette played five seasons with the University of Windsor.
Barrette says she plans to play this season for Montreal.
"Our next steps are training camp. I do plan on playing for the Montreal team," says Barrette. "I'm looking forward to playing with some of the best players in the world and seeing if my calibre can match up with theirs."
She says it was nerve wracking waiting to hear her name called.
"First round and then the second round went, then the third round," says Barrette. "I originally thought it was going to be Toronto and then Montreal called my named. I was in shock. That's pretty much what happen from there."
She says Lancer coach Jim Hunter was a big help with her development.
"Coming in my first year I was super nervous and he made everything seem perfectly fine," says Barrette. "He's been a great coach and mentor along the way. He's very approachable and he taught me many new things along the way on my journey with the Lancers."
She says she wants to be a teacher, but not right away.
"That's going to be put on hold for a year as I pursue this hockey career," says Barrette. "We will be getting paid this year, for the first year ever in the CWHL. But in terms of career wise I plan on going back to teachers college to become a biology teacher for high school."
In 71 games during her time at the University of Windsor, Barrette collected six goals and 38 assists for 44 points.
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