Stand Out Sports is pleased to announce that Katie Chan, formerly of the Richmond Ravens, Fraser Valley Rush and currently of the Delta Hockey Academy’s female prep team will be heading to Colgate University for the 2021-22 season. The Raiders play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and call the Class of 1965 Arena, their home barn. They’re located in Hamilton, New York. Colgate Women’s Hockey started out as an intramural team during the 1973-74 season. Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and from those humble beginnings, the program made their first NCAA tournament appearance, finishing second to the National Champion and state rival, Clarkson University.
Katie grew up in Richmond, BC and was a star forward in boys Atom and Peewee hockey at the Seafair Minor Hockey club. Fun fact, she was teammates with some other Stand Out Sports client’s on the Seafair Bantam Tier 1 team that won the Western Canadian Bantam Championships. Katie was also the winner of the 2012 Canadian Tire Jr All-Star Skills Competition in Ottawa, Ontario during her Atom season. This was a national based skill competition that tested aspects of a players game from skating, shooting, stickhandling and passing. Part of the prize was walking out on the red carpet during the NHL Skills Competition at Scotiabank place and meeting Gary Bettman, Briane Burke and even Prime Minister Harper! After a successful Peewee campaign, Katie led the charge for Seafair’s female affiliate club, the Richmond Ravens, for her Bantam season in Grade 8. During this time, she was also an associate player for the Fraser Valley Rush of the British Columbia Female Midget AAA league. It was during this season that the young phenom made ripples in the recruiting universe. Hare are Katie’s reflections on going through the recruitment process at an early age:
“The process by which I was recruited by Colgate all began for me in grade 8. After going to various tournaments in Ontario, I would look up in the stands to see all these different scouts with their clipboards watching my games. I remember the constant phone calls I had to plan ahead for while also dealing with the stress of talking to University coaches at such a young age. Finally, I remember throughout grade 9, the constant stress and anxiety I had to deal with, trying to figure out which school fit best for me. What helped me most was doing site visits at different schools. It helped me to figure out which environment appealed to me most and which program’s philosophy was best suited for my style of play. The relationships I built with the coaches through my conversations on the phone and the site visits made me confident that Colgate was the right decision for me”
In January 2017, while Katie and her family were navigating the recruitment landscape, Stand Out Sports prepared to make our debut at the Fraser Valley Classic. During this event, in the first game we ever filmed, Katie played up for the Rush vs the Calgary Fire Midget AA White, where she faced off against players in grades 10-12 as a grade 8. It was clear from the start that Katie was unfazed, and she put the team on her back, scoring a hat trick and outworking her opponents.
Katie’s youth was not apparent to many people in the stands, including Stand Out Sports. After the game, Katie’s dad Rob approached us to see if we got any good footage that he could add to his extensive library of Katie’s clips. Rob knew the importance of good video for the recruiting side as well as preserving memories. Katie also remarked on the importance of video for both recruiting and memories saying:
"My dad had created clips of footage of my play which Colgate looked at as well to help promote me. I know that Colgate also saw the Stand Out video and it was great to have such a long video to show them footage from many different games."
In addition to the game at the Fraser Valley Classic, the word about Stand Out Sports spread to her teammates on the Ravens and we found ourselves at the 2017 Female BC Bantam Provincial Championships at Katie’s home rink in Richmond.
We were able to create a combination reel from Katie’s performance that showcased her range as a player and not just the goals and assists. Katie herself was impressed with the editing saying:
"What I liked most about the Stand Out video was the clarity of the footage as well as how easy it was to follow who I am in each clip. I also like how the footage captures many different areas of my strengths in my game as opposed to just scoring goals."
Unfortunately, the Raven’s fell short in the provincial final, however Katie continued to grow as a player and hone her skills.
During the 2017-18 season with the Fraser Valley Rush, Katie put up an impressive 36 points (17 Goals, 15 Assists) in 26 games and led her team to a second place finish in BC. During the 2018-19 season, Katie made the jump to the academy system where she played with Delta Hockey Academy in the Canadian School Sport Hockey League. During this season with and versus some of the best players in Western Canada, Katie maintained her blistering scoring pace, tossing up an impressive 37 points (17 Goals, 20 Assists) in 27 games. Katie’s play also got the attention of Team British Columbia and she was selected as one of the top players to represent her province at the the 2017 U18 Women’s National Hockey Championships in Quebec City as a 14 year old. This is significant because her teammates and competition were all the best players from around the country and were 16+! Her play along with her teammates earned Team BC a podium finish by claiming the bronze. At the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. She was one of two players on the team that was born in 2003. Katie’s contributions, along with Stand Out Client Kayla Munro and Jenna Buglioni, helped Team BC to their first podium finish since 1991, with a respectable third place finish. Most recently, Katie was named to Team BC for the U18 Women’s National Hockey Championships in Morden, Manitoba in November, 2019 where she was named Assistant Captain! BC had a good record but finished short of the podium this time around. With Katie part of the leadership group and great supporting cast, Katie will be hungry to take BC to that next level!
Currently in the 2019-20 season with Delta, Katie’s having her most impressive season yet with a blistering 32 Points (18 Goals, 14 Assists) in 14 Games, and as of January 25, 2020, she sits 3rd overall in league scoring. Her and her Delta teammates will be looking forward to March in Penticton where they appear to be one of the contenders for the CSSHL Female Prep Championships and are aiming to be the third team to win this title (only POE and Okanagan have won).
The future looks bright for Katie. She will continue to be a force in the CSSHL this year and next, and we look forward to seeing what she will contribute at the upper echelons of female hockey. It has been an experience to see her play at all levels and execute high difficulty moves with ease. Best of luck Katie, Stand Out Sports Sources: Canadian Tire Skills Comp https://www.richmond-news.com/sports/seafair-standout-shines-at-nhl-all-star-weekend-1.494669 NCAA Scholarship Announcement: https://www.richmond-news.com/sports/chan-blazed-her-way-to-ncaa-scholarship-by-grade-9-1.23613827 2019 Canada Winter Games Bronze Medal: https://www.summerlandreview.com/sports/team-b-c-claims-bronze-medals-in-canada-winter-games/