Stand Out Sports is pleased to announce that Kayla Munro of the Pacfic Steelers (JWHL) has committed to Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, USA. The Syracuse Orange play in the CHA Division (College Hockey America) versus teams from: New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri. They compete for the NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey Championships and last season qualified for their first NCAA tournament falling to eventual national champion University of Wisconsin in the quarter finals.
Kayla grew up in North Vancouver and played in the British Columbia Female AAA league for the Fraser Valley Rush. Fun fact, Kayla was the goalie in the first ever game Stand Out Sports recorded at the Fraser Valley Rush tournament on February 9, 2017 versus the Calgary Fire Midget AA White.
After an email exchange with Kayla’s father Jim in September 2018, we were dispatched to one of Kayla’s games at the Calgary Firestarter vs the Calgary Fire AAA. Kayla put on a stellar performance with calm saves at key moments coupled with an elite puck moving ability. She was able to corral the puck in any situation, and on occasion, provided critical passes that lead to goal scoring opportunities.
Here’s a couple of clips from the action:
Kayla’s play caught the attention of Team BC and she was selected to represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB in February, 2019. Kayla had 80 saves on 86 shots compiling a scintillating .930 Save %. BC played well and was able to take the bronze after falling to eventual champions Alberta in overtime in the semi final game (it must be noted that Kayla didn’t play in this game). During the round robin, Kayla backstopped BC to their first ever win versus Ontario in female Hockey, and then did it again vs Ontario in the bronze medal game!
Here’s a clip from the action Kayla stops a breakaway and the announcer shouts “Munro says No!”
Her 2018-2019 season was capped off by a selection to the 2018-19 BC FMAAA All-Star team and second place finish in BC.
Given Kayla’s Metis ancestry, she was also selected for Team BC at the 2019 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Whitehorse, YK in May 2019. Team BC battled to a fourth place finish at the tournament and she was named player of the game vs Saskatchewan.
On July 16, 2019 Hockey Canada announced their selections for 89 of the country’s top talents for their U-18 and Development selections. Of the 44 Under-18 selections, Kayla was amongst the 6 goalies chosen for the camp and was the only goalie selected from Western Canada.
After splitting time in two games for 63 total minutes, Kayla faced made 29 saves on 30 shots for an stellar 0.967 Save %.
She was a critical piece in helping Team White earn a Shootout victory, stopping all 5 shots she faced in the shootout, here’s one of those saves.
On August 1, 2019 it was announced on College Hockey Commitments that Kayla would be heading to Syracuse University for the 2020-21 season.
During Kayla’s journey, Jim was able to use the video Stand Out Sports created back in September 2018 to send out during the recruiting process. Jim was also able to provide some words regarding his experience with Stand Out Sports:
“I would like to thank Stand Out Sports Hockey for helping us create an awesome highlight video for Kayla. Dealing with Adam and his team was very professional and their response to questions and communication was exceptional.”
Jim also mentioned Jeff Eaton and Dayna Birch of The Advantage Hockey Group. Their countless hours on the phone and attention to detail were instrumental in helping Kayla secure her full scholarship at Syracuse.
Currently, Kayla is playing for the Pacific Steelers of the Junior Women's Hockey League in the U19 Division with some of the top players from BC against some of the best female players in North America.
One thing is clear, her commitment to the game, hard work and talent will certainly be a driving force for teammates for years to come and we’re excited to see what the future brings.
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