With D1 Commitment in Hand, Grant Sets Her Sights on Team Canada
Sixteen-year-old Newmarket resident, Teagan Grant grew up playing hockey, as did some of the most influential people in her life. Her father, Gord, played for Michigan Tech and her sister, Breanne, played for Ohio State, serving as team captain in her final year. At an early age, Teagan realized the importance of not only setting goals, but really working to attain them.
She put her dream of playing NCAA Division 1 hockey into action early and was speaking with university head coaches by the time she was 13. Teagan committed to the University of Wisconsin in December 2016, after considering offers from Princeton, the University of Minnesota and Ohio State, among others. Ultimately, she based her decision on the fact that Wisconsin is consistently ranked #1 in Women’s Hockey. Her offer included a full ride scholarship and will allow her to set her own destiny.
Now in her Grade 11 year at The Country Day School in King, the 5’6” offensive-minded defenseman plays for the Toronto Junior Aeros in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. She describes herself as a defenseman who loves to score. “Whenever I can, I join the rush like I’m a fourth forward.”
Teagan has many accolades to match her skillset. She won provincials with her previous team, the North Bay Ice Boltz, has played on the Ontario U16 team, won two silver medals with the boys’ team at the Ontario Hockey Federation Tournament and was MVP of the tournament, and was the youngest player asked to train with the Team Canada U18 Strength and Conditioning Camp last spring.
This most recent experience led to her qualifying for the Team Canada U18 August Selection Camp in Calgary as one of 14 defensemen chosen from across the country to potentially represent Canada at the 2018 U18 IIHF championships in Russia. During this camp, Teagan had the opportunity to play against Team Russia.
Next month, she will represent Team Ontario Blue at the National U18 Championships in Quebec City. Team Canada’s Women’s Hockey Coach, Melody Davidson, will be among the scouts evaluating players at Nationals. Selection for the final Team Canada U18 roster for the IIHF World Championships will be made by December 1.
Teagan is realistic about her most recent goal, acknowledging that while she is in Team Canada’s program, she may not make the cut this year as she is also the youngest.
Meanwhile, she continues to train with the Toronto Aeros, as well as Jari Byrski, a European Skills trainer at SK8ON hockey camp, who she has been working with since she was eight years old. This summer she earned her way onto semi-private skills sessions with a number of NHL players, including Brent Burns, Jason Spezza and Jeff Skinner.
Her training regimen is rigorous and she was at the gym six days a week all summer. She also power skated with one of Canada's finest figure skaters Paul Martini, whose daughter Kate is a CDS graduate (Class of 2012) and played hockey for Yale University.