Meet Lynn Newton!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I started playing hockey in a boys league in Germany when I was 12. I played lots of road hockey, and took figure skating until then. In tournaments, the boys would get medals, and I would get a doll. The type of doll is a gift now exchanged at the Spengler cup in Davos, Switzerland. I moved to Canada (my dad was in the military) when I was thirteen and I joined the Kingston Kodiaks girls’ hockey.
I played at the Senior level because there were only two teams (Bantam and Senior), and the Bantam one was full. On the Senior team was Brenda Andress (ex-CWHL commissioner). Another player, who is now a Hall of Famer, Jayna Hefford, played on the Bantam team.
Once graduating high school at the age of 16, I went to Ottawa University, and played for the Nepean Raiders intermediate AA team. Our team would play against Team USA and university teams, and we won OWHA provincials that year.
36 years later, I have the privilege to continue to play competitive, and recreational hockey. I play with my oldest daughter, and coach my youngest. I have been the president of the Frontenac Fury Girls hockey team from 2008-2018. This year is my transition year, as my youngest is in her last year of minor hockey. I also am the lead instructor for the First Shift program. It’s an amazing introduction to hockey program for children aged 6-10. Our community is so generous, they extend the on ice session into a full season. We have quadrupled girls hockey registration over the last few years.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
To support and engage players to love the game.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
Mentoring, guiding, and encouraging girls of all ages to play the game and sharing transferable skills gained from the game in their personal, education, and professional lives.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I would like to be have dinner with someone who loves the game, eats and sleeps hockey, however doesn’t have the knowledge on how to navigate the system and/or has limited resources to reach their goals/dreams.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Your goal is to win. But if you lose, stay positive, and learn. Always want to grow and learn, and to be an awesome teammate, on and off the ice.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
To make it accessible, in every way, for all girls and women.
Want to be a #WHLAmbassador?
Get more details and apply here!