Victoria Bach, #51 for Canada’s National Team and member of the PWHPA has joined The North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame (NAIAHF) class of 2023 inductees.
“Victoria Bach is a Mohawk from the Bay of Quinte. She grew up in Milton, Ontario. Her late grandmother was raised in the Tyendinaga territory, where she had her father, George Bach. Melissa and George are her parents, and she has one brother Jacob.
Victoria Bach attended Boston University for four years and played on the Ice Hockey team. Victoria was the first player to score 100 goals in Terrier history and became the school’s all-time point leader in 2018 with 104 goals and 198 points. Throughout her time at Boston University, she accomplished the following:
Regina Eilberg Scholarship
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
Hockey East First Team All-Star (2017-18, 2016-17)
New England Division I All-Star (2017-18, 2016-17)
CM/AHCA First Team All-American
AMCA All-American Scholars
Mildred Barnes Female Athlete of the Year
In her senior year, she was nominated Top 3 Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. The Patty Kazmaier Award is presented annually to the top players in the NCAA Division 1 women’s ice hockey. After graduating from university, she played professional hockey in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). During her year of professional hockey, she won Rookie of the Year.
Victoria has been a part of the Hockey Canada National team since 2014. In 2014 she was named to the U18 Women’s World Championship team, where she won a gold medal. Victoria has also played in 2020, 2021 and 2022 Women’s World Championships. She won back-to-back gold medals at the 2021 and 2022 World Championships, but 2020 was cancelled due to Covid. She was recently an alternate at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, where the team won Gold in Beijing. She is currently a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Association, with goals to promote, advance, and support a professional women’s hockey league”( naiahf.org ).
Congratulations Victoria! 👏 👏 👏
About The North American Indigenous Athletic Hall of Fame
The North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame (NAIAHF) honors and recognizes the indigenous sport cultures of 27 countries of North America by recognizing outstanding leadership and achievement in individual and team athletics. By honoring and celebrating the empowered journey of the annually inducted individuals and teams, the hope is their stories may inspire future generations to follow their dreams in athletics and life. For more information visit naiahf.org
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