Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 80

Rachel Dyck: Winning on All Counts By Mike Still with Scott Taylor Photos by Jeff Miller Athletic success can be defined in a number of different ways. For some, it can come from team victories. For others, it’s attained through individual stats. And for many more, it’s simply improving as a player. For University of Manitoba Bisons goaltender Rachel Dyck, however, you can just check off all of the above. 80 GAME ON SEPTEMBER 2015 R achel Dyck has already had an accomplished hockey career. The outstanding goaltender for the University of Manitoba Bisons has actually been a terrific player for a long time. In fact, Dyck, who calls Winnipeg Beach home, started playing organized hockey at age 12 with the Selkirk Wings Bantam A2 team and immediately won a championship. She actually learned to skate at a much younger age but decided not to play organized hockey until she turned 12. That might have been a smart decision. In her first year, she won a league championship and as it turned out, it was just the start of almost a decade of career highlights. In her Grade 9 year at Balmoral Hall, Dyck was named top rookie and the following season, she was honored as the top goalie in the Winnipeg Women’s High School Hockey League. She would later become part of two separate provincial teams, winning a bronze medal at the nationals in 2011 and a silver medal in 2012. She finished her high school career at Shaftesbury where she not only recorded nine shutouts, but had a 1.48 goals against average and an impressive 27-8-3 record in her senior year. As an aside, she also graduated from high school earning Honours with Distinction. Considering her numerous accomplishments, it wasn’t a surprise that Dyck was heavily recruited coming out of high school. She had a few options in the United States, as well as in other areas of Canada, but she ultimately chose to stay at home and play for head coach Jon Rempel, and the Bisons in 2013-14. “At the U of M I was given a shot right off