Eighteen-year-old Stittsville resident Mya Vaslet is continuing her impressive hockey career this summer at the BFL National Women’s Development Team Summer Camp. The summer camp takes place from July 29th to August 9th at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Practices, intrasquad games, and a media day will all aid in meeting the ultimate goal of helping athletes to learn and develop under an experienced coaching staff, while familiarizing them with Canada’s National Women’s Program. Mya, a forward, will be playing hockey with the Under-22 team, amongst women older than her.
Mya started playing hockey when she was 7 years old. Previously in figure skating, she wanted to play hockey just like her older brother. Over her years on the ice, Mya has enjoyed making some of her best friends. Her favourite thing has been the lifelong memories made playing hockey. She states that her dad has been the biggest influence on her career, “he always makes sure I make the best out of every opportunity. He is always my biggest supporter, and he makes sure I am always ready to compete.”
Mya has played on numerous teams, such as:
- Kanata Rangers
- World Selects International Invitational Helsinki
- Nepean Jr Wildcats (PWHL)
- 2018 Team Ontario (Ontario Summer Games)
- 2019 Team Ontario (National Women’s Under-18 Championship)
- 2019 Team Ontario/Canada Japan Series
- 2020 Team Ontario Selection Camp
- Etobicoke Jr Dolphins (PWHL)
- Team Canada Under-18 (2019-2020 Summer Camp)
In 2017, Mya committed to a 2021 Penn State Hockey Scholarship, making her the youngest female in Canada at the time to commit to a NCAA Division 1 University. Mya will join the Penn State Nittany Lions, starting with their 2021-2022 season, following her participation in this summer’s development camp in Calgary.
In addition to her goal of joining the Olympic team, Mya would love to have endorsements and sponsorships. So far in her career, Mya’s proudest accomplishment was receiving the Top Forward in Canada Selection Award by Hockey Canada at the 2019 Women’s Hockey Nationals.
Regarding the pandemic and its impact on her hockey career, Mya says that some good has come from it, as she has “been able to work on my weaknesses, to improve on things I’m not great at.” However, not being able to play any games this past season was upsetting. With the rinks closed for a bit, Mya decided to take up tennis, which has since become an interest of hers.