Long-time Anaheim Jr. Ducks forward Dominique Petrie has been selected to play for the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team for the second year in a row.
Petrie, who was part of the 2017 U18 team that won gold in the Czech Republic, is expected to play a key role for the U18 team at the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship, scheduled for Jan. 6-13 at Dmitrov, Russia.
Petrie, a 2001 birth year, committed to play NCAA hockey at Harvard in late October. In addition to her experience at last January’s U18 Women’s Worlds, she was part of Team USA’s U18 squad that took two of three games from Canada at the Under-18 Select Series at Lake Placid, N.Y., in August.
The 5-foot-7 Petrie was a longtime member of the 2001 Jr. Ducks birth year team coached by Craig Johnson and Scott Niedermayer. She played Midget U15 for Darryl Tiveron and Mike Bickley.
“I’ve had many fun years and multiple great coaches with the Jr. Ducks,” Petrie said. “One of my U15 coaches, Mike Bickley, stood out to me. He has really believed in me and took a lot of time working with me on my skill development.
“He has a tremendous passion for helping young players, as do Darryl, Craig and Scott. There are so many coaches who’ve helped me.”
Petrie’s well-rounded game and superior work ethic made her a natural fit on boys teams, Johnson said.
“Dominique always has been a huge part of our teams,” Johnson said. “She could produce offensively and compete defensively.
“She spent a lot of time working on her game and going to the weight room. She always had a great attitude and was liked and respected by her teammates.”
-- Chris Bayee