Breaking: Canucks Affiliate Team Signs First Woman

Published September 19, 2023 at 1:40 PM
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     

Goalkeeper Mariah Fujimagari Joins ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings



The Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL have added goalie Mariah Fujimagari to their roster on a PTO. The talented 29-year-old netminder previously played in Sweden's Women's league.

"Player signed to pro tryout by Kalamazoo Wings: G Mariah Fujimagari/@Fujimagoalie (1-11-0 w/ a 4.52 GAA & .877 SV% + a shutout in 14 GP for @AIKishockey [women's team] in the @SDHLse [Sweden] last season). She's played pro for the last six seasons including four in North America."




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Kalamazoo, which operates as the ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, has made history with this signing.

"Kalamazoo adds strength up front and in the crease with Yeamans and Fujimagari signings. "


Fujimagari, with her impressive height of 5'11", has a promising opportunity with the K-Wings.

With only Hunter Vorva currently under contract as a goaltender, it seems likely that Fujimagari could play a pivotal role in the team's future strategy. Joel Martin, the K-Wings' Head Coach, praised her dedication and skill, noting,

"Mariah is an athletic goaltender that battles on every shot and reads the play well"

Fujimagari commented:

"I couldn't be happier to join the K-Wings. I'm going to make sure to set the tone from the start with a solid performance every day. I'm most excited to be a part of the Kalamazoo community and skate in front of the amazing fans."

ECHL's Commitment to Gender Diversity



The ECHL has been a pioneer in promoting gender diversity within Men's Professional Hockey. The inclusion of female athletes in the ECHL's All-Star Game since 2020 exemplifies this commitment.

The ECHL also witnessed the likes of hockey legend such as Manon Rhéaume and Erin Whitten. While stars like Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie-Philip Poulin had invitations to join, they opted against it.

As reported on Markerzone - BREAKING: Canucks Affiliate Adds First Female Player
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