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Pair of teammates join Rams for 2017-18

By Andrea Elliott
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's hockey team officially announced its first two recruits for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Tuesday in teammates Julie Patricio and Brooklyn Gemmill from the Etobicoke Dolphins program.

Patricio, a defenceman from Toronto, and Gemmill, a forward from Cambridge, Ont., were both assistant captains for the Etobicoke Dolphins in the PWHL this past season.

Patricio played in the Ontario Winter Games in 2014 and is a duel-sport athlete having received high school most valuable player awards for both hockey and soccer.

"Julie's style of play will immediately impact and strengthen our blueline," said Ryerson head coach Lisa Haley. "She can play a physical game defensively, and has the poise and skills to be a great puck-mover for us offensively. As well, Julie brings leadership to the table, as she has the self-confidence to handle a lot of responsibility on the ice right away."

Patricio will be enrolled in the Graphic Communications Management program starting this fall.

"I chose Ryerson because of its community, the programs they offer, and the location of the school," said Patricio. "The atmosphere at Ryerson is great. All of the staff and students I have met so far are kind and welcoming, making Ryerson a place I want to be."

Brooklyn Gemmill finished third in team scoring with the Dolphins this season with 16 total points. Prior to playing in the PWHL, Gemmill won the Provincial Midget AA championship in 2015-16 which sent her Brantford IceCats to the National Esso Cup. The IceCats struck national gold, becoming the Esso Cup champions in Weyburn, Sask. after beating the Express du Richelieu in the final.

The IceCats Esso Cup victory was the highest scoring in the championship's history (10-3) which landed Gemmill and her teammates in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Gemmill has a team-first attitude and describes herself as such.

"I am the type of athlete who truly believes that 'teamwork makes the dream work'. I work hard on and off the ice, I have a winning attitude, and I am a strong goal setter (who) loves to achieve the goals I set out for myself and my team," said Gemmill.

"Our coaching staff is very excited to have Brooklyn joining the Rams for the 2017-18 season. It starts with the leadership abilities she brings to the table. Having won a national championship at the Midget level, and named a team captain at the PWHL level with the Etobicoke Dolphins last season, Brooklyn has the intangibles to know what it takes to win. Coupling this with her gritty and unselfish style of play on the ice, makes Brooklyn a terrific fit within our team culture," said Rams head coach Lisa Haley.

Gemmill will be enrolled in the Criminology program starting in September.

Stay tuned for more recruit releases as they become available.

2017-18 Recruiting Class:
Julie Patricio
Brooklyn Gemmill

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