Iwanicka, Lancers add Team Manitoba’s Lizzie Coleman for 2020-21
Deanna Iwanicka, head coach of the Windsor Lancer women’s hockey team is pleased to announce the addition of standout and U18 Team Manitoba defenseman Lizzie Coleman to the 2020-21 roster.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Coleman has spent the past two seasons in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League with the Winnipeg Ice. Last season, she led the team in +/- at +24 and was recently named to the Ice’s all-time top 40 player roster.
Prior to joining the Ice, Coleman was an assistant captain with the Winnipeg East Saints. She played in the AA all-star game during the 2017-18 season and was awarded the Saints Outstanding Teammate award that same season.
A future science major at the University of Windsor, Coleman will graduate from J.H. Bruns Collegiate in the spring and is looking forward to the move to Ontario. “I am very excited to start this next chapter,” said Coleman. “I chose Windsor because of their interactive undergraduate science program they offer, but also to be part of growing the success of the women’s hockey program while also furthering my own personal hockey experience.”
A player with great skating agility, who can anticipate plays on the defensive side, Coleman believes she can help make a difference on the Lancer blueline. “I look forward to bringing a sense of unselfish play where I can contribute to the team’s success through hard work and play making on the back end.”
Iwanicka agrees that she will make an impact and be a valuable asset right from the start. “We are beyond excited to add a player with provincial team skills and experience. We hope this becomes the norm moving forward,” said Iwanicka. “As a staff we see Lizzie as a player who is still developing and we expect to see a huge jump in her skill and play execution within the first year. She has great feet and plays head up hockey.”