Annah Setter got a late start in hockey, but her excellent skating skills and strong work ethic helped her develop her game quickly. Recently the local product was named to B.C.’s team for the 2014 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships to be played in Kahnawake, Quebec, just outside Montreal. Setter made the team after a three day tryout earlier this month.
“I was confident I would make it but not cocky,” she said.
Setter, who will turn 16 next month, began playing hockey at 11 but her previous training in power skating enabled her to pick up the game in a hurry. She played with mostly boys up until this year, which forced her to develop into a tough, hard-nosed player.
“I’m more aggressive and gritty…playing with the boys helped me to be a more versatile player and to be more aware of my surroundings,” Setter said.
Because Golden doesn’t have a program for girls her age, Setter plays Midget hockey in Cranbrook. Her parents are often the ones to drive her to practices and games.
“She loves hockey and that’s the sport that she chose…as much as it isn’t our sport, it’s her sport. We support what she does,” said Dana Setter, Annah’s mother.
Setter tried out for the B.C. team as a defenceman but was named to the squad as a forward, a roster that will be coached by her Midget coach and includes several of her usual teammates.
“I want to go in and play my game,” she said of her mentality heading into the tournament. “I’m not a ‘just have fun’ kind of player, I’m very competitive and I’m there to win,” Setter said.
Despite now playing in Cranbrook, Setter credits Golden Minor Hockey and the coaches she has had over the years with getting her to the level she is at now.
“My coaches (in Golden) were Dave Gudjonson and Tim Fedow. I really admire their style of coaching,” she said.
“They were the coaches that coached you until you knew what you were doing and did it correctly. They cared. I still go to Dave and Tim for help.”
Setter’s goal in hockey is to earn a scholarship and play hockey at the university level. Next year she will have to tryout for a Midget AAA team in either Nelson or Kelowna.
The Nationa Aboriginal Hockey Championships will take place from Apr. 27 to May 3. To follow Setter’s progress at the tournament and for more information on the team, visit www.teambcnahc.com.