UW WHKY: Women's Hockey Signs Three

Brooke Ammerman, Brittany Haverstock and Carolyne Prevost all played in the Under-18 series between U.S. and Canada and all will play for the Badgers next season.

MADISON - Three student-athletes have signed national letters of intent during the early signing period to play for the Wisconsin women's hockey team in 2008-09, head coach Mark Johnson announced. Included in the class are forwards Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Prevost as well as defenseman Brittany Haverstock.

All three recruits are highly-regarded with each having taken part in the three-game Under-18 series between the United States and Canada back in August. Haverstock and Prevost each played for Canada while Ammerman was a member of Team USA.

"The whole class should add an offensive dimension to the team," Johnson said. "They have each been recognized in their respective countries as top players in their age group.

"Getting the chance to participate in the different camps and tournaments helps their learning curve because they're competing at a higher level. It's a great advantage to be a part of those programs because they're going to be competing against good players and if you have that setting, those are the best ways to become a better individual player."

Brooke Ammerman, a 5-8 forward from River Vale, N.J., currently plays at the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt., where she serves as the team captain. In her first season at NAHA last year, Ammerman recorded 62 goals and 56 assists for 118 points in just 74 games as the Winter Hawks claimed multiple tournament titles en route to a record of 64-3-4-3. Ammerman served as the assistant captain for Team USA during the three-game series against Canada back in August, scoring the first goal of game two.

Mark Johnson on Ammerman:

"Brooke has very good hands, is a good playmaker and a natural scorer who will be participating in the Under-18 World Championship. She also presents strong leadership skills on the teams that she's playing for."

Carolyne Prevost (pronounced CARE-oh-lynn PRAY-vo), a 5-4 forward from Sarnia, Ontario, is a current member of the London Junior Devilettes of the Provincial Women's Hockey League. Through 10 games, Prevost leads the team in goals (eight) and points (11) and ranks second in the league with five power-play goals. She scored three goals for Canada during the three-game series against the U.S. including an overtime game-winner in the second game. Prevost is a seven-time Canadian national champion in three different sports including two titles in hockey, one in soccer and four in tae kwon do. She is a fourth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, earning the silver medal at the 2005 Junior Pan-American Taekwondo Championship.

Mark Johnson on Carolyne Prevost:

"Carolyne is just a very gifted athlete, which you can see by the fact that she's a fourth-degree black belt and a Canadian tae kwon do national champion. She is dedicated, disciplined, hard-working and unbelievably quick. She'll bring a lot of energy to our team." Brittany Haverstock, a 5-6 defenseman from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, currently plays for the Stoney Creek Junior Sabres of the Provincial Women's Hockey League. Through 14 games, Haverstock has tallied two goals and five assists for seven points for the second-place Sabres. She recorded one goal for Team Canada during the Under-18 series against the United States last August. Haverstock has been a part of the Nova Scotia provincial team since 2003.

Mark Johnson on Brittany Haverstock:

"Brittany is an offensive defenseman who is a strong attacking threat from the blue line. She is a good skater with good skills, discipline and focus. She's the type of defenseman who likes to join the rush."

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