Provincial pride plays a role in every decision Andrea Dinan makes. The Miramichi native has spent her entire hockey career in New Brunswick, even representing the province on the national stage, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Andrea, a second-year forward for the Mount Allison Mounties in Sackville, knows hockey. In her time as a player, Andrea has played for the Midget AAA Northern Stars, the Midget AAA VReds, and the Bantam AAA Northern Stars, among a slew of other teams. She played on competitive male squads for a number of years and even travelled to Fredericton when there were no competitive female teams closer to home.
And Andrea picked up hockey like most Canadians – on the outdoor rinks. “I started skating when I was two-and-a-half years old, out there on the ice with my brother and dad,” she said. “I started playing hockey as soon as I could when I turned five.”
Fast-forward nearly 15 years, and Andrea has represented New Brunswick at the Canada Games. As an assistant captain for the 2015 under-18 female provincial team, her hard work and love of New Brunswick was showcased for the entire country to see.
“It was a pretty proud moment, to feel that recognition from your province. The level of competition was so high, and just being there, it was amazing.”
This exposure, in addition to lacing up with a gold-medal-winning Team New Brunswick at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, prepared Andrea for the high-intensity play of university hockey. An elite athlete and fitness fanatic, Andrea has grown into a key player for the Mounties. The squad finished fourth in the AUS her first year before getting knocked out of the playoffs.
Her commitment to hockey equally matches her dedication to school, and she’s taking the student-athlete experience in stride. In fact in 2015 she was the recipient of the Ron Bradbury Memorial Scholarship Award handed out by Hockey New Brunswick. This award is given to a hockey player in New Brunswick who has excelled academically and is pursuing a university education while playing hockey.
“It’s challenging but it’s obviously worth it in the long run. I’m going to finish my program here and continue to play hockey.”
Her love of competitive hockey was fostered in New Brunswick, so she didn’t feel the need to move to play.
“There were challenges, but I wanted to stay in New Brunswick. That was the best option for me. The program really prepared me for university hockey and as it grows, it continues to excel. I hope more people stay in the province to make the league even more competitive.”