Clause makes strong impression at National Program Goaltending Camp
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Brock University women’s hockey player Beth Clause (Hamilton, Ont.) continued to make a strong impression at the national level taking part this week at the Canadian National Team Goaltending Camp in Toronto. The camp was made up of the Top 15 goaltending prospects in Canada including six Under-18, six Under-22 and three senior age.
"I think this opportunity for Beth is very well deserved," said Brock head coach Jim Denham. "Everyone in the country knows how strong of goaltender she has become. For the past four years she has played a big role in our success and will once again be one of our leaders this upcoming season."
“Having the opportunity to attend the Canadian National Team Goaltending Camp was an amazing experience,” said Beth Clause. “Never having been there before was intimidating, but the other girls were very welcoming and that made for a very positive and fun experience.”
While at Brock, Clause’s performance has been nothing but exceptional, rewriting the Badgers record books in every statistical category while catching the eyes of the National team scouts. In May, she became the first Brock player to attend a Hockey Canada Strength and Conditioning Camp, which is the first step into identifying this country’s future women’s hockey stars.
“I have been given an opportunity of a lifetime to be involved with the national program, said Clause. “I have learned to never give up on a dream because it can happen when you least expect it, so always give 100%.”
For the past four years, Clause has become one of the top goaltenders in the OUA and CIS. In her career she has played in 90 career games tallying 5406:26 career minutes played, more than any other goaltender in the nation. She has also backed the Badgers to 33 regular season victories while registering 2807 career saves, an average of 32 per game. Clause also holds the Brock career record for goals against average (2.27 GAA) and save percentage (.929). She was selected as an OUA All-Star the past two seasons and a finalist for Brock Female Athlete of the Year twice.
Throughout her hockey career, Clause has always a group of people that have been there for her and have helped her get to where she is today.
“I would like to thank all of my coaches along the way including my dad who gave me the opportunity to excel at the next level, said Clause. “They were the people who gave me the chance to play at such high levels. Of course, my family because no matter my situation, they have always been behind me pushing and encouraging me.”
Off the ice, Clause has also been a strong role model in the Niagara Region for younger players working as a goaltending instructor at many hockey schools including the Brock Camps each year. Her message to younger female players that want to reach the next level has been, “always play everything like its a game, whether it be a practice or a workout, always give 100% because you may regret slacking just that little bit in the long run, and of course always do it with a smile!”
Clause will look to backstop the Badgers to their first OUA Championship this upcoming season as she returns for the fifth year of her career.