Markham teen helps outfit northern Ontario First Nations with first girls hockey team

One of the best feel-good stories of the year.

Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario is in the process of icing its first ever girls hockey team, with a huge assist from a 17-year-old Markham high school student.

Emma Tworzyanski helped outfit 19 11- and 12-year-old girls from the community as part of a project for her Grade 12 sports management class.

“My dad told me about how a lot of kids want to play hockey but they didn’t have equipment and I’ve been playing hockey since I was four, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use my passion [for hockey] to help other people,” Tworzyanski told CBC.

“It was just a small thing, and then it went crazy.”

Tworsyanski had a truck driver ship the equipment as far as Thunder Bay, with a construction crew completing the trip with a 350-kilometre flight north from the city. The hockey gear traveled almost 2,000 km to arrive in the community of 1,300 people.

Tworzyanski arrived in the community earlier this week to see her work in action.

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