Beantown dream comes true for player

TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 4:04 AM ET

Top Thornhill hockey forward Lori Antflick will be skating on cloud nine when her U.S. university team plays an outdoor game at historic Fenway Park.

Antflick, 20, and her teammates will make history on Jan. 8 when they play the first university women's hockey game at Boston's iconic baseball park.

Antflick is one of five Canadian women playing for Boston's Northeastern University Huskies women's hockey team. She's studying sociology at the school -- one of the first in the U.S. to sponsor a womens' team in 1978.

"I am very excited about playing at Fenway," Antflick said from Boston. "This is history and a dream come true for me."

She said the Huskies will be taking on rival University of New Hampshire Wildcats.

"My family will be coming down for the game," Antflick said. "We will be playing in front of 36,000 fans."

The forward said she grew up playing shinny in an outdoor rink in Thornhill.

Before the Huskies, Antflick played for the Durham Junior Lightning and Etobicoke Junior Dolphins, of the Provincial Women's Hockey League. She served as captain of six of seven varsity teams at Vaughan Secondary School.

University spokesman Asha Michener said Antflick "will be making history along with the team" at Fenway.

"This will be the first university women's hockey game to be played outdoors (at Fenway)," Michener said. "It will also be just the second-ever hockey game played at historic Fenway Park."

He said the first game will be a week earlier when the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins do battle on New Year's Day.


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