X-Treme test

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

On a team that's head and shoulders above the competition, Correne Bredin is head and shoulders above everyone.

At 5 ft. 11 in. tall, plus a couple of inches on skates, Bredin is easily the tallest player on the Oval X-Treme.

The easy-going defenceman, who is looking to help her team win the Western Women's Hockey League championship this weekend can't help but chuckle at her height on the ice because of her skating style.

"I look taller because I don't bend my knees. I stand straight up," said the 25-year-old with a laugh.

Bredin, who hails from Warburg, is just a straight up hockey player and one of the anchors on the X-Treme blueline.

Calgary opens the WWHL championship tourney tonight (Olympic Oval, 7 p.m.) against the Minnesota Whitecaps.

Opening against Minnesota (8-3-1-0), a team that put a small blemish on the 20-0-1-0 X-Treme's perfect season with a 1-1 tie, means Calgary must be at the top of its game from the drop of the puck.

"We want to play our best every game and they gave us a challenge last time," noted Bredin, who will suit up for Canada at the women's world championship next month in Sweden.

Each team plays each other once, with the final slated for Sunday (Max Bell Centre, 1 p.m.).


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