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As women’s hockey captures North America’s attention with the inaugural games of the Professional Women’s Hockey League, nine members of the Little Caesars AAA girls’ team signed letters of intent to continue their hockey careers in college. 

Little Caesars AAA is part of the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League, which was started by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1978 to encourage young people in and around Detroit to play the game competitively, has more than 600 travel and house teams with more than 13,000 participants. Youth players from metro Detroit and around the United States and Canada are provided opportunities to build their skills in a competitive league that has become one of the country’s most respected youth hockey programs.  

“When I was playing, I committed and signed at my house because that’s where girls’ hockey was at, so it is refreshing to see this opportunity for them,” said U-19 assistant coach Grace Markey. “Being able to have this experience is amazing for them. So now they are committed to the university that they were recruited to play for, while wearing the Little Caesars jersey.”

The players include:

  • Paige Cline – Lindenwood University
  • Ellie Muscedere – Lindenwood University 
  • Tricia Piku – Boston College
  • Ella Lucia – Harvard University
  • Addison Spitz – Colgate University
  • Maggie Kime – Merrimack College
  • Kelsey Joiner – Western New England University
  • Drew Dyczkowski – Long Island University (LIU)
  • Crosby Wildfong – Long Island University (LIU)

“Little Caesars AAA has provided a really good landscape for my daughter to grow and develop,” said parent Cyndi Wildfong. “We’ve gone through a lot of emotional growth as well. And to me, her teammates have provided her with a lot of support through her journey.”