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Sami Jo Small (born March 25, 1976 in WinnipegManitoba) is a women's ice hockey player.

Playing career[edit]Edit

Small competed for Team Manitoba at the 1991 Canada Winter Games.

Hockey Canada[edit]Edit

Small is a three time Olympian, acting as a third goaltender on the Canadian women's hockey team at Turin and Nagano.

CWHL[edit]Edit

Small was a goaltender for the Mississauga Chiefs of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. After the CWHL contracted in 2010, she was claimed by the Toronto Aeros. With Toronto, Small participated in the championship game of the 2011 Clarkson Cup. Despite losing to the Montreal Stars by a 5-0 tally, Small accumulated 46 saves in the championship. For 2011-12 season, she plays for Toronto Furies

Personal[edit]Edit

Sami Jo Small is the current Vice-Chairman and one of the founders of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Small is a graduate of Collège Jeanne-Sauvé and attended Stanford Universityon a track and field scholarship to throw the discus and javelin where she also played on the men's club hockey team. At the 1997 Pacific-10 Track and Field championships,(held May 24–25, 1997), Small finished in fifth place in the Hammer Throw with a distance of 161.5 meters. In the discus throw, Small was seventh with a distance of 158.8 meters.  She graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering - Product Design.

She is involved with Right to Play and has been an Athlete Ambassador since 2006. Small is married to Billy Bridges, who played forward on the Canadian sledge hockey team for the 2010 Paralympic Games

Awards and honorsEdit

  • CWHL Second All-Star Team, 2008–09 and 2009–10
  • Brampton Sports Hall of Fame
  • Directorate Award, Best Goalie, 1999 Women's World Hockey Championships
  • Directorate Award, Best Goalie, 2000 Women's World Hockey Championships

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