Taya Currie, a teen goalie, is expected to be the first girl to be picked in the OHL draft.

Published June 3, 2021 at 5:52 PM

Don't look now, but a teen from Parkhill, Ontario, is about to make history at the OHL draught tomorrow.

Despite the fact that she's a girl, Taya Currie, a 16-year-old goaltender, is expected to be a first-round pick in the draught.

In OHL history, no female player has ever been drafted, but Currie has the skills, passion, and determination to shatter that record and establish herself as a top prospect regardless of gender. She's only the second girl to participate in the province's U16 AAA competition, and she absolutely dominated it. She's been playing in "boys leagues" since she was ten years old and prefers the male-dominated game over the female-dominated game.

"She has all the skill, talent and is very coachable," says London, Ontario based goalie coach Jim Sidwell. "She holds her own and doesn't look out of place. You would be amazed if you watched her."

And this isn't just hype... the buzz around Currie is real and there's a very good chance that an OHL team makes history by selecting her tomorrow. "It was the athletic ability, great hands and the way she challenges the puck that drew us to her game," says Dylan Seca, GM of the Sarnia Sting and owner of the 9th overall selection.

"I'm tipping my hand more than I would normally for anyone in this draft but there's someone that we've interviewed and the background checks are are fantastic," says Seca. "It would not be surprising to that she's gone before we even wanted to pick her ourselves."

"I can go play with the Bluewater (PWHL) junior team with the girls and get ready for university and possibly the NCAA," explains Currie. "I love competing with the boys because of the competitive side of it," she says. "I'm athletic and I like like the style their game compared to the girls. They have harder shots and I just enjoy it all."

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