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Wildcats U18 Coaching Staff

Coach Shannon Donnelly

Head Coach - Shannon Donnelly

Shannon graduated from Neumann University in Aston, PA in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Shannon was the starting goaltender all four years for the Knights and served as team captain in her junior and senior years. Shannon is the career leader for the Knights in wins, games played, and goals against average. After graduation Shannon became the assistant coach for the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland, Ontario. She coached the U18 team for 1 year and the Intermediate AA for 2 years at CIHA. Since then, Shannon has been the head coach for the Ottawa Lady 67's U15 and U18 teams. Shannon is returning for a second year with our Wildcats U18 team. Growing up, Shannon played minor hockey for the Gloucester Rangers Boys hockey and then moved on to play for the Nepean Wildcats in her final seasons.

Coaching Philosophy

The most important factor in developing a player is belief. Your players must believe they are capable of being great. Not only must the players believe in themselves, you must also believe in them. Nothing is more powerful than a respected coach that a player looks up to for advice believing in them. My expectations are high but realistic. You want to win and get better as a team, but with a responsibility to focus on skill development and FUN as a way to develop female athletes. It helps a player’s confidence if they’re executing fun through disciplined drills. I believe if you aren’t failing, you aren’t pushing yourself enough and you aren’t learning.


Jessica Schroeder - Assistant Coach

Jessica graduated from Neumann University in 2011, as captain of her team. She earned the NCAA National Statistical player of the year in 2010, and graduated the all-time leading point’s getter for the Neumann Knights. Jess played her minor hockey for the Lady Wolves in Sudbury, ON. She started coaching the Sudbury Lady Wolves in 2011 before moving to Ottawa and coaching both the Bantam AA and Midget AA teams with the Ottawa Lady 67’s. Jess is a passionate coach that takes pride in teaching young female hockey players and preparing them for the next level.


Nikk Blazenko - Assistant Coach

Nikk graduated from Neumann University in 2011, where she served as captain in her last two seasons. Nikk is the all-time leader in games played in Neumann Knights history. Nikk was an offensive threat leading the team in goals in her final two seasons with the Knights. She started coaching with the Ottawa Lady 67’s Bantam AA and Midget AA teams in 2016 and most recently started coaching the Nepean Wildcats Midget AA team in 2019. She enjoys sharing her wealth of hockey experience with young female hockey players.

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Alex Kuhn - Assistant Coach

Alex is a former Nepean Wildcat playing her whole hockey career as a wildcat. This will be Alex’s second year on the Midget AA staff. As a former Midget AA player herself Alex brings a wealth of experience to share with the players that instils confidence and determination in these young girls as they compete to develop and reach the next level in their playing career.

Jr. Wildcats U22

The Program of Excellence seeks to provide an elite program with high standards of commitment, leadership and skill development.

Wildcats U18

The Program of Excellence is to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey, the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence and the Provincial Women’s Hockey League

Wildcats U15

The Program of Excellence, is designed to expose participants to the demands of playing at an Elite level.

Contact the Nepean Girls Hockey Association

The NGHA is pleased to announce our first coach selection as part of the 2019-2020 Program of Excellence. Shannon Donnelly, former NGHA player, will be joining us to coach one of our Midget AA teams next season. Welcome home Shannon!

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