Griffins Hockey Player Carley Jewell

Carley Jesell (No 21), MacEwan Griffins
No. 1 Ranked after the regular season
Carley Jesell (No 21), MacEwan Griffins No. 1 Ranked after the regular season

by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips

Carley Jewell  was an all-around athlete growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

You name the sport?

She was on it.

"It was a lot of running around and quick meals and then back into the car with my parents taking me somewhere for a sport," recalls Jewell, 20, now playing her third year of hockey for the MacEwan University Griffins. "Basketball, volleyball, track and field, soccer. At school it was every sport."

For example, at 5-foot-9, Jewell was a post player for the Oak Park Raiders, leading them to a Manitoba High School Athletics Association women's basketball provincial tournament.

"Being an only child , it was easier for my parents (Keith and Tammy) financially to put me in sports and being able to commit to drive me all the time.  It was kind of what we did."

With a combination of  athletic pursuits, Jewell believes that it did not hamper her hockey career but assist it.

"I feel like the cross over is really important with the various athletic movements and hand-eye coordination. It can only help out."

Starting minor hockey, Jewell originally played forward on boys teams, switching to defense when moving over to girl's hockey at the age of 12.

"One of my coaches, thought that with my coming over from boys hockey, that I had a pretty decent shot and I was pretty big, so he thought I would be good on defense."

Such was her progress in minor hockey, that a post-secondary scholarship came her way in 2015.

"Lindsay (MacAlpine) saw me playing in a tournament and we talked and a scholarship was offered," recalls Jewell, of her meeting the longtime Griffins women's hockey head coach. "It was really exciting as I always wanted to go to school and play hockey in Alberta. It is close to home but you still get the away-from-home experience."

Prior to heading west, part of Jewell's extension hockey resume included playing for: Winnipeg Avros Midget AAA, 2014-2015; Winnipeg Ice Midget AAA, 2012-2014 and Rangers Bantam AA, 2010-2012.

She also participated in  the 2014 Manitoba Winter Games and as a member of the Jr. Bisons Spring Hockey, captured gold medal status in 2013 at the North American Hockey Classic and  Minnesota Independent AAA Classic.

While with the Griffins, Jewell has played on bronze and gold medal winning teams.

Bronze came during her rookie year 2015-2016, where she played in 24 games with three goals and 8 assists to her credit.

Last year the Griffins broke a eight-year drought by claiming the ACAC banner, defeating the SAIT Trojans in a best-of-five series.

Jewell dressed for 21 games in 2016-2017 with two goals and four assists recorded.

For 2017-2018 she is having a breakout campaign, with 3 goals and 5 assists in 12 games.

Tied with Jewell in team points is Jill MacWilliam with 3 goals and 5 assists.

The Griffiths sit atop the five-team league, with 8 wins 1 loss and 3 overtime losses while scoring 33 goals and only allowing 20 goals..

What does her future hold?

"I want to be an anesthesiologist," said Jewell, of  the career in which  a physician is trained in anesthesia and perioperative medicine. "I have loved science from a young age. Growing up, one of my coaches was a surgeon and I thought that it was cool and maybe I could be a surgeon. As I got older, I discovered anesthesiology and I thought that it was awesome."