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Hockey player signs with Davenport

January 21, 2016
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield resident and Ursuline High School senior Zoie Amatore, daughter of Anthony and Traci Amatore, signed her National Letter of Intent Jan. 11 to continue her hockey career at Davenport University in fall.

Her skating ability was observed by the Davenport coach, Tom Hofmann, who asked her to drop by the school.

''After the hockey coach saw Zoie at a tournament, he expressed interest in her asked her to come skate with his team and tour the campus,'' Traci said.

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Canfield High School Athletic Director Greg Cooper made the trip to Ursuline High School Jan. 11 to witness the National Letter of Intent signing for Canfield High School hockey player Zoie Amatore, a Ursuline senior. Seated with Amatore is Davenport University women's hockey coach Tom Hofmann.

Zoie said she was glad to take Hofmann up on the offer. She loves hockey, which is what had her skating for Canfield High School.

Zoie started her hockey career at age seven. Though she's played several others sports, she said hockey is one that stuck.

She began with the Youngstown girls developmental team, the Mooney-Ursuline Hockey Club as the only girl and then went on to play with Pittsburgh Penguins Elite travel girls team for many years.

At the high school level, the Ohio High School Athletic Association allows students who go to a private school, like Ursuline, to play a sport at the school district they reside in. That enabled Zoie to play with the Canfield High School boys team as a sophomore, and for the past three years, she's been a key player while participating in travel hockey during the offseason.

She played under Canfield hockey coach Randy Emery, who welcomed her with open arms.

''I enjoyed coaching Zoie because she brought her energy and enthusiasm to the rink every day,'' Emery said. ''She was the fifth female that had played for the varsity hockey team under my seven years as head coach.''

Zoie has worked hard and even earned the title of 2014 winter sport Student Athlete of the Year.

As a student, she carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society.

Her determination and dedication to the sport is what got her noticed, and Davenport won out.

Zoie received a scholarship to attend the university, which has an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I team, and is slated to start as center her freshman year.

With only months left until she departs for Michigan, Zoie will wrap up the hockey season with the Cardinals before playing fast pitch softball for the Fighting Irish.

As a Davenport Panther, Zoie said she plans to major in biology and hopes to pursue a career as a radiologist.



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