The WGHA welcomes Katelyn Rae and Emily Volpe to lead the U18AA Whitby Wolves High Performance Program!
The Whitby Wolves Hockey Association is very pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Volpe and Katelyn Rae to the coaching position of U18AA. The WGHA is proud to have two former players who developed their hockey and personal skill set through the Wolves program come back and take a lead role in developing our WGHA hockey players. This announcement is part of the evolution of the Whitby Wolves high performance program which the organization is fiercely focused on growing and evolving. Emily and Katelyn have been part of the WGHA prior to this announcement as assistant coaches at various levels.
Both Emily and Katelyn bring a wealth of female perspective and experience to the sport of hockey. Not only will this be an advantage to the players on the ice, but will also help in navigating the players off ice, as they make milestone decisions on their hockey career. Both coaches are graduates of Merrimack College where they had terrific NCAA hockey careers. Their experience at this level will be incredibly valuable for all players who are part of the Whitby Wolves U18AA high performance program.
Emily played for the Whitby Wolves from 2000 to 2015. She won two provincial championships and two provincial bronze medals. She participated in the 2015 Ontario Winter Games where she won silver with Team Agosta. She was a member of the U22 Jr Wolves from 2013 to 2015 who won the PWHL Championship in 2014 and was the runner up team in 2015. Emily received a full ride scholarship to attend Merrimack College (Hockey East, NCAA Division 1) located in North Andover, MA. She competed with Merrimack from its inaugural year in 2015/16 to 2019.
During her four years as a Warrior, she was an integral part of the Warriors on both sides of the puck, proving herself as an elite playmaker and defensive centremen. She finished in the top 20 of all Hockey East skaters for faceoff wins and was a key component to the Warriors success in their own end.
Emily kicked off her coaching career as an assistant coach with the U13A London Devilettes in the 2019-20 season. She was then an assistant coach with the U13AA Whitby Wolves for the 2020-21 season and is currently an assistant coach with the U15AA Whitby Wolves team.
Emily also completed her master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at Western University from 2019-2021 and now works for Ernst and Young LLP. in Toronto.
Emily can be reached at [email protected]
Katelyn started her career playing for the Clarington Flames from 2000-2012. She participated in the 2015 Ontario Winter Games where she won bronze with Team Apps. After her U15 year she made the switch to play for the U18 Whitby Wolves and then eventually the U22 Junior Wolves. Was a member of the PWHL Championship team in 2014 as well as the runner up team in 2015. In her final year with the Junior Wolves, she won a provincial bronze medal. During her time with the U22 Junior Wolves she was invited to the 2014 Team Canada U-18 Strength and Conditioning Camp and Selection Camp. Katelyn received a full ride scholarship to attend Merrimack College (Hockey East, NCAA Division 1) located in North Andover, MA and competed with Merrimack from its inaugural year in 2015/16 to 2019.
During her career at Merrimack she had 71 goals and 42 assists, totalling 113 points. She became the first player in Merrimack history to score as well as the first to hit the 100 point milestone. She was a Hockey East first team All-Star in her senior season as well as an All New England Team Honoree. She was drafted into the NWHL to the Connecticut Whale in 2019, but ultimately decided to play with the PWHPA in the 2019/20 season.
After Merrimack, she played with the PWHPA (Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association), while coaching with the U18 AA Whitby Wolves team in the 2019-20 season. After one season with the U18AA Wolves, she then was an assistant coach with the U15AA Whitby Wolves and is currently an assistant coach with the U18AA Whitby Wolves team.
Katelyn then completed her bachelor’s of education at Ontario Tech (2020-2021) and now works for KPRDSB.
Katelyn can be reached at [email protected]