Hockey runs deep in the Baddock family. Brandon Baddock was a Memorial Cup champion this past season with the Edmonton Oil Kings, and was a sixth round pick with of New Jersey Devils. It was a great year for him, but he wasn’t the only Baddock to be making waves in the hockey world. There was his little sister as well.
Erinn Baddock credits her brothers for the reason she began playing hockey at age five, but since then, the left-shooting forward has carved out a nice little career for herself at the rink. And much like her older brother, she too is getting the experience of hockey life on the road.
Last year, as a Grade 11 student, Baddock spent the year at the Warner Hockey Academy, a school that has a heavy focus on on-ice training as well as education. It was a university experience for the youngest Baddock, who left her family in Vermilion to head to the central Alberta hockey school and travel around the country to play hockey at a high level. As one of only two teams from Alberta, Warner would need to travel to British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and into the United States in order to compete, giving Baddock not only the unique experience of living a hockey life on the road, but also playing some of the best in Canada and the United States.
“It’s neat to see the different players in the U.S. and the different styles of hockey,” said Baddock. “It was a great experience. You do miss a lot of school with being on the road, but being from a smaller school it was easy to catch up. We didn’t have much time at home. It felt like we were always away, but it was a real interesting experience.”
At Warner, as part of the Warner Warriors, who play out of the Junior Women’s Hockey League, Baddock hit the ice for practice Tuesday through Thursday, which also included workouts, and depending on games, practices could be held on Fridays and Saturdays. In 34 games at Warner she tallied five goals and 19 points, while further developing her abilities on the ice in hopes of some day playing at the NCAA or CIS level, or for Team Canada.
She added national experience to her resumé as well when she was a part of the 2013 Alberta U18 team at the National Women’s Under-18 Championship. There, she finished with a bronze medal after defeating Quebec 6-5.
“To play people all over Canada, that was the highest end of hockey I have ever played, so it really opened my eyes,” said Baddock.
Now back from Warner, Baddock has rejoined the major midget team she left, becoming the assistant captain of the Lloydminster PWM Steelers. With hockey academy training behind her, Baddock will be looked heavily upon for leadership on the young Steelers team that wants to make a run for the ESSO Cup at the end of this season. And they will need her intensity if they want to turn around the slow start they have had so far in the season.
“I have been with the programs and know what it is about,” said Baddock. “We have a younger team this year, so just kind of giving them something to look up to and bring the intensity to the team.”
But when the leader needs help, it’s as simple as staying in the family. From an early age she grew up on the outdoor rinks with her brothers, and still to this day is watching what her brother does on the ice with the Oil Kings. From time to time the older brother still checks in on his little sister and watches her play when his time in the WHL allows it, offering up advice on how to improve her game. And sometimes, even she can’t help but give him a few words of advice.
“He tries to give me a few pointers here and there, and I try to do the same,” said Baddock. “But I don’t know how much he takes in.”
There is more than one elite level hockey player in the Baddock family, and the youngest sibling is carving out her own name in the hockey world.