An 11-year-old female goaltender in the English Ice Hockey Association posted one of the most incredible shutouts you’ll ever see. Facing more than 25 shots — most of which were Grade ‘A’ chances — Emma Nichols turned away every attempt and led her team to a 3-0 victory. She even earned praise from the EIHL’s Cardiff Devils.
If the “Like A Girl” campaign that Team USA women’s standout Hilary Knight was promoting earlier this season is looking for a new face, maybe they should give 11-year-old Emma Nichols a call.
As part of the English Ice Hockey Association’s Inter Conference Tournament, Nichols’ South East squad took on Midlands back on May 3 and the young netminder turned away more than 25 shots in the victory. But it’s not that Nichols turned away so many shots. It’s how she stopped the pucks. From sprawling, desperation saves to a few flashes of the leather, Nichols was far and away the star of the game. Check it out:
(Thanks to InGoal Magazine for first posting the video)
When the game came to a close, Nichols had led her team to a 3-0 shutout victory. Stephen Dowson, the voice you hear calling the game, had this to say after the game:
Just called one of the standout performances in the @EIHAConference from u11’s keeper Emma Nicols. A superb 25+ shot shutout for southeast.
— Stephen Dowson (@thedows) May 3, 2015
It wasn’t just Dowson she wowed, however. The EIHL’s Cardiff Devils heard about the performance and made sure to give Emma, and her future agent, something to think about:
To 11 year old British netminder Emma Nichol’s agent, give us a call in 10 years… https://t.co/PcqlYa1fNq
— Cardiff Devils (@cardiffdevils) May 15, 2015
Congratulations, Emma, and we hope you stick with it. Who knows, in six or seven years, we might be seeing a new female star emerging on the world stage and we can all say we remember when.