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Canadian teen makes history as first-ever woman skater drafted into the WHL

15-year-old Chloe Primerano is now the first female skater drafted into the Canadian Hockey League. Primerano, who is based in North Vancouver, was selected by the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Vancouver Giants in their prospects draft this year. The WHL, coupled with the Ontario and Quebec Junior Leagues, all make up the Canadian Hockey League—AKA the top level of junior hockey in the country. Talk about a *huge* feat!

Hockey has been Primerano's passion for as long as she can remember. She told CBC News that she's been on skates since she was 3 years old. Now, she's excited to inspire little girls who have the same dreams. "It takes a lot of sacrifices to get up early, stay up late, just put in the extra work, but it's going to be all worth it," Primerano said in an interview.

Not only is Primerano totally wowing on the ice—she's also making a great impression outside of the rink. Richard Matvichuk, hockey director of the Burnaby Winter Club (where Primerano has trained for the past two years) spoke to CBC News about why Primerano is the *perfect* person to fill these historic shoes—or, more fittingly, skates.

Matvichuk described her as "humble," "hardworking" and "deserving," highlighting Primerano's "amazing leadership qualities." He shared, "Her work ethic and her determination to get better every day not just made her better, but her teammates better."

We're *so* rooting for Primerano's success, and we can't wait to see what she does next on the rink! Sounds like more amaze achievements just might be in her future.

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by By Samara Smukler | 6/3/2022