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Samantha Holmes-Domagala
Position Forward

New Hampshire Wildcats
Brampton Thunder
Calgary Oval X-Treme
Strathmore Rockies
Born June 23 1977 (1977-06-23) (age 39),
Mississauga, Ontario
Pro Career 1996 – present
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Women's ice hockey
Four Nations Cup
Gold 2000 United States Tournament
Gold 2004 United States Tournament

Samantha Holmes (born June 23, 1977) played for the Canadian National women's ice hockey team from 2000 to 2005.[1] She is also the founder of the Strathmore Rockies ice hockey team.

Early lifeEdit

Her part in women's hockey history was related to an activist role. As a child she attended the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary. Upon her arrival, she was disappointed to learn that there would not be a women’s hockey tournament. After the games she began a letter writing campaign to get women involved in women’s ice hockey. She began by writing a letter to her local newspaper She proceeded by writing to Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion[2], Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Playing careerEdit

Holmes played NCAA hockey for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey program. On January 19, 2000, the Wildcats played an exhibition game against the United States national women's team. Although the Wildcats lost 8-2, Holmes scored both goals for the Wildcats.[3] During the 2000-01 NWHL season, she competed for the Brampton Thunder.[4]

She moved to Calgary in June 2002 and played hockey for the Calgary Oval X-Treme. She competed in two international tournaments for her country, but never participated in the Olympics. Holmes played for the X-Treme when they competed in the 2003 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship (held on March 16, 2003). Holmes scored two goals to secure a 6-3 win for the X-Treme and the Abby Hoffman Cup.[5]

After she left the Oval X-Treme, she formed her own team. Her team was the Strathmore Rockies and they joined the Western Women's Hockey League. The idea stemmed from the fact that there were many elite hockey players in Calgary, but not all of them had the opportunity to play for the Oval X-Treme. Holmes also handled the day-to-day tasks of running the Strathmore team. Part of her accomplishments included player scouting, sponsorship and marketing campaigns to operate the team. She is also captain of the Rockies and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Holmes runs local skills clinics in Calgary for young women's players.[6]

JoanSnyder 2011

From left, Bobbi-Jo Slusar, Team Alberta player, Samantha Holmes-Domagala, GM of Team Alberta, Dan O’Neill, Winsport Canada president, Joan Snyder, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, former national team member, and Danielle Goyette, former national team member, pose after Snyder donated $2 million to women’s hockey.

Career statsEdit

Hockey CanadaEdit

Event Games Goals Assists Points PIM
2000 Four Nations Cup 4 02212
2004 Four Nations Cup 4 00010
2004 National Women's Festival 2 3032


Year Team Games played Goals Assists Points Penalty Minutes
2007-08 Strathmore Rockies 22 5 4 9 16
2008-09 Strathmore Rockies 19 3 3 6 30
2009-10 Strathmore Rockies 13 5 3 8 16


Awards and honorsEdit

  • 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team selection[8]


In July 2012, Holmes gave birth to a baby girl named Dyllan.


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