The Hockey Indigenous Ambassador Program is a way to give back to the communities and the First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Youth. It’s all about creating a space for Youth to succeed and an opportunity to engage.
Our ambassadors have experience in playing hockey and want to give back to the Indigenous people. We will split our ambassadors to half males and females to make it fair. This information will help show you the outlines of their responsibilities and Benefits. This program will also look for ways to improve Hockey Indigenous as an Organization.
We are looking for enthusiastic players about sharing their hockey experience and looking to inspire other First Nation, Metis, and Inuit youth across Turtle Island. For your convenience, we have partnered up with Verbero Hockey to help enhance our mission and for our Hockey Indigenous Team Store and to create Initiatives.
MEET OUR HOCKEY INDIGENOUS AMBASSADORS
Introducing Owen Headrick, he is Ojibwe from Garden River First Nation, Ontario.
He plays defence for the University of Prince Edward Island of the USports. Owen played his early years in the Soo Thunderbirds system for the U14, U15, and U16 AAA teams prior to joining the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL where he would help capture the NOJHL Title and was named playoffs MVP. Owen Headrick was drafted by the Erie Otters in the 14th round, 261st overall in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. He then pursues his skills where he accepted a scholarship in the NCAA with the Lake Superior State University where he would register 27 points (7G 20A) in 63 games played.
After his tenure in the NCAA, Owen went on to play with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. In his first year with the Otters, Owen accumulated 4 goals, 4 assists for 8 points in 28 games played. He would then help Erie in the playoffs where they would eventually become the 2017 OHL Champions but would fall short in the 2017 Memorial Cup. Owen would finish his OHL Career with 54 points (17G 37A) in 60 games played. He would enter his professional career in a stint of 4 games in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers.
He would play and enroll at the University of Prince Edward Island and land a spot on the Panthers squad. Owen Would amass 18 goals, 36 assists for 54 points in 58 games played. He would then become the UPEI MVP Men’s hockey squad. Outside of hockey, Owen is in the Applied Communications, Leadership and Culture program at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Introducing Brooke Stacey, she is Mohawk from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec.
She plays Forward for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL. Brooke played for four years with the University of Maine of the NCAA. While she played with Maine in the NCAA Division, she registered 41 goals, 46 assists for 87 points in 134 games played. Additionally, Brooke also played for Team Eastern Door and the North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships where she also was featured as one of the youngest to play at 13.
Brooke Represented Team Canada at the U18 at the National Cup and won gold. She also played in Sweden at the SDHL for the Linköping HC. In her professional career at the NWHL, Brooke has recorded a remarkable 17 points (8 goals and 9 assists) in 20 games played.
Outside of hockey, Brooke studied sociology at the University of Maine while playing Hockey at the same time. She has expressed an interest in working towards a career in criminal investigation with a specific interest in the area of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She aspires to be a role model for new moms, showing that it is possible to compete at the highest level even after a couple of months postpartum
Introducing Damien Ketlo, he is Dakelh from Carrier First Nation, British Columbia.
Damien brings a tremendous amount of experience from his hockey career while playing the position of goaltender. Ketlo was drafted in the 10th round, 203rd overall in the 2006 WHL Bantam draft by the Regina Pats. He played a season with the Caribou Cougars of the BC U18 and one season with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL.
Ketlo played a respectable four seasons in the WHL between the Regina Pats and the Lethbridge Hurricanes where he would have a record of 55 wins, 75 loses, 15 OTL, 2 shutouts while posting a .892 SV% and 3.73 GAA. He would go on to make his professional debut with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL for 3 games. He then made the decision to join the Lethbridge Pronghorns Men's University Team in the CIS(Now USports) league suiting up in 69 games. In his final year of hockey, Ketlo Would play for the Sydney Ice Dogs in the Australian Ice Hockey League. He would finish the year with 12 wins, 16 losses, 2 shutouts, and posting a .924 SV% and a 2.77 GAA while being named the AIHL goaltender of the year!
Outside of hockey, Damien is a musician as he plays the drums, guitar, and singer. He's part of the Kedah Clan, the original name is Kedutl’oh, a hip-hop music group with two brothers, a sister, and a cousin. As for a fun fact, he also participated in the well-known show "Big Brother Canada" in season 7 where he placed 6th place.
Introducing Jana Headrick, she is Ojibway from Garden River First Nation, Ontario.
She plays defencemen for the University of New Brunswick Reds of the USports. She played with the Sault Ste Marie Wildcats association for 8 years playing in the atom minor division to 2nd-year midget. As for her last year in midget, she moved to North Bay, ON to play with the North Bay Ice Boltz AA. She also competed in the LNHL since she was 4 years old for her home community and Batchewana.
Additionally, Jana played for Team Ontario at the NAHC for three years helping them to silver medals in 2014, 2015 & 2016. Her other siblings also play competitive hockey. Before joining the University of New Brunswick, she also played for the University of Toronto Varsity Blue of the CIS for four years. She helped capture the 2019-20 OUA title, the Blues earned the conference silver medal in 2018-19.
Jana has completed her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Toronto. She is currently enrolled with the University of New Brunswick for her Masters's degree program in Sports and Recreation studies.