After lacing up her first pair of skates at the age of five, and one year of figure skating, Cassie Campbell started her minor hockey career at the age of 7 with the Ramapo Saints in New Jersey, USA, while her family was located there for almost three years. During this time in her career Cassie Campbell played hockey with the boys and in fact in her first season the boys on her team did not know she was a girl until at the end of the year she showed up to a team swimming party with obviously a different bathing suit on! The only other girl in Ramapo Saints was named Jennifer, and she played on Cassie’s older brother Jeff’s team.
When Cassie Campbell moved back to Brampton, Ontario at the age of 9, she immediately began playing with the Brampton Canadettes, which was the largest girl’s hockey association in the World at the time! Cassie Campbell played several years with the Canadettes, at both forward and defense. Throughout these years, Cassie and her teammates entered many tournaments and participated in many provincial championships. Her favorite memories from her minor hockey days came during those travel tournaments where she and her teammates got to stay in hotels and swim in the hotel pools.
Cassie Campbell continued to play in Brampton until after her first year of Midget hockey, when she moved to the Mississauga Chiefs organization. As a 17 year old, Cassie played for the ‘Intermediate A’ team with the Chiefs. This team played in the ‘Senior’ division despite being of younger age and competed well in that league. Cassie Campbell was lucky to have so many great coaches, but having her mom (Eunice) around to coach was so much fun.
At the age of 18, Cassie Campbell started to play with the ‘Senior’ Women’s team with the Chiefs – while at the same time, she was also playing her first of 4 1/2 seasons with the varsity women’s team at the University of Guelph. Cassie Campbell was a captain at the University of Guelph for 2 seasons and enjoyed winning her only OWIAA championship in 1995 against the University of Toronto Blues who were loaded with National team players. Cassie also enjoyed her coach from the University of Guelph Sue Scherer who was the first ever captain of Canada’s Women’s Team for the inaugural World Championship in 1990. Cassie Campbell credits Sue among many other coaches like Ken Dufton and Rick Osbourne for helping her get to the National team for the first time n 1994, after being cut from the National team as a 16 and 18 year old on two previous try-outs.
In 1995 Cassie Campbell participated in her first ever Esso National Championship and finished fourth with Team Ontario (Mississauga Chiefs).
Cassie Campbell credits her minor hockey experience as a definite building block for her success as both a hockey player and as a person! Cassie learned many of life’s valuable lessons from playing minor hockey.