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Nauboris returns to Ridgebacks hockey program as assistant coach


Former Ontario Tech captain Kassidy Nauboris has traded in her skates for a whistle, officially joining the women’s hockey coaching staff as the program’s first full-time assistant coach.
Nauboris finished her five-year career as a Ridgeback earning numerous recognitions, as well as setting several program records. In her final season at the “Dog Pound” she ranked second in the province in league scoring, registering 15 goals and 32 points in 24 games played. Her best regular season performance saw her set new single-season program records for assists (17) and points per game (1.33), as well as tying the Ridgebacks single-season points mark of 32. For her successful season on the ice, she was named Ontario Tech’s 2019 female athlete of the year.
“It’s an honour to be able to come back and work for a program that helped build me and gave me so much,” she said. “The Ridgebacks have always felt like family so it’s amazing to be able to return in this new position and help lead the next generation of players. Having played in the OUA and U SPORTS, I understand first-hand how highly competitive this league is and what is required of our players day in and day out to succeed.”
Over her five seasons, Nauboris was named an OUA first team all-star in 2018-19 and second team all-star in 2016-17. She also sits second in all-time scoring for the program with 46 goals and 46 assists with 92 points.
In addition to her accomplishments within OUA competition, she also became the first Ridgeback to compete internationally in women’s hockey for Team Canada, donning the maple leaf at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade in Russia. Coming home with a silver medal, the first Ridgeback to win a medal at the event, Nauboris appeared in all seven games with Canada, recording one goal and two assists.
“I’m extremely excited to have Kass re-join our program in a full-time coaching role,” said head coach Justin Caruana. “I’m excited to better myself and learn from her and watch our players develop under her as players, students and young women. She did many amazing things for our program as a player and am looking forward to working with her and seeing the amazing things she will do for our players and department as a coach.”
Since her time at Ontario Tech, she played one season of professional hockey in 2019-20 with MAC Budapest in the European Women’s Hockey League (EWHL), where she finished with 11 goals and 23 points in 18 games. The team lost the championship game, earning silver in the final four format.
When the pandemic hit, she decided to go back to school at the University of Winnipeg for athletic therapy, starting to work with hockey teams with RINK Hockey Academy’s U18 men’s and women’s teams. She also worked with a variety of other hockey teams and in other sports during her academic placements.
“I’m eager for the season to begin and to utilize my hockey experience and knowledge in the new assistant coach position.”

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