League’s top scorer named Player of the Year
It’s only appropriate that Julia Mings played for the combined Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey team — affectionately known as “CASH”— because when it came to scoring goals during this season, the 2016-17 All-Bee Girls Hockey Player of the Year was money.
Mings, a senior from Sweet Home and a six-year member of the varsity team, led the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation with 33 goals and 56 points. Coach Nicola Adimey noted that Mings, who was a First Team All-Bee all-star last winter, “really has been one of the top scorers around for the past three seasons.”
“Julia can score some amazing and beautiful goals,” Adimey said. “She really made things happen for us this year. She can score against any team and any goalie in the league. And she’s the nicest kid too, which makes it even sweeter. She has absolutely no ego and is always positive.
“This is a nice recognition for her for sure,” Adimey continued. “We haven’t had a true goalie in a few years — which isn’t any of the girls’ fault — so a lot of the time we’re in the middle of the standings because we have the talented girls elsewhere on the ice, girls like Julia.”
Adimey has relished watching Mings blossom as both a player and a person over her four-year stint coaching the squad. She knew right away that even as an eighth grader, Mings had the talent to more than hang with the best in the league. By her senior season, Mings had become one of the league’s marquee players that others could aspire to model their game after.
“Julia’s certainly become faster in my time with the team, but even going back to eighth grade, you can see that she already had that drive that, once she gets close to the net, you could see she was going to be dangerous,” Adimey said. “She’s got the speed, she’s got great hands, she’s got a hard shot and she has an eye for where to put the puck. She can score all different kinds of ways too; she does like the backhand and putting it under the crossbar — that really makes goalies move — but she can score a ton of different ways. She has a ton of assists from setting up her teammates too.”
Mings always seemed to have a knack for scoring in the biggest situations, like when she scored twice in the semifinals against Williamsville. She also seemed to particularly thrive when lined up against Lancaster/ Depew/Iroquois this winter, tallying a combined 12 goals in the two times Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home took on Lancaster/Depew/ Iroquois.
Those outbursts helped her become just the second player ever in league history to finish with more than 100 career goals after ending up with 104.
“You just can’t replace a girl like her,” Adimey said. “Her attitude, alone, will be impossible to replace. She would always try to say something encouraging before the game in the locker room and after the game too. She always wanted to be the one to make a difference, and she was the hardest on herself. We’ll just do what we can moving forward to make her proud.”