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'Couldn't be more proud': Newmarket recognizes golden hockey star

Abby Lunney formally recognized after helping Team Canada win gold medal
Town council recognize local hockey player Abby Lunney after she helped Team Canada to a gold medal in hockey this month. From left, Victor Woodhouse, Grace Simon, Bob Kwapis, Mayor John Taylor, Abby Lunney, Jane Twinney, Kelly Broome, Trevor Morrison.

Newmarket town council formally recognized gold medal hockey star Abby Lunney in its chambers today.

Lunney visited council, wearing the gold medal she earned as part of Team Canada’s team for the U18 women’s worlds championships in Sweden this month. Lunney scored in the gold medal final versus the host country, which Canada won 10-0.

Newmarket Mayor John Taylor said it was great to have Lunney and her family there.

“We couldn’t be more proud of what you accomplished,” he said, adding that Lunney sets a positive example “for all these young boys and girls in the community, whether they play hockey or another sport.” 

She lives and grew up in Holland Landing, but was born in Newmarket and attends school at Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School in Newmarket. She currently played in the Central York Girls Hockey Association, based in Aurora.

Taylor said she has been well-entwined in the community and the Lunney family is a “sports dynasty” in town.

Lunney expressed appreciation for the recognition, which Taylor said was the first in-person recognition in council chambers since the beginning of the pandemic.

The day also happened to be Lunney’s birthday. Council, staff and family sang Happy Birthday to Lunney.

Taylor said they will continue to follow her career, which will see her play at Nippissing University next season. 

“Dedication, perseverance and hard work can lead to incredible things,” Taylor said. “Best of luck.”