Katelyn Gosling: Returning Home
Canada-USA Rivalry SeriesGreg Bowman
In 2015, the Western Mustangs women’s hockey team went on an absolutely magical run, capturing their first and only National Championship in program history. They breezed their way through the OUA playoffs, capturing the Judy McCaw Cup before dominating Nationals held in Calgary, only giving up one goal in three games.
Teams like that will live on for years after the fact, especially with the talent that was on the roster. Katelyn Gosling was a large part of that championship run, as she was in her fourth year on the blue line of the Western Mustangs. The purple & white’s run to the National Championship may have been the best thing that could have happened to Gosling, as her talent was noticed by professional scouts, which were the beginnings of what has turned into a stellar career after Western.
Gosling was born in London, Ontario where she played for the London Devilettes of the PWHL. She played for three years, with her numbers and role increasing every year. She went from three assists in 34 games in her rookie season, to being named an assistant captain in her second season where she recorded 12 points (2g, 10a), to taking over the captaincy in her final season with 15 points (3g, 12a) in 36 games.
Gosling contemplated going south of the border to play hockey in the NCAA, but elected to stay in the Forest City and play for her hometown Western Mustangs. Her rookie season in 2011-12 saw her get OUA All-Rookie honours after suiting up for 26 games, recording two goals and 11 assists. She would improve in her next year, averaging a point-per-game pace with seven goals and 19 assists, while being named an OUA First Team All-Star and a CIS All-Canadian alongside players like Hayley Wickenheiser-- who was playing for the Calgary Dinos at the time. Her numbers would take a dive in 2013-14--her third season with Western-- as injuries forced her to play in just 18 games. In 2014-15 though, she was an assistant captain that led the Mustangs to the CIS National Championship. She had four goals and 11 assists in 20 games during the regular season, with another five assists in five OUA playoff games. Gosling would don the ‘C’ in her senior season as the Mustangs were trying to get back to national glory. She had four goals and 14 assists in her final year which saw Western get back to Nationals after making it to the OUA Championship game yet again. This time though, they were not the conference champions, and the Mustangs were eliminated in two games. In that 2015-16 season though, Gosling was invited to a Hockey Canada development camp, and was also named to the Canadian Universiade team who won a silver medal at the University Games in Kazakhstan.
In Gosling’s five-year Western Mustangs career, she amassed 83 points in 114 games (20g, 63a), while earning All-Canadian honours three times, OUA First Team All Star honours four times, OUA All-Rookie honours and a CIS National Gold Medal. There’s no surprise that she was recognized by the CWHL, as she was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft to the Calgary Inferno. In three seasons in the CWHL, Gosling has 41 points in 63 games, statistically playing some of the best hockey of her career. She participated in the CWHL All-Star in 2017, while making Team Canada rosters in recent years.
She was named to the Four Nations Cup roster for Team Canada in November, and will now compete for the red and white in the Canada-USA Rivalry Series this month.
Katelyn Gosling is one of the greatest Mustangs to ever wear the purple and white. The name is synonymous with the women’s team, as her sister Cassidy was also a member of the National Championship runs. Brian Gosling, the patriarch of the family, has been the long-time equipment manager of the team.
The Canada-USA Rivalry Series will be a set of three games played between the Canadian and American women’s hockey teams, with stops in Toronto, London and Detroit. London’s game will be on February 12th at Budweiser Gardens with a 7pm puck drop.