Maggy Burbidge fourth Colonial to find new home at St. Francis Xavier


Maggy Burbidge has transferred to St. Francis Xavier. Photo Credit: Nathan Breisinger

Owen Krepps

Despite the abrupt and out-of-the-blue change that was the cancellation of RMU men’s and women’s hockey, student-athletes have \slowly but surely transfer to keep their dreams of playing hockey alive.

Up until this point, we had only seen three student-athletes transfer all coming from the women’s hockey team. Lexi Templeman, Raygan Kirk, and Emily Curlett are all heading to Ohio State.

Today, women’s hockey clutch goal scorer Maggy Burbidge joins the list transferring to St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia. StFX competes under the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference and has won the most AUS championships with 11 titles.

A Nova Scotia native, Burbidge was a sniper for the Colonials and most famously scored the overtime winner against Mercyhurst this past season to punch RMU’s ticket to the CHA Final. Burbidge won the CHA’s playoff MVP award adding to her status of already being a CHA rookie all-star from the season prior.

In two seasons and a combined 60 games, Burbidge scored 32 points with 16 of them being goals. She is a clutch winger with a great shot and good skating instincts. Coming back to her home province of Nova Scotia, she will reunite with many of her former teammates from her days playing juniors, high school, and for Team Nova Scotia.

“When we saw that Maggy was going to become available, we reached out to her immediately,” said St. Francis Xavier head coach Ben Berthiaume. “We were extremely happy to hear that Maggy had serious interest and that she had many of the same goals and character traits that we look for when recruiting players.”

With St. Francis Xavier being outside of the NCAA as well as the recent NCAA rulings due to COVID-19, Burbidge will have four years of eligibility with StFX. She plans on studying psychology and studying education and thankfully has a new home.

51 athletes remain that have been left without a home due to RMU’s cancellation of the hockey programs. For more coverage on all of these stranded players, stick here with Colonial Sports Network.