HOCKEY HEROES
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What first drew you to play hockey?

“I was raised in a soccer playing family, so I was never really exposed to the game until my best friend, Lauren Clark, started playing. Her and I did everything together, so I decided to try the sport out myself and fell in love with it almost immediately.”

What is it that you love about the sport?

“Through sport, I have been afforded so many unbelievable opportunities and experiences. Hockey has allowed me to meet a lot of my best friends today. It has matured me at a young age, taught me valuable life skills, and showed me how to be a leader.”

Which PEI Hockey League(s) were you a part of growing up?

“I played Male AAA hockey from second year Atom all the way through to my third-year Midget which I am in now, all with the Charlottetown Minor Hockey Association.”

What notable teams have you played on?

Team Atlantic 2015

Team PEI 2010-2016

Male AAA Hockey with the Charlottetown Abbies (2010-2017)

Are there any awards or championships that you have won in your career that you are particularly proud of?

Hockey PEI’s Female Player of the Year in 2014
Provincial Titles Bantam AAA (2014)
PeeWee AAA (2012)

WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR PROUDEST MOMENTS FROM YOUR HOCKEY CAREER?

“Being invited to my first Team Canada under18 camp as an underage player in 2015.”

In what way are you still involved in hockey? What are your “hockey plans” for the future?

“I’m currently still playing minor hockey in Charlottetown right now, but I am committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2017-2022 seasons to play Division 1 NCAA hockey, and I hope to play professional hockey (CWHL or NWHL) after my college career is over! Hockey has become a part of who I am, so I think that I will always stay connected to the game in some way, even if it’s not through playing.”

What is your favourite hockey team?

“Montreal Canadiens.”

Who have been your biggest “Hockey Heroes”?

“Drew MacIntyre has been a very positive role model for me, and is one of the most professional, classy athletes I’ve have ever met. He’s been a PEI goalie that has excelled at the professional level, which has inspired many island kids. Shannon Szabados has also been one of my “Hockey Heroes”. She’s been a pioneer for females in the male game, and has shown girls all over Canada that girls can compete alongside the boys.”

What is one of your favourite hockey memories?

“One of my favorite Canadian hockey moments was watching the Canadian Women comeback and beat the U.S. in the Sochi 2014 Gold Medal game. On a personal level, the day that I got my first invitation to a National Team Camp is easily my favourite hockey memory. I had absolutely no clue that it was a possibility whatsoever, and was the best surprise of my life!”

Who are some inspiring female hockey players today (or from the past) that you feel young girls can look up to and who have inspired you?

“Shannon MacAulay is a very inspiring figure for local female hockey players. She has shown girls in PEI that even though they are from a small place, they can still make an impact on the National stage. Jill Saulnier is a N.S. born player, who has an impressive collegiate and national team career, is now considered a Canadian Olympic Team prospect. Shannon Szabados is a great mentor for young female goalies, as she has definitely changed how people look at female hockey players.”

Why do you think it is important for girls to play hockey?

“Hockey is so much more than just a sport, it builds leaders, friendships, teaches life skills, and provides opportunities. Hockey is Canada’s game and we are on the brink of making major headway in professional women’s hockey, something that will expand and grow our game even more.”

What advice do you have for girls playing, or thinking about playing hockey?

“Take every opportunity to learn, to experience, and to grow. Set goals and push boundaries. Embrace challenges, win with humility and learn from defeat.”

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