HOCKEY HEROES
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What first drew you to play hockey?

“My brother played when I was younger and all of my friends were into it, so it was the thing to do when I was growing up. Lots of my young female friends played!”

What is it that you love about the sport?

“I love the hockey culture in general. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of: there are good values instilled in the culture, and in that sense it is totally different than any other sport, because it’s more like a family. I’ve also always been drawn to the teamwork and the family feel of a team, so hockey is the perfect fit.”

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

“Pownal for their teams Atom – Bantam and Midget.”

What notable teams have you played on?

Warner School Warriors (The Warner Hockey School)
Castleton Spartans (Castleton University)
The Brewster Academy girls’ ice hockey program in New Hampshire

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

Being named 2016 CCM Second-Team All-American
When the Castleton Spartans were nationally ranked 6th (last year)
Winning the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) Championship in 2010 with the Warner Hockey School

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

“This past season, Castleton, beat a huge rival we had never in the history of the program. We ended up beating them one-nothing. That day everyone on our team left every ounce of energy they had on the ice, and thankfully it reflected on the score board! It was definitely a huge accomplishment.”

Who has been someone that has had a major influence on your hockey career?

“First of all my parents. They have always shown me support from day one in everything I do. Also my Castleton coach Steph Moberg. She believed in me even before I really believed in myself. She also really helped me improve my mental game, which I think is a huge part of why I have been able to be successful in the sport.”

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

“This year I am goalie coaching with Castleton team, and I’m excited to be the director of women’s hockey for a new recruiting website called Neutral Zone, which is really great for developing women’s hockey. I definitely hope to remain active in the sport by coaching, and I’d like to return to PEI to volunteer as much as I can in the hockey community.”

What is your favourite hockey team?

“I’ve got to say the Brampton Thunder – my best friend Shannon MacAulay plays on that team!”

Who have been your biggest “Hockey Heroes”?

“I’d have to go with Sami Jo Small. She was a 3 time Olympian goalie, and I got to meet her a few times when I was younger. I really looked up to her hard work and commitment to the Olympics, even though she didn’t always get to start, which is pretty cool.”

What is one of your favourite hockey memories?

“This past season, our quarter final game was the last game I would ever play on Castleton’s home ice. That game we had the record breaking number of fans to attend a Castleton home game in program history. It was such an unbelievable feeling playing in front of a packed rink with all of that support. We won 3-0 and literally played flawless. I can remember taking that last look at the fans, it’s a great memory.”

Who are some inspiring female hockey players today that you feel young girls can look up to and who have inspired you?

“Definitely Sami Jo Small!”

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

“When you play hockey you join this community, it’s like a family, and there’s nothing better. There are so many great lessons and life skills to be learned about values, commitment, dealing with adversity, teamwork, it’s really a no brainer! Hockey is definitely something I couldn’t imagine my life without – I’ve made so many connections. When you play hockey, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

What advice do you have for girls playing hockey?

“I’d say make every ice time worth it. All the little things you do every day in practice add up and pay off! It may not seem like doing an extra lap every day will make a difference, but it does. Work your hardest every time and appreciate every moment. Make every second on the ice matter.”

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