HOCKEY HEROES
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What first drew you to play hockey?

“My mother managed the rink in my hometown, so growing up I was always at the rink with her. My brother also played so watching him play and listening to him talk about how much he loved it sparked my interest.”

What is it that you love about the sport?

“I love the competition and the feeling I get before an important game. I also value the bonds and memories you make with teammates and coaches. They are irreplaceable.”

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

“Growing up I started off playing in O’Leary Minor Hockey from Novice to Peewee then played for Western Wind in Bantam and Midget.”

What notable teams have you played on?

“Team PEI, the 2011 Canada Games team, and the UPEI Panthers for 5 years.”

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

Winning Provincials in my grade 11 year
Finishing 7th at Canada Games
Winning an AUS championship in my first year with UPEI

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

“Winning AUS in my rookie year at UPEI. That year we were underdogs to win and I will never forget playing in front of a packed rink and the feeling I had when we won.”

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

“My parents: they were always so supportive in every way possible, be it taking me to the rink for practices or games or making me a pre-game meal, and they were always able to keep me grounded and put things in perspective when I couldn’t do that for myself. If I was mad and frustrated they would always remind me how fortunate I was to be able to play the sport I love.”

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

“I plan to play on the Junior Varsity team at UPEI in the Island Women’s Hockey League (IWHL). I also just finished coaching the Under 18 female Provincial Team who competed at the Atlantic Challenge Cup. This was my first real coaching experience and I would love to continue coaching in some way. I also am regularly involved and asked to help with hockey sessions, camps and practices for females.”

What is your favourite hockey team?

“I don’t really have a favourite NHL team, so I am going to be extremely biased and say my favourite team is the UPEI Women’s Hockey Team.”

Who have been your biggest “Hockey Heroes”?

“Growing up I always admired Hayley Wickenheiser.”

What is one of your favourite hockey memories?

“One of my favourite memories was winning a provincial championship in grade 11. Again, that year we were a huge underdog team and were down 1-0 going into the third period, and managed to come back and win 2-1. Winning a game like that in front of a home crowd is something I will never forget.”

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?

“I think young girls should look up to local hockey players such as Shannon MacAulay, Nicole Corcoran and numerous others who are great examples of successful hockey players who have stayed humble and continue to give back to their communities in whatever way they can.”

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

“I think hockey is an excellent way to keep girls active and involved. The sport not only promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle, but it teaches so many life skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Hockey teaches you to work as a team, communicate, battle through adversity and to be a leader, to list a few. I know that without hockey I would not be where I am today and I am very thankful for everything the sport has taught me.”

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

“My advice for young girls would be to always work hard and make sure you are enjoying yourself. Regardless of how your team is doing on the ice you are making memories that will last forever. Enjoy every second you are on the ice and with your team because they will be some of the best times of your life.”

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