HOCKEY HEROES
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What first drew you to play hockey?

“My older brother played hockey, which had me around the rinks at very young age, and after watching my brother I was easily convinced to try lacing up the skates myself.”

What is it that you love about the sport?

“There isn’t much not to love, since the sport has impacted my life so much. It’s the passion within the game, and the culture that is created around it. It is a part of my identity now as I have taken so many life skills and lessons away from hockey. Not to mention the life long friendships and memories I have made.”

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

“The Pownal Minor Hockey and the Hockey PEI Program of Excellence.”

What notable teams have you played on?

The Pownal Red Devils
Warner Warriors
Team PEI Canada Winter Games
Team Atlantic
Team Canada U-18
Team Canada Development
Clarkson Golden Knights
Brampton Thunder

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

U-18 world championships 2012 – Team Canada
National Championship Title 2014 – Clarkson University
5 Nations Cup Champions – 2015 & 2016 Team Canada Development

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

“Winning an NCAA national championship with Clarkson in 2014. It was a huge accomplishment for our team being the first and only ever in the ECAC and at Clarkson, as well as defeating the undefeated Minnesota Gophers. It was extra special because of the investment.”

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

“No one particular person, several people had an influence on my career in different ways, mainly my family, teammates, and coaches. My family always supported me in reaching my goals and my teammates and coaches challenged and pushed me to be my best everyday.”

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

“I am still playing hockey myself in the CWHL, for the Brampton Thunder. I am currently working at “Journey to Excel” a high performer hockey program in Toronto, as a strength and conditioning coach. I plan to continue to run an annual female Hockey Camp in PEI. I would also like to coach at a high level some day.”

What is your favourite hockey team?

“For women it’s the Clarkson Golden Knights, for men, the Montreal Canadians.”

Who have been your biggest “Hockey Heroes”?

“Cassie Campbell and Marie Philip Poulin.”

What is one of your favourite hockey memories?

“Some of my best hockey memories as a child were the weekend tournaments off Island. Whether it was with Pownal or spring hockey, the excitement of getting to miss a day of school, the road trip with your teammates, staying in a hotel, and playing hockey against teams from away. There was nothing better!”

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?

“Marie Philip Poulin and Natalie Spooner. They are both down to earth people, and tremendous role models too any young female hockey player. Their work ethic both on and off the ice is inspiring to any female athlete. Not to mention they go above and beyond to promote the game.”

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

“I think it is important because not only is it a great sport to stay active and pursue a healthy life style, but there is the social aspect of the game as well that is huge in the development of young girls as a person. Another important reason is because hockey can promote so many great opportunities. For example representing your province or country, having your post secondary education paid for, playing professionally etc.”

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

“Never be discouraged playing hockey or trying it. It’s the perfect amount of competitiveness and fun, and it is a game for girls.”

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