Photo : Lori Bolliger
The Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association (PWHPA) is heading to Canada’s capital for the third stop of the 2021-22 Secret® Dream Gap Tour. Officially titled the Sonnet Showcase, the event will take place in Ottawa on February 26-27 at the Steve Yzerman Arena.
Meet the team and see them in action:
In case this is your first introduction to Team Sonnet, the roster includes several talented and well-known women hockey players – check out the team’s
What does the PWHPA bring to the world of professional sports?
The PWHPA brings change to the world of professional sports. Like many other female sport associations in the past (and present), the PWHPA stands for growing the game by providing equal opportunities for the highest level female athletes. Through our partners' support, we have been able to showcase our talented members all over Canada and the United States and give viewers an idea of just how elite women’s hockey is.
What sets the PWHPA apart?
The PWHPA sets itself apart by having committed players who believe in the process of growing the game and want to create a viable league for future female hockey players.
How do you feel about the development of the PWHPA so far?
I believe the development of the PWHPA continues to grow. The strides that have been taken since the association began in 2019 are significant and continue to push the game of women's hockey to a new level.
What can people expect from the Kipling Showcase?
The Kipling Showcase is going to be a weekend of exciting competitive hockey. Every time we get the opportunity to play in a showcase, we understand what is on the line for the growth of women’s hockey. This is something we as players take a lot of pride in, and we'll make sure that everyone in attendance will be entertained and will want to come back and catch more action.
What was the toughest challenge you had to overcome as an athlete?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome as an athlete was having bilateral hip surgery in 2015. It took me out of the game for 581 days. Being sidelined as an athlete is one of the most difficult things to experience, but I genuinely believe it made me stronger and made me fall more in love with the game.
What’s been a career highlight for you so far?
A career highlight for me was getting to the Frozen Four my senior year at Ohio State. We had a great team that year and honestly, being in that professional environment at the tournament made it even more enjoyable of an experience. Although the outcome wasn’t what we had hoped for, playing in those games and finishing off my career at Ohio State like that will always hold a special place in my heart.
How can we encourage more girls to get into playing hockey?
I firmly believe that we can encourage more young girls to be involved in hockey by making it more accessible to them. Whether that be by having more games that are available for them to come watch us play as a part of the PWHPA, or hosting more community days where we allow players to get involved with us and see who we are beyond the ice. Connecting with young girls across the country will be the most direct way for us to make an impact.
What advice would you give to girls who want to get into hockey?
My advice to young girls that want to get into hockey is first and foremost, to get skates and try it. It’s a wonderful game. Second off, always have fun. The game of hockey, at this stage in my career, can almost seem more like a job sometimes than the game I fell in love with. I often take moments to remind myself why I started playing. So for all those out there who want to get involved, do so and don’t be shy to make new friends. My closest friends have come from this sport and I am so thankful for that.