Q: Where are you from and where do you currently live?
A: I am from Salem, New Hampshire and currently live at the University of Wisconsin.
Q: What team do you play for and what position do you play?
A: I play for the University of Wisconsin and I play defense.
Q: At the age of 19, how did it feel to play on the biggest stage at the 2022 Beijing Olympics with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team?
A: Looking back at it, it still doesn’t feel real. It’s a very special experience that I will never forget, one that I don’t take lightly and value so deeply.
Q: With being on the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, you have had the opportunity to play with veterans like Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker. How has that made you a better player?
A: Playing alongside some of those veterans has been quite the experience, constantly learning from them, seeing how hard they work everyday, how they carry themselves on and off the ice, what it takes to be at this level, and to continue to thrive on such a competitive team. These are some of the many things I’ve learned in the short amount of time I’ve been a part of the National Team.
Q: Is there a certain player who you look up to and have drawn inspiration from?
A: I would say Megan Keller is someone I look up to and continue to be inspired by always. Her game is so mature, skilled, smart, and strong. She’s so effective in all areas on the ice, she really does everything so well and knows how to read the game at such a high level. She’s someone I am constantly learning from and trying to add aspects of her game to mine.
Q: Who is the toughest player and/or team that you have faced?
A: Toughest player I’ve competed against I would say would have to be Poulin, she’s so elusive, smart, and fast. She is very hard to knock off the puck, she’s constantly moving making it hard to track her. The toughest team I’ve played against would have to be Team Canada.
Q: What’s the biggest lesson you have taken from your athletic career that translates into everyday life?
A: To never give up, no matter how hard things get. When you are down a couple goals or going through a slump, you have to be able to see that things will get better. Trust in yourself and in your team that things won’t always be this way, you can overcome anything.
Q: Why did you choose to play hockey?
A: I chose to play hockey because of my older brother. I wanted to be just like him and follow in his footsteps.
Q: Do you have any hockey career highlights, accomplishments, or favorite memories?
A: My favorite memory in hockey so far in the past year would have to be the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Walking with your country united with your arms around one another, as the flag is being waved, instant chills. Hockey specific memory would have to be winning gold at the 2020 u18 World Championships in Slovakia!
Q: What’s your connection with TSR?
A: I’ve gone to TSR for years. My dad used to take me as a little girl, playing at Top Gun right around the corner from TSR made it easy to get my skates done before practices and games. I’ve come to create a lot of great relationships with the staff and appreciate all the efforts they have made over the years to help me get where I am.
Q: Any advice for younger athletes or those who want to start playing hockey?
A: Have fun, enjoy what you do, and work hard. Those are the three things I would say and live by myself to this day.