Q: Where are you from?
A: South Alabama, in a little town called Andalusia.
Q: What team do you play for?
A: I currently play for three different teams in three separate leagues: Team Azul in the Women’s Hockey League of Boston, The Ms. Conducts, and the Space Cadets in the PPHL Co-ed league.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I am a Physical Therapist at Steward Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Q: Did you attend a University or College and what was your major?
A: Yes, I attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama where I received a Bachelor’s in Health Science and a Master’s of Physical Therapy.
Q: Why did you choose to play hockey and how did you get involved with the sport?
A: While living in Huntsville, Alabama, I attended many of the University of Alabama in Huntsville games with a friend. I would watch in amazement thinking I want to do this, but there were limited opportunities in Alabama. Due to work I relocated to New Mexico, and that is where I started skating. I remember the skating instructor wanted me to learn how to skate in figure skates, but I refused to do that because I wanted to play hockey. A hockey coach saw me skating and invited me to an intro to hockey class. It wasn't until 2008, when I relocated to Massachusetts, that I played my first hockey game.
Q: What’s the biggest lesson you have taken from your athletic career that translates into everyday life?
A: When you fall down (and you will) get back up and back into the game.
Q: Why do you enjoy playing hockey?
A: Hockey is a fun and exciting game. It’s great exercise that pushes you to be better. It’s also a great way to make friends. My husband and I moved to New England without knowing anyone in the area. We have made so many lifelong friends through hockey.
Q: Do you have any hockey career highlights, accomplishments, or favorite memories?
A: A few years ago my dad came to visit. We watched a Bruins game the night before and I taught him the rules of the game. The next night I had my own game I played in. During the game I got the puck and my dad stood up and yelled “Go Trisch. Defense” with a thick southern accent. Everyone on the ice stopped and looked up at him confused while I skated all the way to the net and scored.
Q: What’s your connection with TSR?
A: TSR is my go-to hockey store. It’s the most convenient, friendly, and affordable shop!
Q: Any advice for younger athletes or those who want to start playing hockey?
A: Start now! If a girl from rural Alabama can play hockey anyone can!