MEET ALICIA WILLIAMS!
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up in Northern Minnesota in a small hockey town, where I spent 10 years as a competitive figure skater before making the transition to hockey. I had recruited myself last minute to Lindenwood-Belleville where I had contacted Kat Hannah via an old teammate and told her to trust me. I never had a plan to pursue hockey or fall so in love with it as I have. I graduated from Lindenwood in 2020 with a degree in Psychology and Mass Communications, as we all know, coviid happened and due to our seasons being cut short, I couldn’t end my career that way.
I began my Masters of Business the following Fall semester at Midland University in Nebraska where I played a 5th year as a graduate student and that was the second-best decision after going to LUB. We ended up beating several team records and made it to the semi-finals at Nationals for the first time in program history, and that being one of the biggest achievements. This last year following my time at Midland, I had contacted my current coach for the ESC Plannegg and after we had talked for a few months and seen me play, he proposed a contract for me to come to play at the highest level of women’s hockey in Europe. I am now living in Munich, Germany where I am experiencing what the hockey world is like on the other side of the world.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I feel that the hockey community is smaller than we think, and I am inspired to be a part of the growth of women in hockey. The platform you have is something I am familiar with as I have listened in on calls with Kat and am also good friends with both Maddy and Kat. They both have a huge part in my success in hockey and I know that this is something I would really like to be involved in as I grow my hockey career.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am mostly looking forward to seeing how Women’s Hockey Life will grow in the upcoming years as more girls and women are informed and get to know the community better. As well as growing with Womens Hockey Life and seeing how I can expand the network.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
A lot of people do not know that I was a competitive skater for longer than I have been involved in hockey.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
If I could sit down and have dinner with any female hockey player, it would be Brianna Decker; I have listened to her speak several times and I think she plays a big part in the growth of women’s hockey. She truly has a championship mindset and is someone that has inspired me over the course of my collegiate career.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
The best advice I have ever been given was more so of a lesson I was told by a former coach, and that was, “surround yourself with people who if they miss the trash can, they are going to go back and pick it up, and if they dont pick it up after they missed, its going to bother them for the rest of the day.” I think in hockey and in life, this is both truly important.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
My dream for womens hockey is to see it become as popular in the states, as soccer is in Europe. I hope that someday womens hockey is valued like men’s sports and gains the reccognztion that it deserves for the athletes and people that work hard for it.
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