Tell us about yourself!
My name is Cheyenne Vogel. I am 22 years old, and I am from Sioux City, Iowa. I recently got out of the military—I served in the United States Marine Corps from 2015-2019 and I spent most of my time in service overseas on a tiny island called Okinawa.
I really never cared for hockey until I started dating my husband a couple of years ago. I didn’t come from a hockey family, so I grew up playing basketball, unlike my husband.
My love for hockey started while I was stationed in Okinawa. My husband’s parents got me my first pair of hockey skates for Christmas because I just wanted to learn how to skate and not keep using the rink rentals. My husband and I decided that I shouldn’t go head first into hockey because I was just learning how to skate in the first place, as well as I didn’t have any gear. So that’s what I did. I just skated during public skate on the weekends, slowly acquiring my gear off the Internet. There’s no hockey shop in Okinawa so everything had to be bought based on the sizing guides on the websites. I play on a team mostly comprised of service members, contractors, and a few American and Canadian permanent residents. I am the only female “regular.” The first time I ever played on a women’s team was at a tournament I went to in Australia. From that point on, I couldn’t wait to play with more women.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I decided, what the heck, why not? I haven’t seen anyone that had a military background become an ambassador so I figured I’d try to be one of the first.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAmbassador?
To spread the love and knowledge of women’s hockey at home and abroad.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I’m very impressionable. When I was in Australia for a week, I was already picking up on the accent without meaning to.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
Hilary Knight. She stood out to me after the Olympics. I heard about her story and what she stood for in women’s hockey. Plus, she seems like someone I would hang out with.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given in hockey or in life?
What happens on the ice stays on the ice.
Play your game. Legs feed the wolves. Again…
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
To be a home for all aspiring female hockey players of all ages, big and small.
Interested in becoming a #WHLAmbassador?