Tell us about yourself!
I’m Hannah Griffin and I’m 19 years old. I’m from Moorhead, Minnesota, but I go to school full time at UMD in Duluth, MN. I have played hockey since I was 11 years old. It was sort of hard starting later than most kids but hard work and a good attitude paid off for me. I played two years of youth hockey and then played high school, primarily JV but I was on the varsity roster for my junior and senior year. The past two years I’ve coached U10 hockey in Duluth and have loved it. I’ve had the opportunity to help with some camps ran by the high school coaches and Shawna Davidson. I’m hoping to coach this next season and continue to grow girls’ hockey.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I had followed WHL on Instagram for a while and I thought it was really cool how they shared everyone’s stories, not just those in professional leagues or on national teams. I started looking into what WHL was trying to do and what the role of a brand ambassador was. It just seemed like a good fit for me, so I gave it a shot and filled out the application.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I’m looking forward to hearing other people’s stories and connecting with those in the WHL community. I’m also excited to share my story and hopefully make a positive impact on someone else.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Don’t worry, I don’t remember much and I stopped in 6th grade and switched to hockey in 7th grade.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
Probably Hilary Knight or Bridgette Lacquette. I met Hilary Knight in May sort of by chance. She was invited to town to talk to some of the girls in youth hockey. I was able to go on the ice with her and sit in on a Q & A session. I chatted with her a little bit on the ice but I would want to talk more about her start in hockey and what she’s been working on now. I also think it’d be cool to have dinner with Bridgette Lacquette because she’s given so much back to her community.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
To work hard, stay positive, and to do the little things even if you think nobody will notice.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I hope that in the future it will be normal for women to coach and to be involved at the youth level as much as men are. I also hope there is a reliable professional league for young girls to watch and dream of playing in.
Interested in becoming a #WHLAmbassador?