MEET JENIFER HELBOE!
Tell us about yourself!
I’m originally from a small village in Saskatchewan called Paradise Hill. I started playing hockey when I was four years old. I played with the local boys team up until Peewee. Then I moved to an all girls team in Lloydminster, AB. I aged out where I could play without moving to Alberta, so I moved to the AAA team in North Battleford, SK. I wanted to finish off my minor hockey playing with my original teammates, so I played with the local Midget Boys team.
I played Junior women’s hockey for a couple years while deciding what I wanted to study in university (hoping to play for a university team). Unfortunately, before I decided on a university I got Lyme Disease. Long story short, I ended up very sick for seven years and had to put off university hockey, but it pushed me in the direction of coaching and I instantly felt a passion for coaching.
I currently sell real estate in Dawson Creek, BC but I am making a big change come the spring! I also sit on the minor hockey board as the Female Director. I took the position because I saw that the Peace Region was lacking female hockey and I wanted to help make a change!
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I love seeing a movement for women’s hockey and I want to do whatever I can to help young girls get the best opportunities they can with this sport, whether it be friendships for life or playing the highest caliber of hockey that they can!
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am looking forward to helping promote this game and see what changes we can make together!
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
Not a lot of people know how much I love reading. Definitely a bookworm!
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I think it would be Hayley Wickenheiser because she is paving a way for young girls and I love her passion for trying to help grow the game. I feel I could learn a lot on how to grow female hockey in my community!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Don’t let other people bring you down, follow your passion no matter how many people don’t agree.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
To see more young girls playing! A lot don’t start playing until they are older and start seeing it around. I want the young girls to be just as involved as the young boys! Also to see a pro league where the girls working hard in hockey have something to strive for other than the Olympic teams.