MEET JORJA IMRIE!
Tell us about yourself!
I currently live in a small town in Saskatchewan. I started playing hockey around the age of 5. One day at practice my coach brought out the goalie pads, and I wanted to try it out. I immediately fell in love and always wanted to play goal every chance I got. I continued to play goal through novice, atom, peewee, and now bantam. I had always played co-ed hockey in my small town until I was 11 years old going into peewee. I then went to Swift Current Saskatchewan to play on a girls hockey team. I now play on a U15 AA girls team in Swift Current.
When I’m not playing hockey I enjoy playing almost any other sport. I enjoy playing volleyball, badminton, lacrosse, and baseball. I enjoy listening to lots of music and reading books in my free time. My favourite NHL team is the Edmonton Oliers, and my favourite women’s team is Team Canada.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I have always been very passionate about women’s hockey, and when I found out about becoming a WHL brand ambassador, I thought it would be a great way to share my passion about women’s hockey with others.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am looking forward to inspiring other girls my age to be more confident and not let other people tell them that they can’t play hockey just because they are female.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
A lot of people don’t know that when I was 11 and 12 years old I actually played lacrosse on an all boys team. I eventually stopped playing because I wanted to play baseball instead. I really enjoyed playing and hope I can play again some time soon.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I would definitely want to sit down with Shannon Szabados. She has been one of my biggest inspirations ever since I started playing hockey. She inspires me to play my best every game and practice. I admire how much she has done for women’s hockey. I would really enjoy talking to her about hockey.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
The best advice I have received about hockey came from my mom. She always told me “You can only control your own perfromance”. She always reminded me, especially at a young age, that I can only control how I play, and there’s no point in getting upset with anyone else.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I really hope that women’s hockey can have one big national league that is successful, and respected just like the NHL. I also hope that there is more oppritunites for young women playing hockey.
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