Meet Katie Shopp!
Tell us about yourself!
I am 12 years old and was born in New Mexico. I moved to Kentucky and eventually to Ohio before I was two. I asked to play hockey when I was about two and a half watching my older cousins play. My mom put me on the ice when I was three and I’ve loved hockey ever since. I play any (skater) position my coaches need me to play but prefer defense. I play for two teams, my boys team the Winterhurst Warriors and on a tournament girls team the U12 Cleveland Lady Barons Tier 2. I am looking forward to next year playing full time for the U14 Cleveland Lady Barons.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I wanted to become a WHL Ambassador because I love helping kids of all ages and abilities to learn to love the game that means so much to me. I especially want to show girls that hockey is as much of a girls’ sport as it is a boys’ sport and to help grow women’s hockey in my area. I believe that being apart of this great community will help me grow the game of hockey for girls/women.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am excited to meet new people who share my love of hockey and to help show all the amazing things that Women’s Hockey Life does for the women’s hockey community
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I am a lacrosse goalie, drummer and long-distance runner. I also love all things Disney and my favorite character is Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with Kelly Stack. She is a Cleveland native who grew up in the Barons organization. She has come back a few times to skate with us but getting a chance to watch her in the Olympics a few years ago and then getting to skate with her and see the Olympic medal had a huge impact on me and my personal hockey goals.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Fast is fun! Skate fast, work hard and have fun.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
For women’s hockey to grow so that there are as many opportunities for women as there are for men.