MEET MADDIE STEVENS!
Tell us about yourself!
Hi I’m Maddie Stevens! I’m 17 years old and from Coventry, England. I’m currently studying sport in college. I started playing junior hockey in Coventry at the age of 10, when my love of the game began after watching the elite men’s team with my family.
The team I started playing on was a mixed team, which was male dominated apart from me and one other player. I was named captain in my first season playing, as my coach said she admired my positive attitude even in tough games. I continued playing on the junior team until I was 16 ,when I was old enough to move to the Coventry Phoenix, my local women’s team. I have just finished my second season playing defence for them and couldn’t ask for a better team to play for.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I wanted to become a brand ambassador as I’m very passionate about the game and would like to become a positive role model for young girls getting in to such an amazing sport, and show them they can do anything if they put their mind to it.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I’m most looking forward to being part of a community that supports other women. And hopefully inspire new players into playing hockey and achieve their goals.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I really enjoy learning how to cook and bake, along with taking my dogs for walks.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
If I could sit down with one female hockey player it would be Hilary Knight because she was the first women’s hockey player I saw and inspired me to start playing.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
The best advice I’ve been given is keep your head up. This relates to not only keeping your head up on the ice, but also keeping your head up in hard times because if you look down you could miss something important.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
My dream for women’s hockey is for it to grow and develop and become appreciated as much as men’s hockey.