Meet Madeline Chen!
Tell us about yourself—where are you from, what do you do, what’s your hockey story?
Hi, my name is Madeline Chen. I am currently 10 years old and play for the Anaheim Jr Ducks 10u B team. I currently reside in Huntington Beach, CA. I started off enjoying hockey when my parents took me to my first ever hockey game. From that point on I knew I was in love with this sport. I told my parents that I wanted to play hockey, and they supported me all the way. They put me into hockey lessons, 1 on 1 lessons, and stick times. With all the hard work I have done, I was able to join the Jr Ducks.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
Being a WHL Brand Ambassador would mean a lot to a little girl like me because I have so much to learn as well. I would be able to gain the knowledge that I have so far and to be able to share it with girls my age or younger to try hockey. Spreading the word that a male dominated sport can also be played by females as well.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
Seeing the changes I can possibly make to help grow the sport for female players. Spreading the sport to show that all females are capable to play this sport at the same pace as male players can.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you? (secret talents, hobbies, funny quirks)
My hidden talent is that I love to draw and be doing anything that is involved with art. During my off-ice times, I sketch or color at any possible chance I get.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a chance to sit down with Annie Pankowski. She is like my local legend. She is a local girl from Orange County who started playing travel hockey for the Jr Ducks. But she then eventually moved up to play for Lady Ducks and so forth. She has the path that I would love to be able to take and pursue: to one day play for a reputable college and to represent USA and to play for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Appreciate what you have today because you may never know what will happen tomorrow.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
To be able to have a national league just like the NHL. To show the nation that girls/females can also play this sport. We do not get enough publicity as the males do and I hope one day we can make that change.
Want to join our #WHLAmbassador team?
Get more details and apply here!