Meet Mattie Robitzer!
Tell us about yourself!
I am Mattie Robitzer, and I am a 15-year-old goalie from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I have been playing hockey since I was five, at a small local rink nicknamed “the Barn” (their Zamboni was painted to look like a cow!). I am a twin, and my sister also plays hockey. I was introduced to this awesome sport by my family friends, who also have twin daughters a few years older than I am. I’ve always looked up to them, and when I saw them playing hockey I had to try it. Soon enough I fell in love, and here I am playing ten years later.
I started playing hockey for the Chester County Cougars, where I played with the boys until I was ten. When I turned ten I switched to girls hockey, and in my second year of 12u girls hockey, I switched teams. I joined the West Chester Quakers 12u AA team. I played for the Quakers until this season (which was my first year 16u season), when they merged with the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, who I currently play for. Last year our Jr. Flyers 16AA team went to nationals, and we placed third (which isn’t too bad if you ask me!).
This year I decided to increase the intensity, and I tried out for the AAA team and I made it! This season will be my first season playing tier one, and I am super excited. Also, I play for my high school’s girls team, the Unionville Indians. I started playing for the high school in 8th grade, and in that season I helped the team win the league championship. This year, we won the Flyers Cup for the fifth year in a row, and I was named to the All Tournament team and I was named MVP.
What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?
I wanted to be a WHL Ambassador because I really want to introduce this awesome sport to as many women (young or old) as possible. I was so inspired by my friends that played hockey, and I really want to be a role model for girls who want to start this sport.
What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am looking to expand my influence in the women’s hockey world, and to just meet as many people that share the same passion as me for hockey.
What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
A lot of my close friends know this, but most people don’t know that I love Taylor Swift, and that I can name any of her songs within a few seconds of hearing it. Also, I love giraffes and I can juggle.
If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with any female hockey player, I would have to say Brittany Ott. I think that she is so funny, and she is such a big role model for me. I love watching her play, and seeing her funny antics on Hillary Knight’s Instagram stories. Also, I think that she is pretty close to the same height as me (5’3”), so its nice to know that even though I’m short, there is hope that I can play competitive hockey when I’m older—such as college or professional.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?
Don’t let the puck in the net.
What’s your dream for women’s hockey?
I hope that someday (in the near future) women’s hockey will be treated the same as men’s hockey. I think professional women’s hockey players should be able to live off of the wages that they make from playing, and that they won’t have to worry about fitting a work schedule into their training and game schedule. I hope that women’s hockey will be able to sellout stadiums, and that young girls can watch their role models play on their TVs.
Interested in becoming a #WHLAmbassador?