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AMBASSADOR SPOTLIGHT: Reese Ives | Bel Air, MD

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Reese and I’m ten years old. I’m from Bel Air, MD and in the fourth grade. I started hockey skating and basics at age seven after I got tired of going to my brother’s hockey lessons. Shortly after I began cross ice. One of my coaches put me in net and after a couple times I really liked it. I started wanting to be in net every time even though my parents tried to talk me out of it. After begging my parents, I got lessons and learned how to be a goalie. I was eight when I tried out for the boys’ mite travel team. I made the A team and we had a great season.

I kept taking goalie lessons and by the end of my season another coach asked if I would try out for an all girls 12U travel team. I really wanted to play all girls. Being one of three girls on the boys team showed me how much I enjoyed being with the girls. I enjoy the fun times I have with my teammates on and off the ice.  I tried out after just turning nine and became the starting goalie. We were undefeated in all league games 18-0-0. We won our playoff championships in a four-round shootout where I did not let in any goals. I was also named to the CBHL 2019 Girls All Star team.

What made you want to be a WHL Brand Ambassador?

My mom saw it and thought it would be good because I love hockey and I love being with my friends. It’s important to me that girls have fun in sports. I met the 2018 Gold medal Olympic team and loved being with them and they were a big inspiration to me.

What are you most looking forward to as a #WHLAMBASSADOR?

Being a role model for young girls and sharing my experience with being a goalie.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I dance every night in my living room to music. I love animals and want to be a zoologist.

I also am allergic to latex ,which means I actually can’t touch the hockey puck with my bare hands. I have to be really careful going to hockey rinks and not touching most floors in the locker rooms. It has made my life a little more interesting and challenging at times but I found out about my allergy after learning to play and I didn’t want to quit. So I push through each season.

If you could sit down and have dinner with one female hockey player, who would it be and why?

I would want to eat dinner with Megan Duggan to ask her why she chose to play hockey.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in hockey or in life?

Keep your chin up.

What’s your dream for women’s hockey?

I hope people realize that girls can play just as well as boys and they can someday play on NHL teams. My dream is to play on the USA team.


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