Meet Whitney Juszkiewicz!
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Whitney Juszkiewicz. I’m originally from Edmonton, Alberta where I grew up playing hockey with the Edmonton Girls Hockey Association. I played minor hockey and moved into Midget AAA for my final high school years. I accepted a hockey scholarship with the University of Saskatchewan and after that, I finished playing with Team Alberta in the Sr. Women’s Esso National tournament.
I currently live in Vancouver and have been working as a coach for over eight years. I coach Bantam AAA boys hockey and am the Female High-Performance Coordinator for our Provincial Team British Columbia.
I have my own company, Fire and Ice Hockey Development, where I work with players and teams to help them achieve their goals.
I recently completed my Hockey Canada Skills Instructor certification in Calgary this past Summer. I love giving back to the hockey community.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE A WHL BRAND AMBASSADOR?
I wanted to work with Women’s Hockey Life because of all the amazing things they do helping women in the sport. I like helping girls grow into being leaders and strong women. I felt it was a perfect match to get involved with WHL.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AS A #WHLAMBASSADOR?
I am looking forward to helping out in my community and expanding into other communities helping women love the sport. I love helping girls find their voice and fearlessness through sport. I look forward to any opportunity to do that with WHL.
WHAT’S SOMETHING NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
After playing for Team Alberta, I left hockey and pursued a career in acting. I studied four years for stage and film acting. I worked in Alberta traveling between Edmonton and Calgary. I decided to move to Vancouver to work in the film industry and did for a couple of years before leaving and returning to hockey full time.
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN IN HOCKEY OR IN LIFE?
“Set Yourself up For Success”
One of my managers taught me to set up my workspace to ensure I was able to hit high numbers in my sales. It was about putting in the work beforehand in order to be in the moment and able to perform. It translates so well to sports; work and prepare so that when the game happens there are no worries if you are able to perform to the top of your abilities.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR WOMEN’S HOCKEY?
My dream is that women have a place to play for their entire life. It is tough for high-level players to find somewhere to play after university or minor hockey. I would like to see more females coaching high-level teams and involved in the hockey industry.
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