The second female to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (behind Winter Games medalist Shannon Szabados), Emerance Maschmeyer is staking her own claim as an elite goaltender. An All-Star selection at the Bantam AA and Bantam AAA boys’ levels, Maschmeyer joined the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL for the 2010-11 season. Of note, she was named the First Star in an AJHL exhibition game versus the Camrose Kodiaks.
Her older sister, Brittaney Maschmeyer currently plays for Team Alberta in the CWHL, and was also a member of the Edmonton Chimos. She also has three brothers, Bronson (Kamloops Blazers, WHL), Brock, (Fort McMurray Oil Barons, AJHL), who skated against her in a shootout during the 2010-11 AJHL season, and Kache, a bantam-age player.
She helped the Alberta provincial hockey team win a gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and followed it up with a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World championships. Recently, Maschmeyer was featured in the August 1, 2012 dated edition of The Hockey News.
Having committed to Harvard University, she will play for Katey Stone, one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of the NCAA. In following the tradition of superlative goaltending at Harvard (Ali Boe, Christine Kessler), Maschmeyer is hoping to add an NCAA Frozen Four championship to her growing list of accomplishments.
Outlook: How exciting was it to win the gold medal at the 2011 Canada Winter Games?
Maschmeyer: Winning Canada Winter Games was extremely exciting and special. Team Alberta was not commonly known as the top team in the tournament, so it was an amazing feeling to prove the crowd wrong and go in and win it. Winning Canada Winter Games was my first major gold medal and it is a very memorable moment.
Outlook: Many of the players from Team Ontario (at the 2011 CWG) were your teammates from the 2012 national team. What was it like to play against Erin Ambrose, Emily Fulton and Laura Stacey?
Maschmeyer: When I played in CWG, I was not in Hockey Canada’s program. At the time I had heard about these girls and how they had played on the national team. When I got invited to U-18 Team Canada camp and had a chance to meet these girls, it was fun to talk about the gold medal game. A little bit of bragging rights for sure.
Outlook: Being the second female to participate at The Brick Tournament in Edmonton, how exciting was it to meet Shannon Szabados?
Maschmeyer: I have followed to Shannon’s footsteps up until this point. I first met her at The Brick tournament when I was 10 years old. She signed a puck for me and gave me a little advice, that moment is still prominent in my mind tonight. To have another female goalie to look up to has been very helpful for me. To this day I talk to Shannon and ask her for advice when I need it. She understands most of my situations and gives me tips when I need it.
Outlook: With the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL, you were named First Star in an exhibition game. Does that stand out as one of the finest moments in your career?
Maschmeyer: It is definitely a fine moment in my career. Even as a young girl I wanted to play in the AJHL from watching Shannon and my brothers play in that league. So to finally get a chance to even play in an exhibition game and especially to get First Star, was a special moment to me.
Outlook: What was it like to have to face off against your brother (playing with Fort McMurray) in a shoot out?
Maschmeyer: Facing my brother in a shoot out was a moment of nerves and excitement. I knew that I could not let him score because if he did I would never hear the end of it! I remember the crowd cheering loud when they saw he was facing off against me. I did end up making the save and he still hears about it sometimes today!
Outlook: In the gold medal game of the 2012 IIHF Under 18 Women’s Worlds, you earned a shutout versus the United States. Was that the most satisfying win you ever enjoyed?
Maschmeyer: It was definitely the most satisfying win in my career so far. Winning the gold medal was an ecstatic feeling in itself but to get a shutout was the cherry on top of it. Our team came together in a short period of time and everything seemed to click. I would have to thank my teammates for playing very good in front of me, which helped me to earn the shut out.
Outlook: Your sister, Brittney, competed in the NCAA with St. Lawrence and Syracuse. How much of an influence has she been on your career?
Maschmeyer: My sister is one of my biggest influences in my life. She played with the U-22 National team and by watching her play with that team, inspires me to do so myself. She received a full-ride scholarship to St. Lawrence and Syracuse and that made me eager to try and earn one myself. I am very proud of what my sister has done and she has influenced my path as well.
Outlook: In committing to Harvard, you will be playing for Katey Stone, the all-time winningest NCAA coach. Is she a big part of the reason that you committed to the Crimson?
Maschmeyer: She is definitely a big part of the reason I committed to Harvard. Harvard has always been my dream but knowing that I would be coming to play for a knowledgeable and experienced coach definitely helped by making my decision easier. I have faith in her and her program and I cannot wait to start this upcoming season.
Outlook: What are you most looking forward to in attending Harvard?
Maschmeyer: There is not one aspect that I can pinpoint. I am looking forward to the experience as a whole. I am very excited about playing for the team, attending the college and just everything else that comes along with the experience!
Outlook Hockey would like to thank Emerance Maschmeyer for taking time out of her busy schedule to complete this interview. We would also like to thank Mark Staffieri for completing the interview.
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