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From Playing Ringette to A Goalie in the CIS

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Hey Everyone,

I guess I’ll start off by giving you a little bit of background information about myself, seeing as how I am new at this!

My name is Morgan Cooper and I am a first year student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, with my major being Phys. Ed. and my minor being Chemistry. I was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta before moving to Calgary, then Beiseker, then Strathmore, and then finally to Regina to begin a new chapter of my life in Saskatchewan. I love hockey, soccer, small towns, taco salad, and going to concerts – Motley Crue, Brooks and Dunn, Nickelback, and Jason Aldean to name a few.  I actually had my first front row experience of Doc Walker at the Calgary Stampede this past summer.  That was something I will always remember!

This is the farthest I’ve been from my family, which has been tough, but I am home for Christmas right now! The highway was terrible coming home due to freezing rain, but I made what is normally an 8 hour drive in around 10.5 hours, so it could have been worse!

Anyway, on to the hockey part of the story! I am the third goalie and the youngest girl on the University of Regina Cougars, and I have a somewhat unique journey of getting to CIS hockey. This is actually my first year playing hockey as I played ringette for 6 years with the Strathmore Ice, and played my final 2 years with the Rockyford Ringers. I didn’t even know I was trying out for the team until a week before tryouts started! I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have received from the coaches and team and I feel that I have improved very much in my short time here. It has been an amazing experience so far. We had a fantastic start to the season, being in first place in Canada West at one point, however lately we have been in a bit of a rut and are looking for a fresh start in 2011.

We practice Monday to Thursday every week, with games on Friday and Saturday, so it keeps us very busy and I love it! We have a new home in the brand new Co-Operators Centre this year, and it is a gorgeous facility. Agribition, a week long agricultural exhibition, takes place there as well, which allowed a few of the city kids on our team an opportunity to see some farm animals and interact with them for the first time! Our last road trip of 2010 to Calgary was special for me because my home town is half an hour from that city, and it felt nice to be back in familiar territory. Although we unfortunately lost both games, our team battled hard and kept playing until the final whistle.

Even though we are taking a break for everyone to enjoy Christmas, we are still doing off-ice workouts several times a week to stay in shape and allow us to be successful when we return to the ice on January 7 against the University of Saskatchewan. The break will also give everyone an opportunity to get their bearings again and rest up so we are in prime condition for the second half of the season.

On that note, I think I’m done my ramblings for now, so I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2011!

– Morgan

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