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Growing up in the small town of Melfort, Saskatchewan my chances were slim of making it anywhere far in hockey. At the age of two, my mom became my figure skating coach and later introduced me to the game of hockey. Sadly, in my town the only way I could play hockey was on a boys team. There was no such thing as a girls team.

I learned to play with the boys up until my last year of Peewee when the boys became too much of a threat to me. It was then that my parents forced me to try out for a AAA league based out of Prince Albert.

Never believing I would make it, I still tried my best and to my surprise I made the team as an under age player. I played four seasons with the Prince Albert Bears, making one appearance at the Esso Cup. It was then that I was scouted by the University of Regina Cougars women’s hockey team.

I have played two seasons thus far and it has been some of the best hockey I have played in my life. I look forward to the three more years I have left and wherever else hockey may take me.

Hockey has taught me so many things but mostly the importance of hard work. I may not be the most skilled player but my hard work and determination to be better has given me opportunities I always dreamed of.

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