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Scoring goals

With hard work comes scoring goals

Three years. That’s how long it took me to score my first goal. Wow, yeah, I know—scoring goals never came...
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What I wish I knew: 4 pieces of advice from a veteran hockey goalie

Being a goaltender puts you into an exclusive club with your fellow puckstoppers. There aren’t many people who voluntarily choose...

“Why not girls hockey?”: Changing the stigma in girls youth hockey

“Keep your daughter in boys hockey as long as possible” has been a very common outlook for many parents and...
Annabella Gatto

Big goals for a new hockey season

Wow, its already October! HOCKEY SEASON IS FINALLY HERE! I remember like it was yesterday when I was packing and...
Hockey Parents Tips

8 tips for hockey parents to ensure an enjoyable season for you and your child

This one’s for you, hockey parents! Being a hockey mom or dad can be one of the hardest jobs...

What to do when hockey stops being fun

I realized that lately, I haven’t been having fun playing hockey. I remember when I first started to play deck...
Bella McKee Team Alberta

Team Alberta’s legacy at the 2019 Canada Winter Games

I sat down to write this recap of my time with Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games a...
WHL Academy college hockey recruiting process

WATCH | Navigating the college hockey recruiting process

The college hockey recruiting process isn’t easy, but we’re here to make it easier for you! Do you know you...

Finding inspiration from the US Women’s National Soccer Team

I know that this has nothing to do with hockey but hear me out: at the beginning of July, the...

Girls Gold Medal Hockey Camp

The last time I played girls hockey was in April and I was cut from the team, but I played...

Anais Valdez’s experience at the Boston Shamrock Elite Tournament

The coolest thing happened this spring: I got invited to play in an all-girls tournament in Boston for the Boston...
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Turning rejection into hockey training motivation

I can’t believe it! A whole month has passed since my rejection from the girls’ hockey team and I am...

Getting cut from a youth hockey team

When one door closes, another one opens. In April I tried out for a girls’ hockey team. They are the...
Annabella Gatto

Hockey season’s end welcomes new beginnings

I know I mentioned this to you all before, but this hockey season was quite an interesting one. I felt...
Hockey bus trip

First hockey trip on a team bus

I had my first hockey bus trip and it was very fun. We drove 10 hours to Fargo, ND and...
Gatineau Dynamites Girls' Hockey Team

Girls’ hockey team denied spot in boys’ tournament

On this year’s edition of International Women’s Day, a novice-level girls’ hockey team from Gatineau, Quebec spent the day wishing...

Hockey discoveries in Iceland

This month I went on vacation to Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland is a beautiful country. There are so many things to...

Moving away from home for hockey: A parents’ perspective

“Your daughter is how old? And you let her move 400km away just to play hockey? I don’t think I...

The importance of mindset in youth hockey

“Ninety percent of hockey is mental and the other half is physical.” -Wayne Gretzky My friend and I went to...

This is our moment: Bella McKee prepares for the Canada Winter Games with Team Alberta

The preparation. The camps. The workouts. The testing. The games. The grind. It has all added up and pushed us...

Sights on the Olympics: Presley Brohm’s 2019 goals

I am back in Thunder Bay for Christmas break at home and ready to take on 2019. I didn’t play...

First away trip with the Thunder Bay Queens

My first trip with my new team this year was to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It is about a six hour...

What makes a good hockey coach and mentor

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden Coaches like to push...

Switzerland to America: A billet family’s story

Fate. Sometimes things just fall into place. Sometimes we are at the right place at the right time. This was...

Moving away from home for hockey

There are the obvious ‘ups’ about moving, like playing on an amazing hockey team and making lots of new friends,...
5 tips to start playing hockey

Balancing life and hockey as a student-athlete

Being a student athlete is pretty difficult. I go to school five days a week, then I have sports and...

Anais Valdez shares her hockey travel experiences

Have you ever been to Toronto, Philadelphia, or New York City? I have for hockey tournaments!  It was so fun—first...
Anabella Gatto US Women's Olympians Hockey

Hockey camp with three Olympic gold medalists

“That’s the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball,...
Presley Brohm Thunder Bay Queens

Thunder Bay Bantam A Queens: An update from Presley Brohm

We have really started to get into our games and practices. So far we have had six games and a...
5 tips to start playing hockey

Common questions young female hockey players get

There are not as many hockey girls out there, so I don’t blame people when they have a question. Honestly,...