My name is Amanda Fontaine and I am currently going into my junior year as a goaltender at Sacred Heart University. Here at SHU I am an Exercise Science major and I love every minute of it. I am originally from Northfield, Massachusetts and have played hockey ever since the age of 5. Before Sacred Heart, I attended Northfield Mount Hermon, a private school located in Gill, MA and spent all four of my high school years there. At NMH I played Field Hockey, Ice Hockey and Softball all four years. Early in my high school career I realized my desire to play hockey in college and spent much of my time devoted to accomplishing this goal.
As many young goaltenders, I didn’t immediately strap on the pads. I started out playing forward with every intention of scoring goals. Early on, we rotated who played goalie and for some reason I always wanted to get into the net. I ended up loving it so much that I decided to stay in the paint and make friends with the pipes. I grew up playing with for two teams, a co-ed local team and an all-girls select team. I skated out for the girl’s team at first, but after a year with the team I switched over to being a full-time goalie.
As long as I can remember, hockey has been a part of my life. The bond teammates have with each other is stronger than any other bond I have encountered. Without the friendships and lessons that hockey has brought to the table, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. It has taught me the importance of giving 100% of my effort into everything I do and that I am the only one who can control my devotion to anything in life.
It is currently summer time and as a member of the SHU Women’s Hockey team, I have just entered the third phase of our summer workout and with about a month left of summer, I am ready to get back to school and be with the team again. After missing last season’s pre-season and my freshman year’s post-season workouts due to surgery on my shoulder, I am itching to go into my first full year with the team.
This season we are welcoming some promising new players and many returning players from last season. Though we will miss our seniors from last year, I have a good feeling about this year’s team and the season we will have together. I hope our team finds the bond that is needed for a successful season and have fun all the way. I can’t wait to get back on the ice with the rest of the team, but until then we will all prepare for the upcoming season as best we can!
Until next time…