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We truly believe that the hockey community is one of the most unique, supportive, and tight-knit communities there is. That’s why we want to share the stories of the people involved in the women’s hockey community.

Whether you’re a player, coach, fan, parent, or have any other involvement with women’s hockey—we want to hear your story!

What role does hockey play in your life? What’s your fondest or earliest memory of the game? Has hockey helped you through trying times in your life? What made you fall in love with the game? Share your story with us by submitting the form below or browse through the submissions to laugh, be inspired, cry, or connect with someone who loves the game as much as you do.

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Ashleigh Maestas

Ashleigh Maestas | Overcoming fear, anxiety, and depression through hockey

I was laying on my bed in Hawaii. As I sat and stared at the ceiling, I felt an intense pull for something different. I knew I had been putting off a dream of mine since I was little. This dream was to play hockey. At this point, it was...
Laura Mark

Laura Mark | Legally Blind | #WHLWarrior

Hockey has always been a big part of my life and has helped me to be the independent, strong, confident person I am today. I was born with multiple different eye conditions that caused me to be legally blind with only 4% of my vision left. Because of this I...

Gabby Wanchek | Abusive marriage | #WHLWarrior

In 2002, I got myself out of an abusive...

Willow Herman | Brittle Bone Disease | #WHLWarrior

My name is Willow Herman. I’m 17 years old and live in West Virginia. I was born with a brittle bone disease called Osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes it easier for me to dislocate and break bones than the average person. Growing up I felt like I was always in a...

Ken Ernstberger | Hockey dad inspired to play by his daughters

This is the story of how girls’ hockey got this hockey dad playing men’s hockey. No, I did not mistype–I meant girls’ hockey, not women’s hockey. I’ve posted this before, but for those who haven’t read my previous riveting posts, I grew up without a dad. He passed away when...

Hannah Scholz | Conquering anxiety through hockey | #WHLWarrior

The picture above is me with my military intersection team two years after I learned how to play hockey. I came to CFB Greenwood because of my husband’s military career. I grew up on figure skates and every male in my family loved playing hockey. I stumbled upon a new...
Brianna Wood

Brianna Wood | Playing with epilepsy | #WHLWarrior

Hi my name is Brianna Wood and I am 20 years old. I am entering my junior year of college. My love for hockey started around the age of seven and I started playing hockey. I was involved in a lot of sports and as time went on those sports...
Ireland South Saskatchewan

Ireland South | Saskatchewan

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...
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Jurgita Damskiene | Women’s hockey in Lithuania

When once I was told that life only starts in your forties, I could not believe it. But it appeared to be true, as I started practicing active sports when I turned 40 years old. And this is when I got engaged in ice hockey. Being a female ice hockey...

Michelle Coulcher | Australia

I am a wife and mother of two young children. I put family first before my needs often and started to feel run down and lacking my exuberance for...
Sammy Heyward

Samantha Heyward | New Zealand

Hi, this is Samantha Heyward (Sammy)! I’m 16 years old and writing this from the Auckland Airport in New Zealand as I wait with the rest of the New Zealand Junior women’s team to board our plane for Dubai and then to Barcelona. That would be a total of 24...
Maddie Carter

Maddie Carter

I wanted to write about a mentoring program. At my old club we had two girls’ teams, a U14 and a U16 team. Everyone younger had to play on boys’ teams until they were old enough to move to the girls’ teams. This really had some impact on the amount...
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Jaclyn Hawkins | Pride Month

Hockey has helped shape me into the person I am today. It was always my escape from the real world. Whenever my skates hit the ice, I felt free. Free from the stress of school. From the stress of “fitting in”. From the stress of day-to-day life. It was the...

Alyaa Nuval Othman | Malaysia

I started playing hockey in Malaysia when I was 12. I trained once in a while and played in some local leagues and recreational tournaments. When I was 19, I played for the first ever for the Malaysia national women’s team. All these years, I felt that there was something...
WHL People Morgan Fisher

WHL People | Episode 1 | Morgan Fisher

Introducing WHL People in video form! When we created the WHL People initiative back in 2015, our goal was to create an avenue for the people of the women’s hockey world to share their stories of triumph, success, overcoming, inspiration, trials and more. Today, we’re proud to have taken WHL...

Gracie L

Growing up, hockey was my escape from everything. I truly made friendships that I know will last forever. The sport has taught me unbelievable strength in every aspect of life. I started playing at the age of three and was skating since I could walk. I spent my whole life...

Lauren Patterson | Philadelphia

Want to get under my skin? Say “it’s too late for her to start”, or “she’s not any good” about an 11 year old, or a 14 year old, or anyone for that matter. For the longest time, I wanted to play hockey. My dad was a goalie and I...

Lily Miller | Montana, USA

Lily’s story from her mom, Terry Miller: Making the Bantam A boys hockey team as a girl is a mixed bag of nuts – literally. As one of two girls on a team of 13 to 15-year-old boys, the learning curve for my daughter off and on the ice was...

Susan Pegnato | USA

My story starts in Pittsburgh in the late 80s and into the early 90s. I was about 10 years old and I was in love with hockey. I used to play in the driveway of my best friend at the time, who was a boy, who also played ice hockey....

Esmée | Switzerland

Why do you wear your hair short? “Long hair gets in the way under my hockey helmet.” What is your hockey dream? “To be an NHL player.” Esmée | Switzerland | Showing two years between her hockey...

Vedrana Matak | Croatia

“In my 40 years I have learned I don’t like to be labelled. I love working, I love being a mother and a wife. I love movies, I love hanging out and I love laughing. I love to be active and I love my Zumba classes. It just so happens...

Emma Johns | USA

On starting a movement by putting up inspiring posters on locker room walls for other girls who have to change alone: “I want to do this because as the only girl on my team, I understand how separated girls can feel in these small, cramped, locker rooms with no one...

Kyla Lane | Canada

“Facing the possibility of never playing the game again is one of the scariest things I’ve ever been confronted with. I’ve dealt with the death of a parent, my own mental health battles and other hurdles in life, but none of that seems as difficult as the thought of never...

Ella Maskiewich | Canada

“Today I want to acknowledge the fact that every human on this earth has the right to love, play and know about hockey. Your gender, age, nationality, and skill level DO NOT matter. Love the game, love it for the sense of belonging it gives you, love it for its...

Diana Jansen | Germany

“My name is Diana, I’m 23 and live and study in Bonn, Germany. I play defense for two roller hockey teams. Growing up as a 90’s kid in a soccer-dominated Germany, my first, and unfortunately long forgotten, contact with hockey had been the Mighty Ducks. Some ten years later, I...

Chelsey Goldberg | USA

“Have you ever faced so much adversity that you just wanted to stop or quit whatever it is that you were doing? Maybe it was a job that you hated, or even a sport that you grew exhausted, distant, or burnt out from? My name is Chelsey Goldberg, and I...

Natalie Bober | USA

“I love doing play-by-play because although I can’t play hockey anymore I am still a part of the game. I also have the opportunity to watch the players grow on and off the ice. It is difficult for women to break into play-by-play, especially in hockey. I would counsel women...

Tina Carlson | Sweden

“My name is Tina and I’m from Sweden. I started playing ice hockey in 1980 when I was 14 years old. My soccer teammate wanted to play ice hockey, so she managed to gather enough friends to convince the club in our community to start a girls team. None of...

Diana Alampi | Canada

“My name is Diana Alampi. I am 44 years old with three teenagers. My oldest boy started out with hockey, then my daughter, followed by my youngest. In 2012, as a mom driving all three around to arenas and working, I found myself very exhausted. I was always feeling unwell,...