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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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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,...