What has been your career highlight so far?
My career highlight is a close tie between being named Second Team All-American my sophomore year of college and being invited to the Senior National Team tryout prior to the 2010 Olympics. Having the opportunity to play for your country is the ultimate prize in women's ice hockey and anytime I wear the USA jersey is a career highlight.
What advice do you have for an aspiring hockey player?
My advice for an aspiring hockey player is to focus on skating technique and being as strong on your feet as possible. Whether you have the puck on your stick or not, you are always skating so being good at maneuvering yourself around the rink is essential to being a good hockey player.
What do you like most about being a hockey player?
What I like most about being a hockey player is the rush of excitement and power I feel skating down the ice with the puck on my stick. The sport is incredibly smooth and seemingly effortless, especially from a spectators standpoint.
Why was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was always math. I liked using numbers much better than letters or words, and especially the fact that there is only one correct answer, for the most part.
What is your favorite quote and why?
One of my favorite quotes at the moment is: "The difference between try and triumph is a little umph." I find myself working hard and trying what I believe to be my best, but this quote is a constant reminder that you can always do a little more and put a little more effort into everything. I like this quote because it reminds me to give all of myself to whatever I am doing if I want to find success at the end.
Who were your heroes growing up?
Growing up I always looked up to my parents as heroes and examples of good, hardworking, and successful people. They would do anything they possibility could to help me be the best person and hockey player.
What is on your ipod?
My ipod is filled with all genres of music, but for the most part I listen to country and hard rock. The country tunes put me in a good mood and relaxed state of mind before and after my games. The hard rock I listen to immediately before I play and in between periods to really get in the zone to dominate on the ice.