Why They’re Amazing
Members of the SHAW U-14 Girls Hockey Team don’t want to be princesses. They want to be more.
The Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin, SHAW, has provided youth ice hockey to the greater Milwaukee area since 1970. The amazing girls featured below represent SHAW’s first-ever girls’ ice hockey team and became part of the fastest growing segment of hockey in the United States.
With a 37-game schedule, often playing against older girls, the SHAW Girls Hockey Team puts in a tremendous amount of hard work to remain competitive. They practice twice per week, including one hour of off-ice training (calisthenics and skill development) and one hour of on-ice practice each night – the same as the boys. In addition, the team usually has at least one or two games on the weekend but could play three or four depending on travel.
The girls start practicing in October, play games from November through February and end their season with a state tournament in March. Many of them also attend camps during the summer to continue to develop their skills. For additional information on the SHAW Girls Hockey Team, visit Girlsprogram@shawhockey.org.
We had a chance to ask the team a few questions. Read on, and we think you’ll agree that these amazing girls are an inspiration both on and off the ice.
“Just be who you want to be and never let anyone stop you.” – Kristin
Q & A
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
Kristina: “A pediatrician because I like working with kids and it would feel good to know that I’m trying my best to keep kids healthy. But, my dream would be to play in the women’s Olympics for hockey, but I think I’ll have a family to take care of so hockey will not be my main priority. Ever since I started playing the sport, I dreamed of being a professional.”
Alanicia: “A firefighter because I want to save families and their pets.”
Sydney: “A teacher. I have always enjoyed hanging with kids. Teachers can be fun and creative and I am both.”
Emma: “An actress. I want to be creative.”
Maeve: “A psychologist, therapist or a school counselor.”
Emily: “A lawyer. Someday a mom. Maybe my kids hockey coach someday. I would like to be in the Olympics and the NWHL (National Women’s Hockey League).”
Maddie: “I want to work as a teacher.”
Megan: “When I grow up I want to be a pediatrician, because I like kids and I want to be a doctor that doesn’t involve lots of surgery and blood.”
Q: What do people say when you tell them that?
Kristina: “When I tell people I want to be a pediatrician, they reply with something simple like, “That’s an interesting job, but it can be difficult.” However, when I mention possibly wanting to be a hockey player I get a different response. Usually it’s something along the lines of, “Oh you play hockey? That’s a tough sport” or “That’s a cool sport to be in.”
Alanicia: “It is interesting but very dangerous. They also say it’s not surprising because of my love for animals.”
Sydney: “Some say I’m perfect, others say that would yell too much.”
Maeve: “That would be perfect for that job.”
Emily: “Many people think I would be a good lawyer. I know that my friends and family would support me being a lawyer. My older cousin, Paul, is in law school and my family is being super supportive.”
Megan: “People say that I would really fit that job and they say I am the perfect person for that job.”
Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?
Emily: “When my mom’s side calls me a princess, I’m OK with it because I’m the only girl grandkid. I hate when someone besides my grandma and grandpa Lehner call me a princess. I’m not a princess. I’m just a girl. That doesn’t mean I’m a princess. I’m a girl with no name besides Emily Hoyt and my nicknames.”
Alanicia: “When I was little my great grandpa used to call me princess, but now not so much.”
Sydney: “I have been called “princess” before by my dad. He used to call me that when I was younger. I felt special when he called me that. No one really calls me a princess now-a-days.”
Maeve: “No, I’m not called a princess but if I was I would say thank you.”
Kristina: “The only people who call me a princess are my grandparents. Ever since I was little my other cousins and I on my mom’s side were called princesses by my grandma and grandpa. On my dad’s side I am the only girl, so my grandparents call me their princess. However, it doesn’t bother me because they are my family. Of people at school called me that I wouldn’t like it, because it would make me feel weak and girly.”
Megan: “People don’t call me princess, only my uncle and I like when he says it, because when I was little he called me that and I don’t see him a lot.”
Q: How did you become interested in playing hockey?
Kristin: “I saw an Olympic game on TV and thought it looked really cool.”
Alanicia: “I got bored watching my sister, so I wanted to try it.”
Sydney: “All of my uncles played hockey when they were younger. My dad and my brother play now. I always liked to watch hockey and skate but never like the equipment, therefore I only skated for fun. The past couple years I’ve been going to a lot more of my brother’s games and practices. I started really paying attention. I thought it would be a good experience so I asked my parents if I could play and they weren’t so sure at first. They finally said yes and I started practicing over the summer and getting familiar with everything.”
Emma: “My neighbor played hockey and I got interested.”
Maeve: “My brother played, and I wanted to try.”
Emliy: “My dad got a Wii and got the game NHL2K10. My little brother loved that game. He loved it so much my dad signed him up the following season. After I started to go to his games, I became more interested in the sport. In the summer of 2013, I started playing and I continue to play now.”
Kristina: “My brother started playing hockey a few years before me and at the time I was a figure skater. After watching all of his games, going to the tournaments, and getting bored of figure skating I wanted to try hockey. When I stepped on the ice and started playing with the puck I knew that hockey was the sport I wanted to play.”
Maddie: “I started ice skating and I tried hockey and I liked it.”
Megan: “I became interested in hockey, because my dad played it and it seemed like a very fun and interesting sport.”
Q: Do your family and friends support you?
Maeve: “Yes, they think it is awesome.”
Alanicia: “Of course they do!”
Sydney: “Both my family and my friends supported me.”
Emily: “My friends who care are so nice. They ask to to come to my games to see me play. They are my best friends. My family knows how hockey is a big part of my life. They all support me with playing and want me to keep playing.”
Kristina: “All of my friends and family support me. My family comes to my games and is involved with my team. My friends think hockey is an interesting and cool sport. Also, they want to come to my home games if they can make it.”
Megan: “Yes, my friends and family think it is amazing and cool that I play hockey.”
Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?
Megan: “No. I thought people would call me weird and make fun of me (only one person did), but I thought wrong, because everyone calls me amazing and cool.”
Alanicia: “I always hoped I would be but to me that’s not what’s important. I love hockey.”
Sydney: “I would never think I’d be called and “amazing girl” because of this. “I just thought playing hockey would be fun and not turn into something bigger.”
Maeve: “Yes, not that many girls play hockey.”
Emily: “I don’t think me playing hockey really makes me an amazing girl. I think it makes me not a typical girl, a different girl. Personally I think women fight overseas in battle areas, wearing camo are the “Amazing Girls”. They are thousands of miles away from their families and they are fighting for us. Many kids wouldn’t have their mom and dad home for Christmas, instead of fighting against bad people.”
Kristina: “I never really thought I’d be called an “Amazing Girl” for playing hockey because I am not the only girl who plays hockey. Also, I haven’t done anything to impact a lot of people but I do think hockey girls are amazing, at least the girls on my team.”
Kristin: “No. I just wanted to play hockey.”
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
Alanicia: “Ambitious, determined and athletic.”
Sydney: “Humorous, unique, loud is how I am usually described.”
Emma: “Smart, fun, determined.”
Maeve: “Outgoing, funny, genuine.”
Emily: “Leader, laughter, fun.”
Kristina: “Caring, Happy/Fun, Confident.”
Maddie: “Creative, nice, athletic.”
Kristin: “Kind, intelligent, brave.”
Megan: “Fun, nice and creative.”
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of hockey?
Caroline: “That I do well in school, too, and I like to hang out with my family and friends.”
Sydney: “I want people to know that I am a very funny and kind person. I can be loud and crazy, but I can also get down to business. Also, I love to dance.”
Emma: “That I am silly and energetic.”
Maeve: “I love acting and being around people.”
Emily: “I’m a good student, get good grades and I like to do homework. Also I love Starbucks and Netflix.”
Kristina: “Outside of hockey I want people to know that I am dedicated to my school work and care a lot about my grades. Also, I try to work hard and I love my friends and family.”
Maddie: “That I’m really creative.”
Kristin: “I like to read books I pick out (not for school) and play with my dog, Charlie.”
Megan: “i want people to know I am smart and creative.”
Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, who would it be?
Kristina: “Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, my favorite team. It would be hard to pick.”
Alanicia: “My cousin, Jerry Medina who is unfortunately no longer with us.”
Sydney: “It would be a Youtuber. I don’t have a specific Youtuber. I just know it would be one.”
Maeve: “My grandma Deedee.”
Maddie: “My friend Kailey.”
Kristin: “Patrick Kane.”
Megan: “If I could have one person to have ice cream with, if he was still alive, Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?
Kristin: “Just be who you want to be and never let anyone stop you.”
Alanicia: “Perservere. It’s a long word but it means to never give up.”
Sydney: “I would tell them to just be themselves. Don’t get down and always laugh and have fun.”
Maeve: “Don’t be just like me. Be your own person. But I would be honored that she wants to be like me.”
Emily: “Work hard. It’s impossible to be bad at something you practice. Don’t care about what people say about you. Mostly if people talk about you they are jealous. You can do anything you put your mind to.”
Kristina: “The advice I would give to a girl who wants to be like me is never give up. If you don’t give up on yourself and follow your dreams you can accomplish anything. Also, stay positive if you are always down and not positive you will be less likely to reach your goals. Adding on to that staying positive thinking on the bright side will make you more fun to be around and a better person.”
Maddie: “That I am really busy, but I always get stuff done.”
Megan: “I would tell them to try and push your way through the judgement and the harsh feelings towards everyone/everything pushing towards you.”
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?
Maeve: “Who inspires you and why?”
Sydney: “What do you love to do?”
Kristina: “How is she a good leader on her team or in general? Who are her biggest supporters?”
Megan: “What thing/things make you special?”
- SnapChat is a favorite app among the team.
- Sydney’s favorite Halloween candy is Rollos, while Maddie loves Hershey’s Chocolate.
- Emma’s favorite song is “Crash and Burn” by Thomas Rhett.
- In almost unanimous responses, the team’s favorite sports team is the Chicago Blackhawks.
- Math and Language Arts rank highest amongst the team’s favorite subjects.