Support Your Country With Alexis

by Alexis Straughan
USA v CANADA pic

“You know it’s an important game when there are two Zambonis doing the ice”, my dad said jokingly as we were sitting there watching the Zambonis come on to resurface the ice after the U.S. and Canadian WU18 teams went to their locker rooms after warm-ups. But he was right, this was important.


Right up against the boards. // Photo by: Alexis Straughan

These girls were playing much faster than anything I’ve ever played against, and were more physical than the bantam team I played for before high school.


When they got back on the ice and the puck dropped, I was soon surprised at the speed of play and how physical they were. These girls were playing much faster than anything I’ve ever played against, and were more physical than the bantam team I played for before high school.  Being a goalie, I watched the game more from that standpoint than as a skater. There was a lot of pressure put on the Canadian goalie throughout the game. She had a lot of tough shots with hard rebounds, and shots through a lot of traffic. The U.S. goalie also played an amazing game, and made a lot of great saves when her team was on the penalty kill.


USA 3 Canada 1 #forthwin // Photo by: Alexis Straughan

Imagine what that feeling would be, knowing you are representing your country.


Watching the game got me thinking a lot about what it would be like to be playing for my country, at the ages of mainly 16 and 17. I play high school hockey during the winter, and every time I put my jersey on and step onto the ice, I feel the pride of being able to play for and represent my school. Imagine what that feeling would be, knowing you are representing your country. I got the opportunity to talk to the mother of a girl on the U.S. team, so I asked her a few questions. The first question I asked was about the commitment necessary to play at this level.  “It’s very tedious, but well worth it”, she said. Her daughter has given up a lot, and trained and worked very hard on and off the ice to be able to play at this level. “The commitment level needs to be there.” I also asked her what it is like for her, as a parent, to have a daughter playing for the USA.  “You never think about it when they’re younger”, she said, “but as they get older and the opportunities are there, dreams start coming true. There’s nothing better than playing for your country and listening to the national anthem being played.”

USA won 3-1 with an empty-net goal with 33 seconds left on the clock.  I was very happy that I got the chance to watch these girls—my age—play at such a high level.

Check out these Pics from Alexis’ trip to Blaine for the big game!

Alexis' tweet before the game!

Didn't know where the puck was. Goalie's worst nightmare. // Photo by Alexis Straughan

USA powerplay // Photo by Alexis Straughan

Team Canada Warm Ups Before The Game // Photo by Alexis Straughan


Alexis is 15 years old and from Marshfield, Wisconsin.  She plays goalie for the Marshfield Tigers in the winter and the Northern Wisconsin Blizzards AAA in the summer.  To Alexis, hockey is her life.  She wants to play college hockey when she’s older.  She also loves softball and spending time with her friends and family. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexisStraughan


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