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Victoria Shea

1) Any story or significance behind your jersey number? 
I chose 33 because when I was little because I really liked Zdeno Chara.

2) At what age did you start playing hockey?
8 years old

3) What is your favorite hockey memory?
There are so many, but I would have to go with the year when my team won all of our tournament, we won NIHL and got the President's Cup.

4) Most embarrassing hockey moment?
I would have to say last season when I was rushing the puck up ice and didn’t stop so I ran into the net, then the following shift I did the same thing but this time ran into the goalie.

5) What is a hockey accomplishment that you are proud of?
Being captain of my team, it shows how not only do the coaches respect and trust me but also my teammates.

6) Who is your favorite hockey coach and why?
It’s really hard to choose just one coach because I love my coaching staff this year. So I would say all of them. Michaela, Kelsey, and Bri all have different coaching styles but I like all of them. They all know how to balance having fun but also working hard. They have taught me so much, and they are so patient with not only my team but as well as the 14’s. I honestly have no idea how they can deal with all of us girls.

7) What has hockey mean to you over the years?
Hockey has been a huge part of my life, I wouldn’t be who I am without it. It had given me my best friends and so many great memories.

8) What would you like to say to your parents?
Thank you for all the sacrifices you guys have made for me to play a sport I love so much. You both have been my greatest supporters and I’m so grateful to have you both. Also thanks for taking pics at all my games love them.

9) What are your plans after high school?
I will be attending UW Eau-Claire, majoring in nursing. I will be playing lacrosse for the school and am planning to play on the  school’s club hockey team. #rollgolds

Parent thoughts:
Toad’s first season playing hockey was a bit of a struggle. She was transitioning from figure skating and early on, we weren’t sure hockey was for her. Throughout the early parts of the season, she would perform spins or small jumps while waiting for puck drop during faceoffs and we had some doubts about hockey being a sport for her. That all changed late in her first season after winning a physical puck battle against a boy who was twice her size. She found her role, goals were nice but breaking up a play or taking the puck from a forward is what motivated her. Sure, she was tiny but she had the ferocity of a Rottweiler and her compete level was off the charts. Hockey has given her opportunities to grow as a
player but more importantly, as a person. We couldn’t possibly be any prouder of Toad for both her on and off ice accomplishments.