Most Valuable Hawk “Girl Athlete”
by Maddie Evangelous
Sasha Barry is the starting girls ice hockey goalie; she was also the second best goalie in the league this season.
How long have you been playing ice hockey? Who got you into hockey?
When I was younger my dad and brother got me into it. I have been playing hockey for 8 years now.
What do you love most about hockey?
It is a great game to play; hockey is a good way for me to get out any frustration. If I am in a bad mood or upset about something, doing what I love best helps me relieve stress.
What goes through your mind before and during a game?
Before a game I think about different shots that could happen during a game and how I can save them. I try to stay positive and get pumped in order to be ready to do what it takes to save a shot.
What do you do to get ready for a game?
I take alone time to listen to music and stretch so that I can focus on what I need to do on the ice. Before every game I re-tape my stick as a ritual.
How do you feel when you save a shot?
I feel pretty cool; I get happy knowing that I did something to help the team, because saving shots is my only contribution to the team. However it does depend how good the shot was.
What is a strength you have on the ice?
I am flexible, so it is easy for me to get up and down really fast and move quickly.
What is a weakness you have on the ice?
Getting really frustrated quickly, and sometimes I get tired and then become lazy.
What have you accomplished as a hockey player this year?
I have been focused on practicing, saving breakaways and one on ones. I work really hard, and I have gotten much better this year.
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