CLEVELAND — A hockey participant from Ohio is getting the chance to play on the skilled stage.
On a summer time day in northeast Ohio, Morgan Schauer isn’t taking a break this offseason.
“It’s positively just a little bit completely different. Like, you get to vary it up from simply the usual hockey lifts and all the things. Clearly, the on-ice coaching will intensify after I return,” mentioned Schauer.
The 22-year-old performs hockey, a sport she loves and needs to proceed getting higher at it.
“The velocity, the creativity, identical to the chemistry you possibly can construct along with your teammates while you’re taking part in the sport proper. It’s actually thrilling and it’s one thing you don’t essentially see in another sports activities,” she mentioned.
That love for the game began on the age of 4 when her mom, Peggy, and the household took her to a hockey sport.
“The 2 groups apparently didn’t like one another and throughout the first 5 minutes there was a combat on the ice with blood, and he or she moved herself into the aisle as a result of she thought that was fairly cool to see and one of many gamers flipped her a puck, and from that second on, all she talked about was she needed to play hockey,” mentioned Peggy.
Morgan would spend lots of time in vehicles for the subsequent 20 years touring across the state and nation for apply and video games. Because of the lack of choices within the space for feminine hockey gamers, Morgan confronted some obstacles.
“I positively performed on lots of boys groups, so being the one lady on all-boys groups was in all probability an expertise that lots of ladies my age who play hockey had. It was nice however, positively, it’s a bit onerous being the one lady generally. You must work twice as onerous simply to maintain up and compete with the boys, earn their respect and all the things,” she mentioned.
The journey would ultimately land Morgan at Lengthy Island State in New York.
She’d turn into the primary Shark athlete to be drafted to an expert crew when the Metropolitan Riveters of the Nationwide Ladies’s Hockey League made her dream of taking part in on the subsequent stage come true.
“It wasn’t essentially one thing that I used to be anticipating, however my coaches at LIU had been actually nice in serving to me discover a crew to play for, that was going to work with my skilled profession schedule. So, I’m actually excited. It’s an incredible feeling to know that I can proceed taking part in hockey at a excessive stage,” mentioned Morgan.
Morgan will make the transfer again to New York and work as a student-teacher whereas taking part in hockey.
And for mother, all these journeys within the minivan had been value it.
“You get lots of nice household time being within the automobile collectively, going to the video games, simply watching her play and it’s one thing that she’s had a ardour for her complete life,” Peggy mentioned.
Again within the health club, the work continues.
That’s a ardour that’ll proceed not simply as a participant, however as an envoy to younger women who additionally love the game.
“Numerous my associates identical to nonetheless taking part in hockey on the elite stage and we’re actually identical to making an attempt to positively attain again wherever we will and like construct the game for younger women as a result of that’s what it’s all about is watching the game develop and doing what we love and sharing it with different individuals,” mentioned Schauer.