Today we're highlighting the three goaltenders on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, who are all set to make their debuts on the Olympic stage in PyeongChang. Read more on each netminder below.
Nicole Hensley (Lakewood, Colo.) is set to make her Olympic debut in 2018 after helping the U.S. Women’s National Team earn gold at both the 2016 and 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships. Hensley won three games in goal for Team USA at the 2017 world championship, including the gold-medal game vs. Canada, while compiling a goals-against average of .0.63 and a save percentage of .964. Hensley was also a member of the championship-winning U.S. squads at the 2016 and 2017 Four Nations Cups.
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Advice to young hockey players:
Enjoy every second and just have fun!
Favorite small area game:
Favorite Hobbies Outside of Hockey
Fishing, rock climbing, hiking, country music concerts, mini golf, indoor soccer, slow-pitch softball
Remember the Titans, Hercules, The Secret Life of Pets, The Avengers, She's The Man, Harry Potter
Five Items You'll Find in Her Gym Bag
Bluetooth earbuds, heart rate monitor, water bottle, almond butter protein bars, citrus gum
Alex Rigsby (Delafield, Wis.) is also making her debut on the Olympic stage in PyeongChang. The Delafield, Wisconsin, native is a four-time gold medalist at the IIHF Women’s World Championship, having helped Team USA win titles in the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Rigsby has also been a member of the 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 U.S. teams that took home championships at the Four Nations Cup. A 2009 gold medalist with the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team, Rigsby has won 19 games in a Team USA sweater all-time with a .924 save percentage and 1.69 goals-against average.
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Best Piece of Advice She's Received:
Stay present and focus on the task at hand
Favorite USA Hockey Memory:
Making it to the 2005 National Championship game as a U12
Any biographies of athletes and/or successful individuals
Favorite Hobby Outside of Hockey:
A Perfect Off-Day Would Consist Of:
Sleeping in, having brunch while watching TV, then going out to do a fun activity like hiking, rollerblading, shopping, or going to visit her parents' house
Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made her National Team debut at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship with a shutout victory against Russia, and followed up that performance by earning three victories in goal for the U.S. at the 2017 Four Nations Cup. Set to make her Olympic debut next month, Rooney has played two years of college hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She earned All-WCHA Third Team honors after backstopping the Bulldogs to a 25-7-5 record with a .924 save percentage and a 1.65 goals-against average in 2016-17.
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Favorite Professional Hockey Team:
Competition Rituals/Superstitions/Lucky Charms:
She has worn the same headband (washed of course) since PeeWees
Hidden Talent/Little-Known Fact:
She is a good artist, and likes to draw and paint
Quote To Live By:
"Don't tell me to reach for the stars when there are footprints on the moon."