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Avros star steps up to the Bisons

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Alexandra Anderson is an 18-year-old, soon-to-be graduate of West Kildonan Collegiate who is pretty excited about life right now.

Alexandra has always enjoyed playing sports but right now hockey is getting most of her attention.

"I started playing when I was five. I took a bit of a break and then got back into the game at nine. My dad would make a rink in the back for my brother and I to play on."

Alexandra played for the Winnipeg Avros this past season and recently agreed to join the University of Manitoba Bisons, beginning next season.

"There aren’t many levels higher than that level of competition," she says. "I am really looking forward to the opportunity."

Alexandra takes her play on the blue line very seriously and has a sound understanding of her own game.

"I lean towards being a bit of an offensive defenceman but I still take care of our defensive zone and play a physical game."

Alexandra recently had a moment she will never forget. She was with her team on the way to a tournament in the United States when a snow storm delayed their flight. She and her teammates ended taking a tour of the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks. As part of the tour, they got to visit the dressing room of her favourite player.

"As soon as we walked into the dressing room I burst into tears. Just to be in a NHL dressing room was amazing.

"Then I saw the stall of Jonathan Toews, and I just had to sit in it. I sat there for a good 30 seconds. It was awesome."

Given the photos a while back of Justin Bieber stepping on the Blackhawks logo on the dressing room carpet, a big no-no in the sports world, I asked Alexandra if her team was mindful of the logo.

"Oh yeah, we talked about that. Everyone was making sure no one did the Bieber!"

Ha! Good luck and kick butt Alexandra!

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies. If you know of an athlete whose story Troy should tell, contact him at: troy.westwood@bellmedia.ca

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