Sport is so much more than the games we play. There are so many wonderful aspects and lessons of life that go along with sport.
The notion of team is one of those things. Stephanie Molloy, a 14-year-old Grade 9 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate, plays hockey for her school and for the AA Winnipeg Twins, and being a good teammate is very important to her.
"Being a teammate is a real big part of hockey. Individual skill is very important, but to be a good team you have to work together," she said.
I asked Stephanie who her favourite player was, and her response very much surprised me, considering she is just 14.
"Bobby Orr. He was a very good defenceman, and really good offensively. He revolutionized the position" said Stephanie, who also plays defence.
"I never saw him play, but I have watched YouTube clips."
Stephanie’s strengths on the ice include her skating and passing, and when I asked her if her game resembled Orr’s she said, "I play somewhat offensively."
Stephanie’s favourite pre-game meal before afternoon games is "waffles, eggs, and ham."
She has lofty goals which include the ultimate — "To play for the Canadian Woman’s Olympic Team."
Stephanie understands she is sometimes seen as a role model and had this to offer to younger athletes:
"Keep your head up and be a team player."
During our conversation, Stephanie often brought up the idea and understanding she has of both being on a team and being a team player. A young athlete with a solid understanding of this will reap rewards in all areas of life when he or she understands the true meaning of being a part of a team, and Stephanie Molloy definitely does.
"Hockey teaches you to be more of a community. That it is important, you need other people around. Playing sports is a very positive aspect of life."
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.