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Katie Miyazaki - Grad 2006

By Webmaster, 10/01/19, 10:15PM PDT


When and for how long did you play with the Ravens/RGIH?

I started playing in 2000 in Peewee and played until 2006. I didn’t play my final year of Midget because I decided to focus on basketball in preparation for University. In addition to playing, I was also a referee.

Why did you start playing?

I always loved hockey growing up. I watched it on TV, read the stats every morning in the newspaper, and played it outside in my backyard and on the street with my neighbours. My parents started me off in Ringette when I was 5 years old, but I really wanted to play hockey. They brought me to watch some of the games at the Ice Classic when I was older and I made the switch the following year to hockey.

What’s your best memory/highlight from being with the Ravens/RGIH?

My favourite memory is when we won provincials during the 2001-2002 season. Provincials were in Vernon and it was one of the first times any of us had played full games with ice cleans in between the periods. We were the underdogs and beat Victoria 2-1 to win the final. I don’t think many people expected us to have a chance to win.

It was even better because I had a cousin on the other team and I stopped her on a breakaway late in the game. I still have the game on a VHS tape.

What are you up to now/ what have you been up to since graduating from the Ravens/RGIH?

I played 5 years of university basketball at Simon Fraser University and the University of Saskatchewan. Since graduating university in 2013, I’ve been working for the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA) coaching wheelchair basketball. I also worked with the women’s wheelchair basketball national team and was an assistant coach at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

I still occasionally play hockey but haven’t really updated my equipment since 2006! I only updated to a one piece stick a few years ago and still wear my super old CCM Tacks. I had really missed playing hockey while I was focused on basketball during university.

In the past few years I have been getting back on the ice more. I helped coach a women’s development team, a midget hockey team, and was helping teach power skating and hockey skills in the mornings. It is great to help people get started in the sport, whether they are 5 years old or 50 years old!

Why would you recommend girls sign up to play hockey?

I love all sport, especially hockey, because of the impact it can have on girls in their life. I think hockey is a great opportunity for girls to develop confidence and learn they are capable of more than they know. Hockey provides an avenue for girls to push their limits and overcome obstacles.  I think playing a sport also provides a better insight for when you then watch the sport. Whether you play for a year or for the rest of your life, you develop a new appreciation.