A former Power Player talks about her four seasons on the job
Four years ago when I auditioned to be part of the Anaheim Ducks Power Players, I had no idea that I would be sitting here today looking back on such an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
At only 19, I remember the day I decided to just go for it and tryout to become a Power Player. Having grown up playing water polo and swimming competitively, I had never been on hockey skates. After attending several Ducks games, I was determined to become a Power Player.
I spent months at the rink teaching myself how to hockey stop, turn, and skate fast in preparation for the big day. When it finally came down to audition day, I pulled out my lucky socks, new hockey skates and just hoped for the best. At tryouts I met some really good skaters, was chosen to be interviewed by Ducks TV reporter Kent French, and met other girls who ended up making the team as well.
Four years later, I can honestly say I have truly had the time of my life. Not everyone can say they have represented their favorite team, skated in front of 17,000 fans and learned something new about themselves. Through the Ducks, I have met some of my closest friends, taught myself how to skate even better, been on the cover of a swimsuit calendar, met some of the nicest, most dedicated fans and had the opportunity to represent my favorite team in the community in which I was born and raised.
Being given this opportunity, I am blessed to say there was never one dull moment. Outside of the uniform, I have taken numerous vacations, celebrated birthdays, gone to graduation parties and had plenty of beach and skating days with my teammates. Not to mention while in uniform, I have had the opportunity to ride the Zamboni, contribute in intermission games and various promotions on the ice and in the stands and work at numerous outside charity and special events.
Now reaching my four-year cap as a Power Player, I have countless memories to look back on, and I am honored to say it was a huge part of my life. While a Power Player I was able to balance a full-time school schedule and complete my Bachelor's degree at Cal State Long Beach. Being a Power Player and a student, I was lucky to have the best of both worlds.
My advice for anyone who has the desire to audition and become part of the best ice crew in Orange County: I recommend practicing your ice skating (in hockey skates) and becoming knowledgeable about Ducks hockey and the NHL. When auditioning, make sure to let your best personality come out both on the ice and off it!
The Ducks have been a significant part of my life, and I am excited to see the Power Player position grow over the years. Best of luck to all of you, and let’s go Ducks!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
- Wayne Gretzky
Find out more about Power Player auditions on July 7