Dutchwoman of the Week: Melissa Black ’19

Melissa Black ’19 stretches out during a women’s ice hockey game. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Sports Editor

Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Major: Undeclared

Sport: Women’s Ice Hockey


Notable: Black recently earned her 900th save, an impressive feat for a rookie.

Q: When did you start playing ice hockey and what influenced you to start playing?

A: I started playing when I was ten years old and my dad got me interested in playing.


Q: When did you decide you wanted to become a goaltender?

A: I wanted to be a goalie right from the beginning. I only played like one game as a player; I didn’t want to skate much.


Q: Did you expect to see so much action as a rookie?

A: No, I expected to not play much at all. But it’s been really cool to come in and play in most games. Everyone’s been very encouraging; especially the seniors, they really help me out a lot.

Q: What’s been your favorite memory with the women’s ice hockey team so far?

A: My favorite memory’s probably when we went to Minnesota at the beginning of the year. A lot of friendships were formed and it was really interesting to play out there.


Q: What are your thoughts on the newly-established National Women’s Hockey League?

A: I think it’s really great that there’s finally a league and that there’s been a lot of attention drawn around it.


Q: What is your favorite thing about Union?

A: I’d have to say my favorite thing is just the fact that it’s so small.


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