In my life, I’ve met a lot of girls who play ice hockey: some of them were really promising, but already finished their careers, others are still actively playing, but their performance is somehow lifeless and pale. And the third group are the girls who play hockey with passion, desire and fight in their eyes.
Ana Pršina from Slovenia is one of them: although she is just 21, she had 7 knee surgeries, and still playing hockey.
How have you started practicing ice hockey?
When I was 3, my father took me to the ice-rink where I saw some hockey players, and it was love at the first sight. Very soon I started practicing ice hockey in HDK Lisjaki, in Maribor. All of our relatives and neighbors were thinking the hockey was not for girls, but I didn’t care at all. In elementary school, everybody wanted me for the tough things and fight, for I was big and practicing ice hockey. I was always guilty, no matter if I was in school or not. (smile)
But hockey has also given you some precious memories?
Oh, yes, it’s very difficult to choose between so many beautiful moments… Being one of the best Slovenian girls players, I was invited from IIHF to come to Canada for some testing. It was the year when IIHF celebrated the federation’s 100th anniversary, by holding the top division WCC tournament in the country where hockey was born. I was very honored being able to watch the best world players playing alive…
They drove all night, and passed 1000 km to support me
I also remember my first tournament in the national jersey. We were playing on a pre-Olympic qualifications tournament, the results were very tight, and the last game was crucial for the next round. A night before the game, my parents set in the car, and drove whole night about 1000 km (600 miles), just to be there and support me. I will never forget the feeling I saw them around the ice-rink.
And, in one period of your life, you had problems with your knees…
I’ve had 7 knees surgeries, almost all of them for other reason: I had torn meniscus twice, three times reconstruction of the front cruciate ligaments, one surgery was some kind of transplantation, and the last one was called manipulation. I think I spend half of my life in hospitals…
After first four surgeries, I was thinking it would be alright, after 5th surgery I lost hope I would ever play hockey again. But after 7th surgery of the orthopedic surgeon, I finally found out I can still play, and it really means a lot to me. The rehabilitation period was very long and painfull, but it is now behind me. Of course, I have a fear of getting injured again, especially before the practice or game. But when i stand on ice, my fear desappeares. I can not explain it.
You’re 21 now, a whole life is in front of you. What do you do now, and what are your plans for the future?
Well, I study for the physiotherapist in Slovenia, now I’m on the 2nd year. I adore fishing and playing ultimate fresbee. Of course, I practice hockey again, in HC ECE Celje from Slovenia. Our goal is to be the best in domestic league, and play in DEBL league in the next season. These days I was invited again to the national camp, and it means a lot to me.
Do you have something to tell to younger players?
I would just quote a thought of Karen Salmansohn, the best selling self-help book author with over one million books sold: Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take!
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
If I’ve told you Canadian girls can play a super hockey, I wouldn’t tell you nothing new: everybody knows that.
But the story gets a different craft if I tell you that the Dalmatians can play hockey either, although they are dogs.
Averi Nooren, Stephanie Nehring, Stacey Scott are Canadians, Amie Varano is from United States, and Jelena Grkovic is Hungarian Serb. They all play ice hockey for KMH from Budapest, and live together in a same apartment. Some of them are students, the other have finished their colleges. Like all other girls their age, they like to go out, play cards, dance, travel and so many other things.
But, when it comes to the Halloween, they all become dalmatians and with their Cruella Deville, go to pet friendly ice hockey parties. 🙂
For a few days, the fourth biggest town in Hungary, Miskolc, will be the host of an interesting female ice hockey Tournament: Four Nations Cup.
The Tournament is for the players U25, and the participiants are France, Denmark, South Korea and Hungary, as the host. The team from Denmark is currently on the 11st place in the 2017 Women’s World Ranking, with 2490 points, France is on the 13rd place (2455), Hungarian girls take the 15th place (2280), and, finally, South Korea is on the 22nd place, with 1915 points.
We recall, at the previous World Championship of the IA division, held in Graz (Austria) this year, in the mutual battles, the Hungarians beat Denmark (2-0) and France (1-0), and Dunkins were better than the French (1-0). Korea is maybe the weakest team on this Tournament, but it is expected that this year’s host of the 23rd Winter Olympic Games will provide a decent resistance.
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