If you had a chance to see Anna Kublina play hockey, the first thing you notice would definitely would be her energy and a fighting spirit. This 20 year old girl from Latvia IS a true leader of her team. According to her teammates, Anna is never afraid of talking in front of the people. She knows how to make them listen, as well as to challenge them. She plays her game with no fear, but she always respects her opponents. She is the one who is always in a good mood and ready to make her friends and teammates laugh. Kublina creates a winning atmosphere in a locker room as well as on an ice rink, but she is also a reliable and loyal friend.
THEY TOUGHT I WOULD GET BORED OF HOCKEY VERY SOON
I was 7 years old when I started playing hockey. One of Latvia’s hockey players, Kaspars Daugavins, persuaded me to go with him and try playing hockey. And I accepted it. My parents reacted like: ”Oh yeah, she’s probably going to play it for a month, and then she’ll get bored!” But, they were wrong: I’m still playing it, ha-ha. 😀
I ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES
I started playing hockey in my birthplace Jelgava, Latvia. Until I was 17, I played with the boys. We were a good team. Together we won some tournaments, and Latvia’s Championship. However, at age 15, (the season 2012/2013) I started playing for the women’s Hockey Club Laima as well. A few years later, in the season 2015/2016, when I was 18, I decided to go to the US. I played there for the Washington Pride team. This was an awesome experience for me, because I’ve always wanted to go and play in the States. The team was very welcoming and friendly. The team spirit was always on the high level. We won that season the JWHL (Junior Women’s Hockey League) Championship, and I was proud I had been a part of the triumph.
LATVIA, THE UNITED STATES AND FINLAND
After the States I got an opportunity to go and play in Finland. So, in the past season (2016/2017) I played for the KJT Naiset. It was also a great experience. And now I’m playing for the U18 boys’ team JLSS in Jelgava, women’s hockey team Laima and Latvian national women’s hockey team.
WE ALL PLAYED AS ONE FOR ALL = ALL FOR ONE
Since I’ve been playing hockey actively for 13 years, I’m not sure I can count all the great memories I have. But if I still had to choose, my most precious memory would definitely be the one from the World Championships in 2014. The Worlds of the I Division, Group B was held in Riga, Latvia, so we had the opportunity to play it at home. Finally, after 5 games, we managed to win gold, the girls were all so close and the team spirit was great. We all played as one for all, and all for one! It was an amazing feeling to play in front of our families, friends and fans in our country. Even now, I get the goose bumps when I remember our joy and excitement while we were, together in a line, singing our national anthem with the gold medals on our chests.
YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME
On the other hand, my bad memories are linked to the Worlds 2013 and 2015, when we lost all the games, so we were eliminated from Division I, Group A. Although we had given our best, we couldn’t manage to stay in the Group anymore. But, this is an integral part of the sport: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. However, it is important to never give up and continue to fight.
Right now I am studying Information Technologies at the Latvian University of Agriculture. My average day is consisted of going to lectures at the University, practicing and playing hockey games. Currently I play for the Jelgava’s U18 boys’ team, and for the women’s hockey team Laima as well. I also play for the Latvian women’s club team, and we participate in Latvia’s U16 Championship.
I WILL KEEP PLAYING HOCKEY AS LONG AS I CAN HANDLE IT
For now, my main goal is to graduate from the University. Honestly, I don’t really know what will happen after that, but we will see. The only thing I know for sure is that I will keep playing hockey as long as I can handle it, ha-ha. 🙂
Last, but not least, I would tell all younger hockey players to chase their dreams. Even though it might seem impossible or incredibly hard, keep on chasing them. At the end, you will feel amazing, because the hard ones are always the best ones to achieve.