Chelsey Goldberg is a 25 year American professional hockey player. She was born and raised in Agoura Hills, California. Currently she’s living in Boston, pursuing her dreams of playing professional hockey. Chelsey used to play Division 1 college hockey at Northeastern University, also in Boston, for four years. After graduating, she decided to stay at NU and pursue a Masters degree. Furthermore, she signed a two-year professional hockey contract with the Boston Blades, in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. For her, it was one of the best decisions of her life.
HOCKEY TAUGHT ME MANY LIFE LESSONS
Up until this past December (2017), she was working as an event manager at the University while she was completing her Masters Degree. Goldberg has recently graduated from her program, so she’s currently working on starting her own business. Her hockey career has not been easy by any means, but it has certainly taught her many life lessons and made her into a stronger and better person along the way. Therefore, her goal is to continue to help others, who may be facing adversity. This young lady would like to serve as a mentor, life coach, and/or motivational speaker to those who may be seeking help or advice.
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST
In her free time Chelsey enjoys hanging out and catching up with friends, family, and her dogs. When the sun is shining, the beach is always calling her name. Most of her time outside of hockey or work involves the outdoors, hiking, finding a lake/pool, water sports, snowboarding in the winter. She adores just spending time with the most important people in her life.
FROM CALIFORNIA TO VERMONT
I started playing hockey at the age of 10. My mother was a swimmer, and my two older siblings (brother and sister) were soccer players. My twin brother and I played the typical California sports (soccer, lacrosse, swim, etc) growing up. Then we discovered roller hockey with some of our best friends. We were 10 years old when we attempted roller hockey. Two years after, we switched to play ice hockey, for the Ventura Mariners. I played guys hockey for a few years before switching to the girls side. Then I played with the LA Selects, Anaheim Lady Ducks, North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vermont, and eventually the Northeastern University Huskies in Boston, Massachusetts.
THE EXPOSURE THAT EACH OF US WAS GIVEN WAS INCREDIBLE
I decided to move across country to Vermont for my junior and senior year of high school. I was offered a spot to play on one of most elite and competitive women’s hockey team in the country. It definitely took my game to another, higher level. We traveled to play at least four or five games every weekend, and the exposure that each of us was given was absolutely incredible. North American Hockey Academy and the Junior Women’s Hockey League no doubt helped me commit to Northeastern University. It also allowed me to successfully achieve my dream of playing college hockey. And, I am currently playing professional hockey for the Boston Blades in the CWHL.
While all completely worth it, the journey was not easy.
DON’T LET ANYTHING STAND IN YOUR WAY
I happened to break both of my legs while I was in Vermont. My first fibula broke my junior year of high school, and my second fibula (almost a year to the day) broke my senior year, both playing the game that I love at one of the highest levels. I was out of competition for four years in a row, so junior year at NU was my first year being able to play again, and those years were truly some of the most difficult years of my life.
WHEN LIFE THROWS CHALLENGES AT YOU, JUST KEEP IN MIND THERE IS A REASON FOR THE ADVERSITY
My coaches, teammates, family, and friends helped me stay strong and believe that I would come back even faster, stronger and better. Fortunately I had already committed to play College Hockey at Northeastern University and my coach honored my scholarship. But, there were many life lessons to be learned. One of the most important ones that I can share is to never give up. When life throws challenges at you, just keep in mind there is a reason for the adversity. It will only make you a stronger and better person in the end. If I could take all my past problems back or do anything differently, I would do it all over again.
MY GREATEST HOCKEY MEMORY – WINNING THE BEANPOT CHAMPIONSHIP
My best hockey memories have no doubt been shared with my amazing teammates and friends that I have met along the way. One of the greatest aspects to this game has been the people that have come and continue to make an impact in my life. Some of my life long friends have been made through hockey, and even becoming friends with opponents along the way makes the game so much more fun and enjoyable as well.
However, winning the Beanpot Championship, two years in a row while I was at Northeastern University is still one of my greatest hockey memories. For those of you who are not aware, the Beanpot Tournament is one of the biggest tournaments throughout college hockey, on both the men and women’s side. Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern University compete in a series to claim bragging rights as “Boston’s best team”. Hundreds to thousands of people come to cheer on their favorite team.
We happened to win my freshman and sophomore year. So, that was no doubt one of the coolest experiences to be a part of.
I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
Looking ahead isn’t much of a specialty of mine. I’m a big believer in living in the moment, and whatever life has in store for you will work itself out. My future right now consists of continuing to play hockey at the professional level. I’m also planning to continue growing my business and helping as many people as I can, being the best version of myself to others. I want to travel more, and I will eventually be moving back home to California.
My message to young players is to always have fun, before anything. If you’re not having fun, why are you playing? If you are facing adversity, overcoming an injury, or not sure how to deal with a difficult life situation or decision, you’re not alone and it’s all part of the journey. So, I would say trust the process and if you continue to believe in yourself, work hard and never give up, then whatever is meant to be will happen.