Herborg Rut Geirsdottir: Icelandic Girls Ready to Take Gold Next Year

Photo taken by: Mats Bekkevold

Herborg Rut Geirsdottir is a 16 years old Icelandic girl who loves ice hockey. She works hard every day to improve her players skills. She lived in Iceland with her family until 2012, when they moved to Norway. They wanted to try something new; her parents got new job offers, and Herborg and her older sister got a chance to play better hockey on the new club.

Herborg’s days start with school classes, and in the afternoon she usually does her homework, goes out with her dog, and has hockey practice. If she doesn’t have a game during the weekend, she works at a store called Flying Tiger of Copenhagen, or she will have some practice.

Herborg Rut Geirsdottir

HOCKEY, SHOPPING  AND HANGING OUT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Herborg is in a relationship with an amazing girl she met at the last World Championship. Although her girlfriend lives and plays in another country, they meet as often as they can. They are coming up on celebrating their first anniversary.

Besides hockey, Herborg loves to go shopping. She is also very interested in other sports. Her favorite soccer team is Liverpool and she also enjoys watching NHL games. She doesn’t have so much free time, but when she does, she likes to spend it with her family and friends.

‘My family was the main reason I started playing hockey.”

A HOCKEY FAMILY

I started playing hockey at the age of 5 or 6. My father has been also playing hockey for many years, as well as my older sister. Practically, my family was the main reason why I also started playing it. My friends were always very supportive of me and thought it was cool, but for me it was a bit hard not having them with me. I was often alone, and I didn’t have many friends on my team, although my teammates were really kind and friendly. Many of them are still my friends today. But, in those days I used to be very shy and not the best at opening up and starting a conversation.

THE BIG CHANGES ARE NEVER EASY

I grew up in a small Iceland town called Akureyri. It was also the place where I started practicing hockey, on the Skautafelag Akureyrar (SA) team. I had played there for several years,  until I moved to Norway in 2012.

So, currently I live in Norwegian town Fredrikstad, just 20 minutes away from the rink where I practice and play hockey. I am a member of the Sparta Warriors hockey team, along with my sister.

‘Currently, I am the captain of the A women’s team, and I’m very proud of it.”

I’M VERY PROUD OF BEING A CAPTAIN OF MY TEAM

A few years ago I played also for the Stjernen U15 and U16 team. But there I played with the boys, and didn’t get so well with the teams and coaches, so I decided to  come back to my previous club, Sparta. Currently I am the captain of the A women’s team, and I’m very proud of it. We compete in the highest Norwegian hockey league, the Elite Series, as well as play every season at the Norwegian Championship.

I’ve also played in the Regional team. For those who are not familiar with it, this is a team where girls from each region try out for the team and then play against other regions. I started playing there at the age of 12, the youngest age possible. This year was my last one.

‘We’re ready to take gold at the next World Championship.” Photo taken by: Mats Bekkevold

THE ICELANDIC TEAM – A GREAT FAMILY THAT WORKS TOGETHER

I’ve had a great honor to represent my country by playing for the senior Icelandic national women’s hockey team. I played my first games at the World Championship when I was 15, in 2017.

A few months ago, I also played for Iceland at the Worlds in Spain. Our team worked so hard, and we came with the great ambitions. Despite losing our head coach just 3 days before the Tournament, I think we did an awesome job.  Instead of being angry and disappointed, we chose to be focused on the game. Our new coach didn’t know how we played, but he did a great job, and helped  us in the best way he could. I still think we deserved to win the Tournament, but some things don’t always go our ways. The Icelandic team is a great family that works together. We’re ready to take the gold medal next year

‘The Icelandic hockey team is a great family that works together.”

THE MOMENTS I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

One of my favorite memories I’ve had while playing hockey was playing with the national team. For two weeks, I was inside my own world, and the only important thing was hockey, and nothing but hockey. The feeling before a game was very  special. I was nervous and shaking but also happy and enjoying it in every way.

I also remember a moment that happened recently, when I had been chosen to be in  on the All-Star Team. The best players were selected by the other teams of the Regional tournament, and I was so honored to be chosen as one. I was so surprised and so happy, it’s indescribable.

GOING BACK TO REALITY WAS PRETTY TOUGH

However, I remember leaving home to Norway after Worlds. Going back to reality was pretty tough. School, work, family and everyday life was awaiting me. The first weeks after coming home were very tough and hard for me. I was very emotional and had a hard time concentrating. I missed the team, the hockey and my teammates from Iceland. It’s always hard to leave them after having so much fun and time spent together.

‘It’s always hard to leave the team after so many time spent together”.

I REALLY LIKE THE PATH I’M ON NOW

I wouldn’t change anything in my past even if I had the chance. I really like the path I’m on now. Definitely, I wouldn’t be where I am now if it hadn’t passed through all my ups and downs, my mistakes and my achievements.

My future plans are just to work on my on and off ice skills, and to go as far as I possibly can as a hockey player. I hope I will keep on practicing as hard as I can and  try to become the best version of myself. I will keep fighting and being crazy on the ice. I won’t stop until I’ve made my highest possible level.