Once Juha was finished with college, she moved back down to Florida and wanted to swiftly get back on the ice. Juha, her mom and sister wanted to skate in the FWHL, but the Fort Myers Skatium didn’t have a team.
No big deal. Juha organized the formation of the team, bringing together players who didn’t fit on the other teams in the league. That team surprised everyone and won the league title in its first year.
Juha has also competed in the USA Hockey Adult Women’s National Championships “four or five times” over the years, winning the Women’s B League title in 2014. This past April, Juha, her mom and sister played on the Saucy Llamas in the Adult Women’s Nationals 30+ Tier 2 division. Despite not winning a game in the tournament, Juha enjoyed the experience.
Juha never misses a chance to get on the ice. Why is hockey so important to her?
“It’s fun and I don’t want to sound conceited, but it’s easy for me,” Juha said. “I’ve been doing it so long that I like being one of the best people out there when I’m playing.”
At 33 years old, Juha has plenty of years left on the ice — she wants to make sure of that.
“I played with a lady, the one team I play goalie for, I think she’s in her 70s now,” Juha said. “I plan to play forever.”
Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.