From your perspective, what role does having female broadcast talent play in growing the game across the U.S.?
I think it’s huge, but it’s more than just showing up and being the female face on television. I think it’s the fact that they are as qualified as any male that is going to sit in that role. They work just as hard and they know the game just as well as anybody else. It’s not just any female in these positions, you’re putting in Olympic champions, gold medalists, women who have played hundreds of games and paved the way for women who come after them. Having them in there is incredible credibility. The resume behind each one of these broadcasters and everyone behind the scenes on Sunday is just as good as anyone else in any other sport in the country.
Have you seen a difference in the growth of the women’s game since the U.S. won the Olympic gold medal in 2018?
I always used the 2018 gold-medal game as a real turning point for women in hockey. I didn’t really see the full morphing of women in hockey until 2018 when the U.S. won gold in South Korea. What those women achieved was the best of the best, but what they did after they achieved that gold medal was even bigger. They went around the country for the next year promoting the game. They were so visible and they were all so attainable. It’s one thing to be visible, but they were also going into communities and meeting one-on-one with girls’ hockey programs. They didn’t just walk the walk, they backed it up, big time.
Do you have a favorite moment or event that you covered in your career? Why does it stand out?
It’s so hard to pick. I love the big events. There is so much excitement around the Stanley Cup Final. I don’t think there’s a greater trophy in sports than the Stanley Cup. Also the Olympics. I think back to my very first Olympics in 2014 in Sochi and my whole life I thought if I can broadcast and Olympic game, that would be so cool. As a little girl I was glued to the television with particularly the Winter Olympics, they were my favorite, but the Summer Olympics, too. To be able to broadcast for NBC in Sochi in 2014 in my very first Olympics, I will never ever forget that. I kept a journal and I was writing home quite frequently to family and friends. That to me was one of the biggest moments of my career.
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