SCUGOG: Blackstock native, Kirsten Welsh has recently broke the hockey record for most points as a defenceman at her school, Robert Morris University.
After finishing high school in 2015, Kirsten was accepted into the Business Management and Marketing program at Robert Morris University, and offered a division one athletic scholarship, to play hockey at the school. She accepted the scholarship and has played hockey at Robert Morris for a little over two years.
With over a season and a half left to play, Kirsten’s coach, Logan Bittle, is excited she broke the record so early in her career.
“It’s pretty impressive she was able to break the record in just under 3 years. We’re not even into the halfway point of her third year so she still has a year and a half to continue that mark,” Logan said. “We’ve had some really offensive defensemen in our program before, so for her to be able to break the record so quickly is pretty impressive, and I’m excited to see where she takes this over the next year and a half.”
Kirsten set a goal for herself, at the beginning of the year, to break the defensive record and is grateful to have achieved such success so early in the year.
Although, she doesn’t take all the credit, stating she couldn’t have done it without her team.
“It’s not just me who did [it], a big part of it was my team, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates,” Kirsten said.
Logan told the Standard, Kirsten is a great team player and always takes extra steps to help her team.
“She’s definitely a team player. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win, whether it’s score a big goal or make a big defensive stop,” Logan said.
Adding that, Kirsten’s level of dedication to her team out on the ice is matched by her level of dedication in the weight room, when she’s off the ice.
“She is one of the hardest workers we have on our team. She puts in a lot of extra time on the ice, and I know, away from the rink, she does a great job in the weight room,” Logan said.
Through years of training, Kirsten has honed her hockey skills and become one of the top players at her school.
“She shoots the puck as hard anybody in the NCAA, which is obviously a great weapon to have,” Logan said.
Her coach stated, her hard work and commitment to hockey sets a good example for the other girls on her team.
“She has an extremely good work ethic and it’s something, I think a lot of our girls are able to look at and see what she is doing,” Logan said.
Kirsten’s future looks bright, if she pursues a career in the NWHL or CWHL, according to her coach.
“She can go as far as she wants to go in women’s hockey, I believe,” Logan said. “If she chooses to go on and play professional hockey afterwards, I know she’ll be successful wherever she ends up.”
Kirsten said she might like to play hockey after she graduates from Robert Morrison, depending on what her offers are.
In the meantime, Kirsten plans to build upon her record and continue to put points on the board for Robert Morris University.
She said, “Moving forward I’m going to try to keep providing offense for my team, from the defensive end. My team and I are very determined to come back and win the NCAA tournament this year. We fell short last year, from a loss in the first game, against Wisconsin. So this year we want to bring home the cup and make our school proud.