The NHL’s hottest, most spirited female player

Photo Just like every other top-level professional sports player, it is vital that Tatiana Calderon is fit and healthy when she enters the rink. But Calderon, 23, doesn’t just run and pull-ups to keep…

The NHL’s hottest, most spirited female player

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Just like every other top-level professional sports player, it is vital that Tatiana Calderon is fit and healthy when she enters the rink. But Calderon, 23, doesn’t just run and pull-ups to keep fit, her athletic skill set is equally important.

“A lot of the hockey games I play, I compete in a way that I’m not a very high-volume goal scorer,” she told Yahoo Sports when asked about her approach to the sport.

“I have to be smart and rely on my knowledge of the game, my position, the positions and I have to adapt. Sometimes, I’m playing against men’s hockey and other times I’m playing against players who are still in school. So it’s about finding that balance in a sport that can be so technical and demanding.”

The woman leading her team through practices and in tests is just one example of what is possible for female athletes in sports without gender inequality. Seven years ago, Calderon was among the first woman to play as a professional hockey player, and she’s accomplished more in her short time as a professional than any other hockey player. Her story has been profiled twice by Yahoo.

“I knew that there was an all-female league,” Calderon told Yahoo Sports. “I read about the women’s league and wanted to play there. I watched the Women’s World Cup and the Olympics and wanted to experience a hockey tournament with women, just like the men’s tournaments. I also started doing research about how it is possible for me to make it to the NHL and realized that there is a lot that can be done if a female player in hockey is to have an opportunity to play at the highest level.”

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