Getting to know Richmond Hill Lightning’s veteran and captain, Beth Hurren #14

How did you end up where you are today?
‘I first started playing ringette, many years ago, as a part of the Pickering Ringette Association bunny program. From there I’ve been a member of several different associations, including Oshawa, Waterloo and Sudbury to name a few. 12 years ago, Richmond Hill opened the door to an Open AA/NRL program and I am grateful and proud to now call RHRA home!’

What do you do off the ice?
‘Away from the arena, I work as a registered massage therapist in multi-disciplinary clinics based in Ajax and Whitby. I try to spend as much time at the cottage as possible in the off-season where I enjoy open water paddling, beach volleyball and mountain biking. For the most part, if it’s an activity you can do outdoors, I’m in.’

What is the best part of being in the NRL?
‘The best part of being in the NRL is knowing that every time I step on the ice, for games or practice, I know that I am being challenged by some of the best athletes in the country.’

What is your take on the team this year?
‘I think the group of athletes that make up the Bolts this season are a threat to any team in the league. We have acquired a lot of young talent that bring energy and enthusiasm to every game. Obviously there is always room for improvement and consistency is a chronic concern, but with this base of athletes, along with future acquisitions, I think Richmond Hill is going to have a bright future in the NRL.’

Advice for aspiring NRL Players:
‘There is life, in ringette, after U19 for any athlete willing to make the sacrifices and commit to working hard. The NRL is the elite league in the country and is what any player, coach or official should be striving toward.’