Interview with WAM! captain Danielle Holliday

Danielle Holliday has won 2 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold at the Canadian Ringette Championships, won NRL’s rookie of the year in 2011, and is currently an assistant coach for the Edmonton U19AA’s and is playing her fifth year on the Edmonton WAM!.

What do you do off the ice?
Off the ice I am a substitute teacher in St. Albert. I like to go snowboarding in the winter or go out on the lake in the summer.

What aspect of the sport do you like the most?
I like the team aspect of ringette the most. It’s my WAMily who really motivate me to put in that extra workout and to push myself to become better every day.

What do you like the most about the NRL?
My favorite part about the NRL is that every game matters. Every time you step on the ice you are playing against some of the best players in Canada. Seasons can come down to 1 point- making every game very competitive.

What is your take on the team this year?
The WAM! is a force to be reckoned with. Our mixture of young and "old" WAMbits makes our team very driven and unpredictable. I think this is a group to watch out for.

How do you think you’ve changed as a player from your rookie year in the NRL to now? What is the most valuable thing that you have learned playing in the NRL for the past few years?
I’ve changed a ton as a player from my rookie year in the NRL to now. From being a 19-year-old rookie playing with 34 year olds to now being a 23-year-old vet and being the 3rd oldest on the team… a ton has changed! I was Defence from my rookie year up until December of last year where I began playing forward. The most valuable thing I have learnt playing in the NRL for the past few years is that every game counts. You can get knocked out of Nationals from one point. So every time you step on the ice, you have to play every game like it’s your last- because it very well could be.

Favorite quote?
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, the hours of practices and the coaches who have pushed you…is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… Play for her.”

Advice for aspiring ringette players?
My advice for aspiring ringette players would be to stick with it. You’ll have your lowest of lows and your highest of highs with ringette but in the end it’s all worth it-Work hard and dream big.