Nov. 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – A center from Paradise, N.L., senior Sarah Davis is an assistant captain for this year’s Gopher squad. Davis’s hockey career began with figure skating, but she quickly traded in leotards for a stick and helmet because she wanted to be just like her older brother, Bryan. The University of Minnesota is the only school Davis seriously considered as she has felt right at home with the Golden Gophers since her first visit to campus.
How did you first start playing hockey?
I started skating when I was about three years old. I started out with figure skating. My brother played hockey, and I wanted to be just like him so I eventually got into hockey, too.
My brother Bryan and I are pretty close in age. There was always a competition no matter what we were doing. When I was in grade 10 and he was in grade 12, we played on the same high school team. That was pretty cool.
How did you choose the University of Minnesota?
I went to school in Alberta in my eleventh and twelfth-grade years, and I got to know Coach Frost and [former assistant coach] Jamie Wood. I came to visit the school, and I really liked what I saw.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
The mall area is always really pretty.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from your coaches?
It’s pretty cliché, but just practice how you play. You don’t want to get into bad habits. What you do on practice days will transfer over to game days. I think that has really helped me in my four years here.
What is your best hockey memory with the Gophers?
Winning two national championships is definitely up there. On any road trip, there are so many stories that could be told, too. Road trips are a great time.
What’s your favorite rink to play at away from home?
I like small, cold rinks. We don’t play them very much, but Harvard has a great rink.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
I have to put everything on my left side first. I have to tape my stick a certain way and wax it a certain way before every game. What I do for an on-ice warm-up has to be the same every game.
What will be the key to success for this year’s team?
I think the big thing is to not get caught up in the past and just start a new page. The coaches really say this a lot, but we’re a different team than last year. We can’t expect the same things. Just come at it with a fresh start.
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