McKenna Oswald plays defence for the SAIT women’s hockey team, and is looking to provide help for her new team.
Oswald is from Waldersee, Man.
At the age of five, she started playing on the lake behind her home, and her dad showed her the fundamentals of the game.
“My dad got us into it really early,” she recalled in a recent interview.
Before attending SAIT, she played for the Central Plains Capitals, a Midget AAA team where last season she played 43 games and contributed two assists.
Her sister Elisha Oswald is in her second year playing goalie for the Trojans and is a health information management student. Before SAIT, Elisha played for the University of Manitoba Bisons.
McKenna Oswald said that her sister was a big influence in recruiting her to come to SAIT and to play for the Trojans.
“My sister was already here and it was cool getting away from growing up in a small town. Coming here was a lot different than playing for another team back home.
“It is a great school, it’s different, and they have a really good program here. It is a really exciting opportunity.”
Currently McKenna Oswald is also enrolled in the health information management program because she is interested in the medical field.
Her favourite hockey memory was two years ago, playing for the Central Plains Capitals. They got second place in their league.
“That was a pretty good memory,” said McKenna Oswald.
As a hockey player, she said she wants to get better every day, improve her skills, and try to fulfil her potential.
My dad got us into it really early. – McKenna Oswald
Being the rookie on a new team can be kind of intimidating, she admits.
“I’ve been a bit nervous because I am new but I think I am doing okay. There is room for improvement for sure.”