While representing Team USA and facing off against opposing nations for eight years, Caitlin Cahow perfected how to juggle many responsibilities under high-pressure situations. Taking this skill off the ice, she balanced her duties to the Women’s National Team with a demanding schedule at Boston College Law.
Although Cahow’s playing days are over, her schedule has not lightened up. During her third year at BC, Cahow returned to the international stage as a member of the President’s Delegation for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“(Sochi) was a really transforming experience,” Cahow said. “It changed my life, it changed my perspective on a number of things. It was really a highlight certainly, I consider it still a part of my hockey career in many ways, so to me that was an amazing cap on a career.”
Since Sochi, Cahow returned to Boston where she continued her duties as a member of the Presidential Delegation while balancing five classes. She graduated from Boston College with her law degree in May, and moved to Chicago to further her career, working as an associate at Jones Day and clerking for a federal judge. Following her move to Chicago, Cahow joined the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition in September. As if those accomplishments were not enough, Cahow just received news that she had passed the bar exam in Illinois.
The transition from law school to the working world was seamless for Cahow because the demands of her job parallel her career as an athlete.
“Day to day there are going to be different obstacles, different challenges, different questions,” she said. “ And the whole point is you have to work together to come up with solutions.”
Due in large part to the skills she gained on and off the ice during her hockey career, Cahow has exceled in the real world. Whether it’s sporting a USA jersey, clerking for a federal judge, or serving on the President’s Council, Cahow loves to serve her country in any way she can.
She is participating in an International Ice Hockey Federation World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event this weekend in the Chicago area. As a player who learned to play hockey at a young age, she understands the importance of these events in lending toward the continued growth of girls hockey in the United States.
“These clinics are crucial to opening people’s eyes up and inviting them in to share in the game that we all love so much.”
There are nearly 150 U.S. locations participating in the IIHF’s Girls Hockey Weekend, with a mission to expose girls to this rapidly growing sport. Cahow credits her time playing hockey to the development of social and educational opportunities that have led her to her success both on and off the ice. She is hopeful that others will have the chance to get involved in something that will inspire them to stay driven and reach their goals.
“I want to make sure that every single girl out there has the opportunity that I did growing up, because I would not be where I am today without hockey.”
QUESTION: Where do i find the rule for period length for 8U, 10U, 12U, etc? Can 10U play 12-minute periods instead of 15? Is it up to the local jurisdiction to set the period length?
ANSWER: Period (and game) length is at the discretion of Youth Hockey Associations and local USA Hockey Affiliate Bodies. Therefore, we recommend contacting them with this question.
QUESTION: What level is an official if they fail the Level 3 Closed Book Exam? If you miss 11 questions, is that official a Level 1 or Level 2 official?
ANSWER: A Level 3 Official applicant that fails the Level 3 Closed Book Exam is immediately eligible for Level 2 if they achieve an 85/100 on the Open Book Exam.
QUESTION: What is the protocol and process for an official to submit and incident report where a coach received a game misconduct or a match penalty?
ANSWER: All game reports should be submitted using the USA Hockey Online Game Report System.
QUESTION: A "50/50 Puck" is located along the boards and one skater is faster than another. The slower skater, knowing he cannot get to the puck first, hits the other player on their way to the puck. I have seen this happen during practices and coaches have made no correction to players. Is this permitted at the 10U Level where body-checking is not allowed?
ANSWER: Body-checking at the 10 & Under Level is not permitted in the USA Hockey Playing Rules. Furthermore, a player who makes deliberate and intentional contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck should be penalized for Interference.
QUESTION: Can a Misconduct be assessed to a coach after the game and what rule is it covered under?
ANSWER: There are no rules in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that allow a Misconduct penalty to be assessed to a coach.
However, a coach can be assessed a Game Misconduct before, during, or after a game. Most of those penalties can be found under Rule 601 (Abuse of Officials & Other Misconduct).