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.”