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: In a game with two referees, during a stoppage both teams accidentally send six skaters out during the line change (both teams have their goalkeeper in). The ref dropping the puck does not notice both teams have too many players on the ice and drops the puck. The attacking team scores after the face-off and the goal stands. Is this the correct call?
ANSWER: A team cannot score a legal goal while having too many players on the ice. However, since it is the responsibility of the officials to ensure the proper number of players are on the ice prior to dropping the puck, the team with the extra players should not be penalized.
QUESTION: I’m allowed to have 18 skaters dress for a game, but can I have alternates that are allowed to practice and not play in games? My team is the lowest available level in our program for our age. I have two players that are on the bubble and would like them to continue to develop as an alternate on top of my 18 skaters and 1 goalie. Is this allowed?
ANSWER: The Ask the Official forum is dedicated to the Playing Rules of USA Hockey, which do not govern practices. Please submit your question to your local hockey association, USAH Affiliate Body, or District Registrar for an answer to this question. Contact information can be found in the USA Hockey Annual Guide.
QUESTION: After the whistle a player takes 4 - 6 strides towards an opponent, launching himself at him in a violent fashion but not making contact due to the opponent moving out of the way. What penalty would/should be called if any? Charging is not an option based on the wording of contact having to be made. Would Attempt to Injure be a valid in the situation?
ANSWER: Contact must be made to assess a player a penalty for Charging. However, if the game officials determine that the player was deliberately attempting to injure the opponent, then a Match penalty could be assessed.
QUESTION: When is the puck considered tied up and the whistle should be blown stopping play. Does it have to be covered up or can he have it frozen between his arm and chest.
ANSWER: Play should be stopped when the officials determine that the goalkeeper has possession and control of the puck.
QUESTION: Should players ineligible for the game be crossed off the scoresheet at the conclusion of the game?
ANSWER: The game-sheet team rosters should list all players who were present, dressed and eligible to participate in the game. All missing, sick or injured players should be removed the team roster after the game concludes.
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