Most of the time Maddy Eberhard plays sled hockey with the guys. It’s the nature of the sport at the club level and Eberhard has gained a team-full of older brothers. But when she gets to play for Team USA on an all-women's squad, well, that's something special, something she cherishes.
"It’s completely different, the conversations that you have," Eberhard said. " It’s like having a whole team of sisters. Being on an all-guys team is like you have all these older brothers to look up to but being on an all-girls team is so different. Just being in the locker room with everyone looking around and thinking 'this is a family' is really cool."
Last year at this time, Eberhard was in Maine. At 13 she became the youngest player to make the U.S. Women's Sled Hockey team. With a year of experience under her belt, she's become a veteran even as she prepares for her freshman year of high school at Sacred Heart. Eberhard was one of 39 women participating in the U.S. Women's Sled Hockey Development Camp at HarborCenter this past weekend. For three days players from across country, ranging in age fro 13 to 65, skated in Buffalo to work on their own hockey skills and compete for spots on the Team USA roster.
"Coming to camp and seeing all the new girls, it helps me because you’re helping them," Eberhard said. "It's funny because I’m so much younger than everyone but a lot of people come up to me and ask me questions. It’s weird because last year I was doing the same thing.