Weisshaar nets game-winning goal and Purple Pipe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Purple Pipe: Whitney Weisshaar

Justin Wu

SITTING PRETTY. Women's hockey player Whitney Weisshaar currently leads her team with ten goals so far this season. Western takes on Laurier at 4 p.m. this Saturday at Thompson Arena.

Every week, The Gazette hands out the coveted Purple Pipe award to a student athlete who has had a standout performance or has made a significant contribution to their team.

This week’s winner is women’s hockey forward Whitney Weisshaar, who scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in Western’s comeback win against the York Lions last Saturday. Weisshaar has already racked up 14 points this season and is among the top 10 scorers in the league.

Weisshaar recently caught up with Gazette Sports to chat about the remainder of the season, hockey after Western and her favourite stars in the NHL.

How long have you been playing hockey and how did you start?
I’ve been playing hockey since I was eight, so it’s been 12 years now. I started because my best friend started playing and I loved going to watch her. I wanted to play, too.

If someone was roughing up your star player, how would you go after them?
I guess we’d take their number. Actually, we have a little girl on our team who is one of the tougher people, so maybe send her after them.

Once you are done at Western, what opportunities are out there for women in hockey?
Realistically, for me, I will probably stop [playing competitively]. But for other players, the ones who are really good, there’s always the national team. Probably, for me and other girls, there will just be recreational fun.

Your team had an impressive turnaround in the second half of last season. What does your team have left to accomplish this season?
We didn’t start exactly how we wanted to; we were hoping to get three big wins. However, our comeback win against [the] Brock [Badgers] was pretty good, so hopefully we can take that effort and carry it through to the next games. We really need some big wins during the remainder of the season.

How do you stay focused when you are down in a game?
We try to focus on the things we’re doing positively. There’s a lot of positive talk. We usually play better when we are down, so we don’t take it as a bad thing. We just try to come back.

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
It would probably be to fly, so I wouldn’t have to trudge through the snow to class every day.

What is your favourite drinking game?
Definitely flip cup.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I’m not a really superstitious person, so there’s nothing that I really do every time. Just the usual: warm up, pre-game talk and then it’s time to go.

If you could have any two NHL stars as your linemates, who would you chose?
Number one would be Sidney Crosby since he is amazing and good looking. I’d take Mats Sundin too, because he plays for the Leafs and they’re my team.

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