Kristin Whitney lights lamp, grabs the Pipe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Kristin Whitney

James Hayes

PUTTING IT TOP SHELF WHERE MOM KEEPS HER VALIUM. Western forward Kristin Whitney was awarded this week’s Purple Pipe after a standout offensive performance for the women’s hockey team.

Each week, Gazette Sports gives the Purple Pipe to a Mustang athlete for his or her outstanding performance or contribution to athletics. This week, we recognize women’s hockey forward Kristin Whitney.

Whitney, a wily fourth-year veteran, gave her team a much-needed lift this past weekend in back-to-back wins against the Guelph Gryphons and Brock Badgers. The Mustangs (6-9-1-1) have had trouble putting the puck in the net this season, but Whitney stepped up with two goals and an assist in the two victories.

The women must keep a strong focus this weekend, as they take on the Queen’s Golden Gaels in Kingston tonight, followed by a Sunday tilt against Windsor at Thompson Arena.

The ’Stangs rely on strong defence and goaltending, so timely scoring translates into more wins.

Whitney took time away from giving goalies sunburns on the back of their necks to talk to The Gazette about ringette, The Ceeps and dreamy Tie Domi.

How long have you been playing hockey? What made you start?
I actually started playing ringette first, and I started when I was about five. I switched to hockey a couple of years later and I’ve been playing ever since. I’m not sure what made me start, actually " I probably had friends in it at the time and just wanted to play. (laughs)

What do you attribute your team’s recent success to?
We’ve just been working really hard " we’ve been concentrating on getting the puck to the net and getting ourselves there as well. We’ve got a lot of positive energy in the dressing room right now, and that’s great.

What’s going to be the key to securing a playoff spot this season?
We have to continue working hard, take it one game at a time, and just focus on the game at hand.

What do you do to psych yourself up before games?
Good question. (laughs) As a team, we come to the arena early and just get focused " couple of hours before the game, just to mentally prepare myself as much as I can, and in time I get up I guess.

Do you ever wish there was hitting in Ontario University Athletics hockey?
Well, that could be fun. (laughs) I think there’s enough as it is. They allow quite a bit actually, so it’s good.

What did you think of the recent NHL All-Star game?
I didn’t actually watch the game; I watched the skills competition beforehand, [but] I can’t really say.

What’s your favourite place to party in London?
A team favourite is definitely The Ceeps.

What do you prefer: the Winter Olympics or the World Juniors?
Hmm, that’s a tough call. Probably the Winter Olympics.

If recently divorced Tie Domi asked you on a date, what would you say?
Definitely no! (laughs)

What is your favourite summer sport?
Soccer. Yeah, I’d have to say soccer.

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