Carlisle’s Madison Tait has been selected as one of handful of girls across the country to represent Canada at 2017 IIHF Girls Global Game.
The match, which will take place in Pickering on Sun., Feb. 19, will be a part of games in 40 countries taking place back-to-back over the course of two-and-a half days. According to a press release from Hockey Canada, the event “unites players from across six continents as teammates.”
Each game has two teams and the accumulated score is tallied as the game travels west from Malaysia and New Zealand, before the finale in Canada.
Tait, 14, is a member of the Flamborough Falcons major bantam BB team. She said she’s excited to take part in the Girls Global Game.
“It’s super exciting to be chosen for this,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.”
She noted she’s looking forward to meeting the other players from around the country.
“Getting to know them and see how they’re playing,” she said.
Tait, who plays centre and left defence, said she found out about the game three weeks ago and applied.
“The application process was about three pages long and asked you a bunch of questions,” she said. “Like why you started playing hockey, who was your inspiration and why you think you should be on the team.”
Her dad Bryden said the process, which also included questions about the players’ future goals in hockey and life, was “shockingly quick.”
“We found out about it and put the application together and submitted it,” he explained, noting they found out Madison had been selected Feb. 11.
Tait said she started playing hockey because both of her brothers and her dad play.
“I started playing hockey because I guess I wanted to be like the guys,” she explained. She added her cousin Sally was another reason she started to play.
“I always wanted to be like her,” she added.
Tait added she counts her dad and her older brother Tyler as her inspirations.
“I want to play like my older brother – he’s got very good sportsmanship…and he doesn’t get in fights like a lot of the other kids on his team,” she explained. “My dad is also a really good player and he’s always positive about the game – he’s never got anything bad to say when he comes home from his games.”
In terms of her future goals, Tait said she hopes to play AA in future.
“I played A last year and this year I play BB,” she explained, while adding outside of hockey she hopes to become a lawyer.
The 2017 Global Game is the second of its type – the first game was held in October 2015 and saw girls from 30 countries participate. Team Blue emerged victorious 106-83 in the 2015 game, which started in New Zealand and featured games in Japan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Romania, Sweden and Germany, among others, before wrapping up in Montreal.
Tait said the game will be one of the most exciting accomplishments of her hockey career to date, which include numerous championships, being named the captain of her team and winning the Flamborough Girls Hockey Association’s Brian Bale Award.
The award, in honour of Flamborough girls hockey pioneer Brian Bale, is handed out by the FGHA every year to the player who embodies the “spirit” of hockey by demonstrating sportsmanship, leadership, commitment, respect and love of the game.
“I have a lot of great hockey memories and this is right up there with those,” she said of the game.