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Emily Field has been with the NWHL from the beginning, playing an integral role in the Isobel Cup-winning season of the Boston Pride in 2015-16 – the league’s inaugural season. As a Pride teammate of many current Olympians and as a former National Team member herself – winning gold with Team USA at the 2011 World Championship – Field was thrilled to be selected for Team NWHL in Tampa on Jan. 13 and 15.
As an NWHLer from the start, what does this opportunity to play against Team USA right before the Olympics say to you?
It shows how far the NWHL has come in brief time. Let’s face it, USA Hockey does not invite the NWHL to face them just a few weeks before the Olympics unless they know we’ve got depth of talent and the commitment to give them a few great games. It’s a proud moment for our league.
How did you get the news that you were selected for the team?
[Team NWHL GM] Hayley Moore called me on Friday night. I figured for the players chosen, we’d hear before Christmas, so I was hopeful. It was obviously great to hear. I’m going to be ready to give Team NWHL my best and get the U.S. ready for the Olympics. That’s what I feel is our responsibility here – to prepare our national team. It’s an honor to get to do it.
Any Olympians in particular you’re excited to face?
All of them, really. I have a ton of friends on that team. But I’ll be especially proud to go up against my former teammates from Boston College: Haley Skarupa, Emily Pfalzer, Megan Keller and Kali Flanagan.
It’s going to be quite a battle for Team NWHL, since the U.S. is loaded with talent and have been playing together for months, while you’ll have little time to prepare. What do you expect from the games?
We’re an elite group of players going up against an even more elite group. They’ve been together for a long time and have worked hard. Overall, they are stronger and faster – no one’s denying that. But it’s hockey…in games like this, you never know what’s going to happen. We’re just going to go out there and have some fun. We want Team USA to feel like they were pushed, that we gave them some good competition so they’re ready for the Olympics. I’m extremely excited about it. And since they’re exhibition games, there’s a decent chance there will be some awesome dangles from both teams.