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Grittiest Player: Beckett Frisch

To no one's surprise, Sunday's grittiest player was goaltender Beckett Frisch, who faced continuous pressure from the Vikes but only allowed one goal. This is Beckett's first year as a Dino after studying at Maine University for four years and goaltending for their team for three years. Beckett is currently in her first year of graduate studies, focusing on Environmental Design.

Beckett's fourteen years of experience as a goalkeeper are evident on the field, and her leadership has been crucial in guiding this years young team. Her consistent skill, communication, and leadership have made her the backbone of the squad.  

What does it mean to you to be a gritty player?

To work hard for yourself and your teammates day in and day out, no matter the situation.

Why did you choose to be a goaltender/ how long have you been one?

I actually did not choose to be a goaltender. I was/am an ice hockey goalie and the GK on my first CJP team quit and my coach said "it's the same as ice hockey"... all lies. So I started playing goal. Once I got hit in the side of the head with a ball when I was playing as a forward, I decided the net should probably just be my home.

How does playing at U of C compare to playing in Maine? What was it like playing in the NCAA?

Well no one does my laundry here, that's the biggest difference. But in all seriousness, being an NCAA athlete was stressful. It's treated as a business. I never had time to myself. You're very micromanaged in all aspects of your life (right down to weekly study hall hours and grade reporting). I've really found my passion for the game again being back in Calgary, and I feel more in charge of my own destiny, athletically and academically. 

Do you have any fun/weird/ different pre game rituals?

I put on my equipment left to right. Walking to the net before the start of each half, I hit each of my pads with my stick, tap my blocker 3 times, and touch the crossbar. I also play to the rhythm of whatever song got stuck in my head during warm-up. The last shot in warm-up also can't be a goal, if it is I need another shot until I end on a save. I also don't wear the same jersey in the game as I did in warm-up.

What is your favourite pump up song?

It honestly depends how I feel that day. Music always needs to match my mood. If I'm angry, maybe a little Atreyu or Alexisonfire. If I'm deep in my feels, you could catch me listening to Ne-Yo or other slow jams.

Do you have a favourite sports movie or favourite motivational sports quote?

"The logo on the front is more important than the name on the back."

Also, Miracle. And The Mighty Ducks. 

What is one of your most embarrassing athletic moments?

When I first started playing goal in ice hockey, I'd always be so close to getting a shutout but would consistently score one goal on myself – beauty tips off my stick into the top corner. Worst part of my 11 year-old life.  

If you could change one rule in field hockey, what would it be?

I think you should be able to score from anywhere. Just kidding, no goalie would ever say that. Maybe that there were left-handed sticks, just for a day though, and with any luck no one would die.

If you were not playing field hockey, what sport would you be playing?

I've always wanted to be good at basketball because I feel like that gives you a lot of street cred. 

What is a life goal of yours?

To leave a positive mark on this world, big or small.

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