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Local women’s hockey thrilled with Minnesota’s win

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LUVERNE, MN (KELO) – Minnesota became the first team in the Professional Women’s Hockey League to win the Walter Cup Championship on Wednesday night. Local women’s hockey players say the win is inspiring. 

“Watching them throughout the season and all of their passion that they had–,” Jaclyn Lloyd, a hockey player from Watertown said. “I follow their Instagram page and see all of the fans and all the crowd that was there, it was just amazing,” Lloyd said. 

Payton Behr and Izzy Steensma are forwards on the girls hockey team in Luverne, Minnesota. They both kept up with the PWHL’s first season and were, obviously, rooting for Minnesota.

“I think it’s really inspiring and cool to see how far it’s grown and like what people, little kids can look up to and dream to do,” Behr said. “It definitely is fun to watch and like to have those goals and those dreams to try to accomplish them.”

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Steensma will be a sophomore in the fall, but she already knows she wants to play hockey in college and knowing that there are opportunities beyond college inspires her to work harder.

“Personally I’m really striving to go play in college because I wanna keep doing what I love,” she said. “I like the action. I love the fast pace. It’s just a really fun sport to play.”

Lloyd is a junior forward on Concordia College’s hockey team in Moorehead, Minnesota. She and her teammates were there at Minnesota’s first ever PWHL game and followed them closely through the season.

“We’d always get together at one of our houses and watch together,” Lloyd said. “We look up to them so much, like, finally there’s a professional league for girls.” 

Lloyd got her start on the ice at three-years-old. Throughout her years skating in Watertown, she said she’s seen more young girls get involved in hockey and more recognition given to female players.

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Matt McClure is the assistant girls hockey coach in Luverne and the father of female hockey player. As a coach and dad, he loves that there are more opportunities for his girls to play.

“There’s a professional level out there now that you can go play and do it for a living, whereas before, after college you were done,” he said. 

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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