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Potomak aims big with Hockey Canada

Sarah (left) and Amy Potomak. The Aldergrove sisters both attend the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna. Sarah, 16, is in Calgary this week for a Canadian women’s national team camp and has represented her country previously. Amy, 15, has played for Team BC as an underager and hopes to follow in her older sister’s footsteps.— Image Credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

There is no washing machine in the basement with ding marks from the constant barrage of pucks banging off of it like you hear in the stories with some elite hockey players. Instead, there is a garage out back on the Potomak’s property in Aldergrove. Both sisters were helped by the fact their brothers let them tag along and played road hockey with them. She also remembers the family splitting into two and playing some four-on-four on the ice. For as long as Potomak can remember, playing hockey was her priority. “My mom wanted me to do dance and gymnastics, but I just wanted to play hockey,” Potomak said with a laugh. Potomak did relent and do one year of gymnastics, but that was more than enough to prove to her that was not the sport for her. She first played with the Aldergrove Minor Hockey Association, before switching to the Burnaby Winter Club. With both, she was on boys’ teams. The ultimate goal? To represent Canada in women’s hockey at the Olympics, with 2018 the target.

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