Hockey Runs in the Family for Senior Captain

North Salem senior Olivia Hale is a senior captain on the Somers/North Salem varsity ice hockey team. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
Olivia Hale battles along the boards against Greeley. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

North Salem senior Olivia Hale is a forward and team captain on the Somers/North Salem varsity ice hockey team. She also played midfield on the varsity field hockey team.

How old were you when you first started playing ice hockey and how did you get started?

I first started playing ice hockey when I was 8 years old. I got into the sport through my dad and my brother, who also play hockey.

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What are the ice hockey team’s goals this season?

Our goals as a team are to win, improve, bond, have fun and make memories. As of now we are working very hard to reach these goals.  

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

As a captain my role is to help motivate my teammates to success. I lead by example, working hard in every practice and game can be a very strong motivation tool. I value being a leader very much because I believe that if a team doesn’t have leaders then the team won’t succeed.    

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

Before every game we kick the soccer ball around to help pump us up for the game, it’s always a lot of fun. 

What is it like competing in a physical sport like hockey where there are predominantly boys on your team and on the teams you play against?

It’s difficult but a lot of fun playing with the boys. I have to work a lot harder to keep up with the physicality that the boys play with.

You also played field hockey, where the team reached the semifinals in the playoffs. How did you feel about the season overall?

I believe that the season went well this year. We had a young team this year and a lot of injuries yet we still persevered to win games. 

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role model is my mom. She is the hardest worker I know. She is currently working a full time job as well as pursuing her Ph.D. and along with all that work she still finds time for her children.      

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

One thing not a lot of know about me is that I am very good at ping pong. I beat the whole hockey team in a ping pong tournament when we had a team dinner. 

Do you plan on continuing to play any sports in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I would like to play sports in college at an intramural level. I don’t know where I am going to college yet. 

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I want to study mechanical engineering because I love solving problems and working with my hands.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Jonathan Toews from the Chicago Blackhawks. I love how he gives everything he has when he plays and how he has led his team to Stanley Cup Championships.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I like to listen to country music because I don’t like other genres of music.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

If I could have one super power it would be to fly because then I would be able to travel to different countries and experience the different cultures and food.     

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would go to Greece because I have a lot of family there that I’ve never met and I also love how beautiful it is.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

My favorite thing to eat after a game is a porterhouse steak because it is delicious.

Best place to eat in North Salem and why?

I don’t really like to go out to eat. I prefer a nice home cooked meal with family and friends.  

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because I can write what’s on my mind without adding a picture.

For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the ice hockey program and why should they go out for the team?

Being a part of the Somers/North Salem hockey team has been an amazing experience for me because it has helped me improve as a person and an athlete. I have made many new friends being a part of this team and I have made many great memories. 

Do you play a spring varsity sport?

Yes, I do play a spring sport. I played for the girls lacrosse team for the last three years but this year I have decided to join the North Salem golf team. I am looking forward to hitting the ball down the fairway in a few months. 

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