Abby Roque is Making History at the 2022 Winter Olympics
As the Olympics begin, Abby Roque is already making history for Team USA. Roque played in Team USA’s game versus Finland on Thursday. Therefore, becoming the first indigenous woman to ever play for the United States hockey team.
Roque is a member of Wahnapitae First Nation, a tribe based in Ontario. The population is less than 600, but members spread far to northern Michigan. Her uncle is serving his second term as Chief of the tribe. Her father, Jim Roque coached at Lake Superior State before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as a scout.
Abby fell in love with the sport at a young age as she could never escape from it. For instance, growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, played on an ice rink in her backyard that her father Jim built.
Before making history this year, she put together a remarkable collegiate career in the NCAA, playing for the University of Wisconsin. Roque scored great numbers as a Badger, with 170 points in 155 games. In addition, she was named USCHO Division I Women’s Player of the Year.
After graduating in 2020, Roque joined Team Minnesota during the 2020-2021 PWHPA season. She participated in a PWHPA Dream Gap Tour event at Madison Square Garden in early 2021. Afirst for women’s hockey.
Abby Roque has a long list of accomplishments to her name. Above all, Roque can cross off another thing on her list at a young age, being an Olympian.
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