As the U.S. women's hockey team prepared for Thursday's gold-medal game against Canada, one of the team's future potential stars had her sights set on a high school boys' hockey state championship.
Only a sophomore, Sault Ste. Marie (Mich.) High's Abby Roque, 16, has emerged as one of the best players on a team with Division 3 title aspirations despite being the lone girl on the roster. According to a Detroit News feature, she has totaled four goals and 25 assists in 18 games for the Blue Devils (16-2-2).
"Really, I'm just one of the boys," she told the paper. "I'm friends with all of them. They're really good to me. It's just like a normal team, you know, we hang out together, go out to eat and things like that."
Opponents aren't so kind, apparently. So, when a St. Johns (Mich.) player knocked her to the ice, she reportedly shoved him and put her glove in his face. "I don't take any crap," she told The Detroit News.
The daughter of Lake Superior State University men's hockey coach Jim Roque, Abby is the youngest player on U.S. Women's Under-18 National Team (by a week). Naturally, she has Olympic aspirations.
"I want to play Division 1 college women's hockey one day, then maybe the Olympics some day," the 5-foot-6, 155-pound sophomore told Detroit News reporter David Goricki. "You know all the girls on the U-18 team eventually have a shot at the Olympics. It's all about how they develop through the years."
First, though, she wants a rematch with Bloomfield Hill (Mich.) Cranbrook-Kingswood High -- the team that ousted her Blue Devils in the Division 3 state championship game last season.