Cochrane goalie Maive Gosselin-Berg is fired up for the Challenge Cup.
The 15-year-old was selected to play for the South Black team in the upcoming Alberta Challenge in Red Deer, May 4 to 7. A total of 120 athletes were selected for the six teams in the tournament, three both northern and southern Alberta, from regional camps held April 7-9 in Cochrane and Beaumont.
Her introduction to goaltending came at a young age against peewee players when she would have typically been a second-year atom hockey.
"I started hockey as an underager for my sister's and my dad's team because they were missing a goalie."
It was a fit right from the start, and she continued her play with the Jr. Cochrane Chaos.
She has just finished her first season of AA hockey with the Olds Grizzlys U15 team.
"It was pretty fun," she says. "It was my first year playing at that level, and it was really good hockey. All the girls were really sweet, and it was a fun group."
With the regular season behind her, Gosselin-Berg continues to train hard in advance of the Challenge Cup.
"I'm part of the P3 hockey academy with my school, where I get to train with a goalie coach twice a week, and I frequently go to camps, where I work with coaches one-on-one."
The South Black team won't have any practices in advance of the Challenge Cup, but they have been holding online meetings.
Gosselin-Berg's head coach in the tournament is Erin O'Toole, who is the co-head coach of the AJFHL Lethbridge Eagles.
The Challenge Cup is a modified round-robin tournament that's part of a showcase of emerging players. There's also the Alberta Cup and Prospect Cup, both of which include Cochrane hockey players.