Women's hockey

Remarkable Pair of Toronto Furies Players Audition for the Amazing Race

Bowman (left) and Vanderveer (right) are aspiring to be part of Amazing Race Canada (Images courtesy of Toronto Furies)
Bowman (left) and Vanderveer (right) are aspiring to be part of Amazing Race Canada (Images courtesy of Toronto Furies)
Mark StaffieriContributor IIMarch 12, 2013

Toronto Furies players Amber Bowman and Erika Vanderveer are looking to become contestants on the inaugural season of The Amazing Race Canada. Both were teammates at the NCAA level with the Ohio State Buckeyes and were roommates in their freshman year.

Bowman graduated from Ohio State as the all-time leading scorer among defenders with 102 points. Her final season (2006-07) was her greatest, as she earned 38 points to rank second on the team. Vanderveer graduated with several single season goaltending marks (including saves and save percentage).

What makes Bowman and Vanderveer such a unique pair is that the two are just as intelligent and articulate as they are talented on the ice. Both were All-WCHA (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) Academic Selections.

Vanderveer currently serves as the Art Director for The Hockey News periodical. She also had an online column on The Hockey News site for a brief period.

While she has had tremendous career success, Vanderveer is also an adrenaline junkie. She has participated in events such as rock climbing, snowboarding, bungee jumping and even skydiving. Having traveled throughout the world, she would be perfect at handling the map reading duties for The Amazing Race Canada.

Bowman is a firefighter whose strength and determination has made her a world champion in the World Firefighting Combat Challenge. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that Bowman was one of the first ever female firefighters hired by Central York Fire Services (located north of Toronto).

In an era when women’s hockey players have to juggle career with the obligations of the game, Bowman and Vanderveer embody the true spirit of the game. Both are hardworking, dedicated women whose ambition to be on The Amazing Race Canada is a celebration of what makes the fearless, frozen females of hockey such admirable people.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices