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.