Megan Bozek a Golden Girl with the US National Women's Team
In a visceral matchup against archrival Canada in the gold-medal game of the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds, Megan Bozek delivered. During the second period, Bozek scored on Canada’s Shannon Szabados to provide the US with a 2-1 lead. Eventually, Amanda Kessel (her teammate from the Minnesota Golden Gophers) would log the gold-medal-winning goal.
“There is nothing better than putting on the USA jersey. It is always tough to play against Canada. We all expect that, but we are a young team with great forwards.”
Having played for a great coach in Brad Frost at Minnesota, the transition to playing for Katey Stone (also the Harvard Crimson head coach) on the national team was not a difficult one. “Every coach has different styles of coaching. I know what she expects.”
For Bozek, the gold medal was the ideal way to end a dream season. With the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Bozek had a season to remember. Along with being named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, she surpassed Winny Brodt-Brown as the all-time leading goal scorer among defenders with the Golden Gophers.
In addition, there was also the undefeated record, which culminated in an NCAA Frozen Four title for Bozek and her Gophers teammates.
“It was incredible to go 41-0. (The Frozen Four title game) was the biggest game of the year, and it was a legacy,” she said
Despite the undefeated streak, Bozek looked at it in perspective. “We really didn’t think about the streak (during the season). We just focused on winning the (current) game.”
As much as Bozek is a winner on the ice, she is also one off the ice. She has engaged in charitable endeavors during her playing career. Her remarkable work was recognized recently, as she was a nominee for the 2013 Hockey Humanitarian Award.
When asked what makes the charity work she engages in so rewarding, Bozek replied, “It is just seeing the kids’ faces. That is what I enjoy. There is nothing better than that.”
*All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated.
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