Kristi Patton was a rink rat since she was a toddler and grew up playing and loving hockey.
Coupling her passion for the sport and writing, she started covering the SAIT Trojans while in journalism school. That resulted in a long relationship with Hockey Now (www.hockeynow.ca) where she has freelanced stories for over a decade covering women’s hockey from the minor levels to international competitions. Patton has previously freelanced stories for Hockey Canada and worked as a reporter for the Olympic News Service at the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games covering, of course, women’s hockey. She was the Director of Promotions for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games that welcomed over 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials for the multi-sport event and is the editor of the Penticton Western News.
Patton became involved in the Grindstone Foundation because growing up, and still to this day, there is nowhere she feels more at ease than on the ice. Knowing that there are many girls out there who feel the same way, she wants to break down any financial barriers kids face so they too can play hockey. You can still find Patton hanging around at the arena working on her next story, or under her goalie gear stopping pucks.