My name is Kate Kowalchuk I have played hockey for 19 years and currently haven’t settled down in any city quite yet. I have played everything from Division I and Usport to pick up and men’s league. I am planning to finish my business education while playing hockey, just have not made a decision as to when or where. I have two dogs Toby and Kea and even though they drive me crazy, I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
I have played hockey my whole life and it has never come easy. I have been an under dog from day one as one of the only female hockey players in the boys leagues growing up. Through all of the tough times in life and even in the game with all of the politics, I always found my best way to heal was on the ice playing the game I love. Hockey has given me an immense amount of life lessons, cherished friendships and incredible connections. I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for this game because it has given me some of my highest highs and lowest lows. I have learned how to push myself to exceed my limits and how to push through adversity to come up on the other side. I do not know where I would be or who I would be without hockey and I want nothing more than for everyone to have that opportunity.
I have always played for the kid behind the glass whether I was 10 or 21. Grindstone is my opportunity to continue helping every kid that watches their role model from behind the glass play the game without having the financial burden that comes with. I was presented the opportunity to join Grindstone when life was handing me a tough deck and I believe it was meant to be. I am forever grateful for Danielle Grundy giving kids this opportunity to play and I am humbled to be apart of it.