One of the alternate captains on the PWHL's Nepean Wildcats, it is a role that Addi Halladay accepts with pride. As one of the older players on the Wildcats, Halladay understands the importance of providing guidance to the younger members on the squad.
With the responsibility of being alternate captain, she sees herself as a leader, “I think so. A lot of younger players look up to the older players. If they have any questions, they look up to us. We are always looking to help improving them.”
Having grown up in Ottawa, one of the biggest influences on her career was Daniel Alfredsson, the captain of the Ottawa Senators (and longest serving captain in the NHL). “I have always been an Ottawa Senators fan. To me, Daniel Alfredsson was cool.”
Another influence in her career is her parents. She is quick to acknowledge the role that parents have played for the team. “If it were not for the parents, the team is not what it is. They support us at every game. It is amazing to know that they love and care. They know this is what I want to do in my life.”
On the back of her helmet, Halladay has the Do It for Daron purple heart logo. The cause helps to honor the life of the late Daron Richardson, daughter of former Ottawa Senators defender Luke Richardson, and sister of Cornell Big Red defender Morgan Richardson.
“I played with her on major peewee. She was a great defender on the team.” Having known Daron, the cause is one close to Halladay’s heart. “I try to do anything I can to support the DIFD cause. It is important to bring suicide forward and stop the stigma of it.”
A few days before Christmas, Halladay and her Wildcats teammates had the opportunity to compete against the PWHL Ottawa Senators. The contest was the PWHL’s First Annual DIFD Game and the experience was not lost on Halladay. “That was a big game for both teams. A great amount of people came out and see all those people care, it was huge.”
Although Halladay is undecided on which university to continue her playing career, she is a dominant force on the ice.
With the Wildcats preparing for a postseason run, Halladay believes the team is capable of a strong performance. “We have to keep playing the way we are right now. If we stay close knit and keep together like a family, we can strive through the playoffs.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”