Having been born in 1997, Samantha Cogan of the PWHL’s Nepean Wildcats is one of the younger players on the squad. Only in her second season for the Wildcats, she has already emerged as the scoring leader.
As one of the top 5 players in the PWHL scoring race, the excitement of such a superlative season is not lost on the young Cogan. “It is crazy. Being such a young player, I have the opportunity to show my talent and produce goals.”
Being one of the younger players on the Wildcats, her opportunity to contribute to the team is one that provides great pride. “It is amazing. I am proud of my performance and it shows I am working hard.”
Like many young women’s hockey players, her background emanated from competing with boys. “I started with Nepean when I was 14. It was definitely a new game. From playing boys hockey, I was not sure how they would treat me.”
The one common ground Cogan has with many girls in the PWHL is the obligations of both hockey and academics. With road trips, it can make for a balancing act. “I definitely miss some school. I go to the teachers and they give me homework to take on the road.”
Although she is one of the younger players on the team, her scoring presence has thrust her into more of a leadership capacity. “Definitely more this year. I am getting closer to the age of the older players.”
Some of the older players that Cogan looks up to includes, “I definitely look up to Cassidy Campeau, she is a nice girl. Lauren Miller, too.” Her admiration of the two has impacted her efforts to provide more of a leadership role. “I am stepping up and trying my best to be a leader.”
As fellow teammates Taylor Thurston was part of the Ontario Blue squad that won the gold medal at the 2012 Canadian Under-18 Nationals, her impact has a positive influence on the high-scoring Cogan. “Definitely, an influence.”
To see her Wildcats teammates enjoy such success at the national level inspires Cogan to accomplish her own aspirations, “I would love to play for Ontario Red or Ontario Blue one day. I would like to make the Canadian Under-18 team. One day, my dream is to make the Winter Games.”
Heading towards the postseason, Cogan is determined for a strong performance. “We want to keep going. We are determined, and in the end, we want to get the points.”
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”
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