RED DEER – This month’s Alumni Spotlight focuses on Paige Grenier, formerly of the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs.
Paige Grenier was just trying to keep up to her brothers when she started playing hockey. At six years-old, Paige began playing minor hockey in Olds. For her U15 and U1 years, she travelled to Red Deer to play in the Alberta Female Hockey League.
“I would spend countless hours with them (my brothers) on our backyard rink competing and trying to keep up with them,” said Paige. “They are a big reason why I have come as far as I have.”
Through her years playing minor hockey, Paige developed a love for the game. Her commitment and work ethic to get to the next level was rewarded when she began playing for the University of New Brunswick in 2018.
Aside from hockey, Paige grew up playing soccer. The skills she learned on the pitch, crossed-over to her on-ice play when the puck is in her feet. It’s not a coincidence that both of Paige’s chosen sports are team sports.
“I love the team atmosphere. Getting the chance to play the game that I love alongside 20-plus friends is my favourite way to spend my time,” said Paige. “The bond and camaraderie you share with your teammates make the tough days a little easier and the good days even better.”
In 2015, Paige had the opportunity to play for the Esso Cup on home ice.
“The community really got behind us and the atmosphere in the rink was unlike anything else I’ve experienced,” recalled Paige, on her experience playing in a national championship tournament.
Although Paige’s hockey journey is not over, her advice to younger players is to enjoy and embrace every opportunity the game offers.
“Your playing career won’t last forever, so learn to appreciate the little things the game has to offer,” said Paige. “Whether at practice, a game, or on a long road trip, appreciate the time you have and enjoy every moment with your teammates. That’s when you create memories and friendships that last a lifetime.”