Ashley Steele - Richmond Hill Lightning, NRL February 2, 2010
Name - Ashley Steele
I started playing ringette when I was 6 years old, after seeing a promotional booth set up in a mall. I started playing as a defence, then when I was about 9 I strapped on the pads and decided to play a game in net. After that game I became a part time goalie on our team, and by the end of the year I was in net every game. I've played with the Burlington Ringette Association in Southern Ontario for the majority of my playing career. In 2005/2006 I played on the Southern Ontario AAA team, and then again in the 2007/2008 season (winning silver at Ontario Winter Games). In 2009, I was a part of the Canada Polar Bear team, touring Finland, Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic to showcase the sport. Also in 2009, I was drafted to the Richmond Hill Lightning, and still play there today.
I have recently become one of the instructors for the National Ringette School, and I also help out with the clinics run by the Richmond Hill NRL team as well as the Come Try Ringette promotions.
Number - 1
Years played Ringette - 14 years
Current Ringette team/last team played for – Richmond Hill Lightning NRL
Favourite part of being a Ringette Goalie – I love the crowds reaction when a big save is made. I like overtime and shootouts too (the pressure and the suspense).
School or Job Description - I attend Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, studying Kinesiology
Book you’re reading right now – House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Best gift received – In my rookie year with the lightning a sponsor bought the other goalie and myself new sets of pads, chest protectors and gloves.
Favorite Holiday - Halloween
Favorite Ice Cream flavor - Superkid, sometime I still act like I’m 7
Favorite Junk food – Ketchup Chips
Life Lesson - “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and everything’s the small stuff.”
“It’s a long way from your heart.”
Favorite Movie – The Mighty Ducks
Nickname - Steele
Trickiest player to play against - Julie Blanchette from the Montreal Mission. She always seems to be in the right place at the right time, and is a threat from anywhere on the ice.
Pet Peeve – I hate people who have no respect for themselves or anyone else.
Question: If you weren’t a Ringette Goalie, what would you be? - Probably a Hockey Goalie, or I would have focused on music more, rather then sports.
Favorite Actor/Actress – Vince Vaughn
Favorite band or artist - Sugarland
Other sports you play – Field Hockey, Ball Hockey
TV show you can’t miss – The Big Bang Theory and How I met your mother
Unique characteristic – In Ringette: like most goalies I have many pre-game rituals, unlike many goalies I love a high pressure game. Outside of Ringette: I laugh, a lot!
Vacation spot – My favourite vacation’s have been to Estonia and Greece. Most summer’s I go and visit family out in Alberta too. My ideal vacation would be taking a world cruise.
Summer activity - Every summer I play field hockey, as well as coach a house league team and I am the goalie coach for the regional goalies.
X-Rays (ever broken a bone) - I had X-Rays on my knee a couple summers ago because I had a chipped meniscus, but I have never broken a bone.