EXTRA CREDIT: Erin Barley-Maloney

Erin Barley-Maloney grew up playing hockey in North Carolina. She started playing with boys because there were not many girls hockey programs in North Carolina. As she got older, new programs for girls emerged.

“I began playing for a new concept program, Team Carolina, which was based out of both North and South Carolina, ” says Barley-Maloney.

The team traveled to South Carolina every other weekend for practice. They also went to Texas, Florida, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and South Carolina for games. The team participated in tournaments in Colorado, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

Barley-Maloney played for both Team Carolina and a boys hockey team, along with a travel soccer team. “After two years of playing on two separate teams and trying to find time to play soccer as well, I finally decided to go to prep school,” says Barley-Maloney.

She attended The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. “My hope was earning an athletic scholarship to a Division I school.”

Barley-Maloney received an athletic scholarship to play hockey at University of Vermont. She finished the 2009-10 season playing in 19 games, registering eights points.

For Barley-Maloney, it was difficult playing hockey in the south, but she has managed to make it to the Division I level.

“At times it was a struggle playing hockey in the South where it is not very popular,” says Barley-Maloney.   “Hockey can take you far in life as long as you work hard, no matter where you’re from.”

Photos courtesy of Erin Barley-Maloney.

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~ by kelley davies on May 3, 2010.

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