Her team-mates say that their goalie Doj, brings the energy when she shows up.”
Red Deer product Mackenzie Dojahn says she’s super friendly and loves being around people. She has been a part of the Lakeland College King’s Energy Group Rustlers women’s hockey program since last August and enjoys bringing the big saves on the ice.
“That’s my favourite thing. A lot of people don’t really expect there to be good female goal-tenders out there and I’ve always wanted to prove that wrong. That women can do it just as well as men can. And that has always kept me going. I love giving back and working with younger goalies. So that has always kept me going too.”
The psychology-student lives in the dorms on campus and also brings her energetic persona to campus life. She will have a tough task this weekend as her hometown’s Red Deer Polytechnic comes to Lloydminster for a back-to-back home and away series on Friday and Saturday.
“I think the last game I played against them, we won one-nothing in overtime. It’s a close game.”
As National Girls & Women in Sports Day is being observed on Feb. 1, the young Rustlers goalie acknowledges her heroes as Shannon Szabados (two Olympic gold medals), who she watched growing up and has modelled her game after, and as well Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser who led Canada to four Olympic gold medals.
She encourages younger women and girls “to always keep going – no matter what.”
“Like even if you’re having a really tough time and in a slump – it’s going to get better. And you get rewarded for it in the end. Growing up, I never thought that I would get to play college-level hockey, but I did and that’s because I kept going. I think it’s just always pushing yourself and trying to be better everyday.”
Friday’s home game starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Russ Robertson Arena.