I read this from the Boston Herald and found it to be quite interesting. Basically a high school girl is playing on the boys' team as a defenseman and is widely considered to be the best player on the team.
The full article can be found here, but I quoted the parts I found interesting, and it ended up being most of the article.
How times change. A couple of centuries ago, wearing a scarlet A was something a young lady tried her best to avoid, but now Kayleigh Lynn Anderson wears it with pride. The 17-year-old junior is a defenseman for the Fernview Academy Eagles hockey team, and lead the team in assists this season.
A native of Westbrook CT, Kayleigh grew up playing hockey with her sister Megan and brothers, Alex, Aiden, and Colton. Her father Roger was a goalie for Notre Dame, which made scoring challenging for the children.
(Skip cute anecdotes on how he never let the children score- they had to earn it honestly.)
"Her greatest strength is how well she sees, understands, and thinks the game," said coach Terry Bushka. "Her positioning is virtually flawless. She is always a step ahead. You never see an open guy have to get her attention. She already knows he's open."
It's not surprising that the word "intelligent" should be used to describe Kayleigh. Fernview prides itself on academic excellence. Acceptance to the school involves writing and defending numerous essays as well as passing tests that school officials claim are harder than the ACT or SAT tests taken by high school seniors intent on entering college.
(Skip stuff about her classes and schedule. She has a 4.0 GPA and wants to be a marine biologist.)
Kayleigh hasn't determined where she'll attend college yet, but offers of scholarships have come in from several schools, both for her academic as well as her hockey skills. Should she accept a hockey scholarship, it will bring about a new challenge- playing with other girls. Since childhood, Kayleigh has always played on boys' teams.
(Skip parts about how the guys accepted her once they saw her play. Extra note: she's 6 feet tall and 190 pounds.)
Now we get to the really interesting part!
While it is likely that Kayleigh will go the college route, it is possible that she might end up playing at a higher level. Several NHL scouts and others associated with NHL teams have been seen attending her games.
"We don't divulge who we are or are not scouting, or even if we're scouting." said a pro scout who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "That's the nature of our job. We have to get one up on the other guy."
Chad McNamara, who is in charge of reserved ticket sales for the Ottawa Senators doesn't have to make an excuse. The Boston native has attended games this year as the uncle of left wing Jaden Carter.
"Kayleigh is a fantastic hockey player and is very well liked by pretty much everyone I've talked to. Jaden and his friends have commented on her intelligence, work ethic, toughness, and love for the game. Is she being scouted? I don't know. Should she be?" McNamara smirks. "I'm not going to answer that. Either way, someone will be after my hide. Let's just say that if she were a boy, she'd have scouts and GM's and coaches all over her."
One team rumored to have a strong interest is the Tampa Bay Lightening. "I am not going to comment on that, but I will say that if we scout a player, we scout that player as a player rather than as a male player or female player. We do not take gender into account. If the talent is there, then it is there." said Tampa Bay
So, what do you think? Is this girl being scouted? Would a team actually scout a girl if she was that good? Could a girl really make it in the NHL?
I say if she's got the talent, go for it. If she can't make it, then she will be cut, just like every other player. She should get the same chance, but have to live up to the same standards.