Throughout the 2017-18 season, U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our new interview series “Getting to know…”
- Name: Morgan McCann
- School: Laurentian University
- Sport: Women’s hockey
- Position: Forward
- Year of eligibility: Third
- Program: Sports Administration
- Hometown: Parkhill, Ont.
1. What attracted you to Laurentian University?
When I first visited Laurentian. I really liked the campus and the fact it was secluded from the rest of the city. The Sports Administration program also really caught my eye and it was a program I couldn’t pass up. I had heard a lot of great things about the program, so between that, the campus and the hockey program I was sold.
2. What’s your favourite memory, and your greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete?
My favourite memory as a U SPORTS student-athlete would have to be the time spent on the bus with my teammates, which might seem weird considering the distance we have to travel. Being located in Sudbury, we spend a lot of time on the bus, but we always find a way to have fun and make the time go by fast. It also helps the team bond, and I think that’s one of the reasons I can confidently say the last three years have been the three closest-knit teams I have ever played on. It’s definitely something I’ll miss when I’m done playing.
My greatest athletic achievement as a U SPORTS student-athlete is when our team made the playoffs for the first time in program history. Even though I was only in my first year, I could see how much it meant to the players and staff that had been there from the start. It made me happy for them and it made me appreciate it that much more.
3. Where are you hoping your path will take you after university?
I’m hoping to put my Sports Administration degree to use and get a job working with a sports team or organization. I’m currently doing an internship with U SPORTS which I’m really enjoying and it’s been helping me get experience in the events field. The internship has helped me to see how things run behind the scenes. Organizing events and/or game days really interests me.
I’m also hoping to help grow the game of women’s hockey whether it be through coaching or volunteering. I think it’s great how far the game has come and I want to continue to see girls have the same opportunities that my teammates and I had, if not more.
4. Who’s had the greatest influence on your athletic career?
My parents.They’ve given me unwavering support throughout my career and have rarely missed a game, no matter what sport I was playing growing up or how busy they were. I certainly wouldn’t be fulfilling my dream of playing varsity hockey if it wasn’t for them.
5. Who is someone in the sports world, past or present, with whom you’d love to have dinner with? Why?
Mats Sundin, because I idolized him as a kid and I’ll never be as attached to another player as I was to him. I’m a huge Leafs fan, so I would just want to hear a bunch of his stories and experiences from his time in Toronto.
6. What is your pre-game ritual? Do you have any superstitions/idiosyncrasies around preparing yourself for a game?
Before home games, I eat spaghetti and watch a couple episodes of Friends. On the road, it varies a little bit depending on how much time we have and where we are. I have a lot of superstitions (probably too many), but I can’t tell anyone what they are. I think it’s bad luck.
7. What’s your go-to song to get pumped up for practice or a game?
I like anything really, but nothing beats Shania Twain or Nickelback.
8. What’s your favourite social media account to follow?
Paul Bissonnette. He always has something funny to post about.
9. If you could try another sport, what would it be and why?
I would want to try lacrosse because it looks like a lot of fun, but there weren’t many teams close to my area growing up.
10. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you as an athlete?
During one of my hockey games when I was younger, I had a breakaway and their goalie was pulled. I panicked because someone was chasing me and missed the open net.