Former Brown team captain makes pro hockey history
PROVIDENCE (WLNE) – Katie Guay says a lot of her former hockey teammates were surprised to hear of her new career venture. Not because she’s not qualified, but more because of the style she played for Brown in the early 2000s.
“I was a grinder,” Guay told ABC 6 News. “Swapping my stick for a whistle was a little shocking for some of my teammates,” she said.
Guay was a team captain on the 2004-05 Brown team, and now she’s taken the next step in her post playing career. She’s officiated in the Olympics (2018 Pyongyang) , as well as junior and college hockey. But most recently she etched her name into the hockey history books, becoming the first woman to ever officiate an American Hockey League game.
“I felt prepared,” Guay said. “I had a long journey to get there and I felt that preparation helped me to feel good while I was on the ice.”
The AHL is a direct feeder to the NHL and Guay says this is a great way to continue to be around the sport that she loves and that she hopes this is a big step for women in the sport.
“It’s a fun way to be out there and be a part of the game,” she said. “So I hope this opens eyes to young players out there.”
Guay will be doing another game in the AHL next month in Hershey.