Teagan Grant is a first year Grade 10 student who has recently committed to the University of Wisconsin on a hockey scholarship. The offensive minded defenseman is a High Performance Phys-Ed student who was also recently invited to a Team Canada Strength and Conditioning Camp
After moving to Newmarket last year, Teagan switched her club from the North Bay Ice Boltz to the Toronto Aeros; who both play in the AA Provincial Women’s Hockey League. It was a comfortable move considering she was already familiar with many of the players and the league itself. She describes herself as a defenseman who loves to score. “Whenever I can, I join the rush and always try to score, like I’m a fourth forward.”
Hockey is a big part of the Grant family. Teagan’s father, Gord, played at Michigan Tech, while her sister Breanne currently plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Before ultimately deciding to commit to Wisconsin, Teagan considered many offers from different schools. The University of Minnesota, Ohio State and Princeton made her shortlist, leaving her with a big decision. She especially had pressure from her sister to join forces and play together. “We could have been Buckeyes together, but at the same time I felt I needed to forge my own path.” Ultimately, her decision was swayed by the fact that the University of Wisconsin is consistantly ranked #1 in Women’s Hockey, their offer was a full ride scholarship, and she could set her own destiny.
Teagan has many accolades to match her strong skillset. She won provincials with her previous North Bay team, played on the Ontario U16 team, and twice finished 2nd on a boys team at the Ontario Hockey Federation Tournament.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to read that her training schedule is quite rigorous. On Mondays and Thursdays, Teagan has skills training. Tuesday and Wednesdays involve joining her team in Toronto for practice, followed by fitness training. This leaves Friday as an optional rest day before a full slate of games on the weekend.
Teagan is thankful that she is a part of the High Performance Phys-Ed program at CDS. The program allows athletes the opportunity for an extra spare if their training reaches more than 12 hours a week. “I’m on the ice almost seven days a week, so having the extra spare every day helps me finish my homework and prepare for my classes.”
Team Canada’s Under-18 team recently announced a Strength and Conditioning Camp that Teagan was surprised to be included on. “I thought maybe next year I would [be invited], but I was very surprised to be given that opportunity this year.” A quick glance at the roster shows Teagan is the youngest at the camp, but that doesn’t faze her. “I’m not intimidated by others on the ice, but off the ice, maybe a little bit.” Teagan knows this is an incredible opportunity and a great experience to build on.