Jessie Olfert #5 (aka Jess)
Hometown: Penticton, BC
Penticton Minor Hockey Association
BC: Who has had the most influence on your hockey career, and why?
J: My dad. He coached me throughout atom and peewee and was always there with a video camera filming and coaching me along. He supported me through everything, even when I had the worst games ever.
BC: What is your first memory of playing hockey or skating?
J: When I was seven, I was put on the same line as the best female hockey player in my town. She was my inspiration and I looked up to her and still do.
BC: Who was your favorite minor hockey coach, and why?
J: John Buckley. Even though he only coached me for one year, our friendship continues and he is someone that I am able to talk to about anything and ask for advice. He always encourages and coaches me to help me accomplish my goals.
BC: What is your most memorable hockey moment?
J: When my boys team scored with two seconds left in the game to get us into the final for provincials. We won 3-2.
BC: What would winning the National Women’s U18 Championship mean to you?
J: It would be something that I would remember forever. I would be able to look back and tell my children about my experiences. Nationals will be the highest level of hockey I have ever played and regardless if we win or lose, I will learn life lessons.
BC: What one word describes you on the ice? Off the ice?
J: On the ice, determined. Off the ice, focused.
BC: Fave female athlete?
J: Christine Sinclair
BC: Fave NHL team?
J: Chicago Blackhawks
BC: Fave road arena?
J: Altona Memorial Arena (MB)
BC: Fave movie?
Pride and Prejudice
BC: Fave Candy Bar?
J: Hersey’s Cookies & Cream
BC: Fave food?
BC: What was your first job?
J: A coffee barista
BC: Are you associated with any charities?
J: Katie Cares Foundation and Young Life Canada.
BC: What do you consider your strongest hockey skill? How did you develop it?
J: Battles. When I was younger my dad would always practice tight battles with me. Playing soccer also helped me because I am able to use my feet in a tight area to get the puck out or to hold it in and freeze it up.
BC: What’ another random fact about you?
J: I like to knit. I have been baking cheesecakes since I was 3. I’m learning how to do latte art.