Terri Kristine, much like other females, was told growing up that hockey was “only for boys”. At a very young age, Terri developed a passion for hockey. She fooled her father by sitting quietly on the couch watching hockey with him. He wouldn't send her to bed and this is how she became interested in hockey. At age seven, she was shot down and denied the right to play hockey. They tried to get her to take up figure skating but she refused because she had her sights set on hockey. She satisfied her love of hockey by going to watch local minor hockey games. Unfortunately, by the time women’s hockey became an option, she had given up hope.
Finally, in her 30's, the opportunity for Terri to play hockey had risen. She started off playing ball hockey. The fear of being the only beginner held Terri back from taking her hockey skills to the ice. However, two of her ball hockey friends were going to make the jump to ice hockey. This inspired Terri to make that jump with them as she was not going to be the only beginner. The women played for a season, however, it was a more advanced team they were playing on than they expected, so Terri did not return the next season. Eventually, she found a more casual league that was better suited for her and she has been playing ever since. The hockey community is what kept her in the game as she says, “I think what kept me was that there were players my age who were supportive and encouraging”.
An inspiration of Terri's happens to be the mother of one of her teammates, who still plays hockey in her 70's. Due to being deprived of hockey growing up and told that hockey was “only for boys”, she states, “I’m going to play until it is just not possible anymore”. Being held back from hockey in your youth is only more of a reason to take it up in your adulthood.