Hockey Star Zoe Hickel Giving Back Through Teaching


MALMO, SWEDEN – APRIL 4: USA’s Stephanie Anderson #18 and Zoe Hickel #36 celebrating with the Championship trophy after a 7-5 gold medal game win over Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
MALMO, SWEDEN – APRIL 3: Russia’s Valeria Tarakanova #1 reaches out to make a glove save while Yelena Silina #16 and USA’s Zoe Hickel #36 look on during semifinal round action at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Photo courtesy of Zoe Hickel.

As a massive hockey fan that I am, some of my favorite profiles I’ve written are on players such as Alaskan NHLers like Nate Thompson and Matt Carle.  And I also enjoyed getting to know Zoe Hickel,  who became a standout player both in college (Minnesota-Duluth), on the international stage (she won a world championship gold medal with Team USA) and professionally (she participated in the inaugural season in the American’s women’s pro league, the NWHL, and played the 2017-18 hockey season in China).

Hickel is giving back in her home state of Alaska by hosting a strength and conditioning clinic later this month for aspiring female athletes (with an assist from her sister, Tori, who also played Division I college hockey at Northeastern University and plays professionally in Sweden).

KTUU’s Kari Bustamante, herself a fomer star volleyball player, has a report on Hickel’s camp. (Check out the video below).

Here’s a little more in Bustamante’s piece:

Zoe Hickel’s Summer Training Program runs June 11th-26th at Elite Sports Performance and is customized to work on strength, mobility, power, speed, agility, and conditioning.

Zoe tells KTUU that she tries to spend as much time off the ice in the summer, and that aspiring athletes should do the same. “During those developing years, it’s hugely important. If you do want to make gains and make it to the next level, this is where it happens.” 

You can get more information on Zoe Hickel’s program here.

Here’s Zoe’s sister Tori’s website.