“Whenever anyone asks me if I like hockey, I tell them, ‘I was born to play hockey!'” Ella said. “Getting good grades in school and being a good hockey player are my priorities. As a player, I am physical and I like to move the puck.”

On her fifth birthday, Ella’s dad took her to Learn To Skate classes for the first time. Ever since then he has been her best coach and biggest fan. Ella’s teammates also help her be a better leader and hockey player.

“I am excited to play challenging hockey with strong girls from all over, make new friends and meet new coaches,” she said. “I think the team draft event and going to the Hockey Hall of Fame will be a lot of fun.”