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t-birds-ice-hockey_589x277The UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team is headed to the national championships for the first time in school history, thanks to their 36-year-old goalie.

Last year, the T-birds women’s hockey team just won one game in the entire season. This year, they’ve won 23 and counting. They’re heading to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in Toronto. They hired a new coach in the off season, and they got a new goalie, an old goalie. Head Coach Graham Thomas is 32 and goalie Danielle Dube is 36. Besides family, hockey, taking a full course load online, Dube is also a fulltime firefighter, a career she started after winning four world titles with the Canadian National Team in the 90s. “I came to the team expecting to do some goalie coaching. The offer was there for me to throw on my gear for camp, and I thought oh well I’ll take it on. I haven’t been on the ice in a while, why not,” says Dube.

UBC now tries to write the perfect ending to their Cinderella season as they play their opening game in the CIS National Championships in Toronto on Friday.

She was hooked after the first shot off her aluminum Gretzky hockey stick at 13 years old. Growing up playing competitive hockey in Vancouver, British Columbia has inspired her to coach in addition to playing. She is currently the Vice President and Assistant Coach of her alma mater Simon Fraser University for the women's ice hockey club. Upon graduating with a BBA, she has found a way combine her love of sports, mainly hockey, with her career. She has worked with the BC Lions and still works for the Canucks for Kids Fund on game days coordinating one the best 50/50 programs in the NHL. In a nutshell - Ovechkin over Crosby, Vancouver Canucks are my #1, New York Rangers are my #2...and she bakes cakes (the Cake Boss type).

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