Q&A with No. 1 NWHL draft pick Sammy Davis

Sammy Davis, a forward out of Boston University, was the first overall selection in the 2020 NWHL draft, signing with the Boston Pride for 2020-2021. This past season the Pembroke, Mass. native led the Terriers in goals (17), assists (24) and points (41). She was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star, as well as MVP of the Beanpot Tournament. Davis will continue her studies at BU while playing in the NWHL as she completes her doctorate in occupational therapy.

Q: How has your training been during the pandemic and what are some modifications you have had to make with it?

A: My training has been a lot different. The first few months of the pandemic I had to adapt and change my workout, so I did a lot of stuff outside. I rode my bike and rollerbladed everywhere. I was also lucky enough to have a gym in my basement, so I did a lot of at home workout.

Q: What are some of your goals when you are able to return on the ice?

A: Some of my future goals are to win a championship with the Pride and learn and develop my game. Also have some fun along the way!

Q: Training is definitely important but I’m sure you get to have some free time, so what have you been up to when you aren’t training?

A: I love to go to the beach and go swimming in the ocean. I also love reading when I am not studying.

Q: What made you want to make hockey into a career?

A: I still love hockey and I haven’t lost my passion for it so that’s why I wanted to continue playing.

Q: What initially got you involved in sports?

My siblings started playing so I wanted to play with them.

Q: Did you have a favourite hockey team growing up?

A: Definitely the Bruins.

Q: I understand you actually started figure skating so what made you switch to hockey?

A: My siblings!

Q: Who have been some athletes that you looked up to?

A: Basically, the entire 1998 winter Olympics women’s national team. Right now a lot of the Olympians. I aspire to be them.

Q: Do you have a favourite sports movie?

A: Miracle on Ice.

Q: You are coming out of Boston University; how did you feel to not only be the No.1 draft pick but to be drafted to the Boston Pride?

A: I am so excited and so grateful to stay in my favorite city and play!

Q: Do you have any advice for young women who want to pursue a career in ice hockey?

A: Enjoy where you are at in your hockey career because it goes by fast. Also work hard every day and be a good teammate. Be the girl that pushes people to be the best version of themselves on and off the ice, and never stop smiling because you are so lucky to be playing this amazing. Remember to have fun.

Featured photo credit: Sammy Davis Instagram (@sdavis_16)

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