Play some hockey overseas with friends, and pick up a gold medal. While not all of that was part of the plan, Stacy Cosgrove says she can scratch another item of her bucket list either way.
Cosgrove organized and played on a Canadian World Masters team that just picked up a gold medal in Innsbruck, Austria at the WWMG.
WWMG are aimed at both male and female ice hockey players of all abilities. Games are non-contact, while teams are divided into the categories 30+ and 50+. Teams comprising players from more than one country are welcome to take part.
Cosgrove has played at the Olympic High performance level during her post-secondary hockey career. After just missing the Canadian national team, she moved overseas to play for a stint, becoming well versed in the travel and international aspect of Canada’s winter sport.
After being diagnosed with brain cancer, Cosgrove has doubled down on taking each day by day, each hockey shift by shift. She was initially given less than three years to live, now approaching five years ago.
“This was one of those cases where we said it out loud, then it had to become a reality. We’d won a few tournaments last spring and thought let’s go for this,” she said.
“There are players from all over the peace region who were apart of this team,” said teammate Cindy Lou Potter from Austria.
“Playing hockey is another passion of mine, I have played hockey since I was 11 years old,” adds Potter.
Potter says the trip was a first for her, despite AAA and NAIT on ice experience.
“This is my first time playing hockey in another continent,” she says.
July saw Cosgrove holding tryouts and then having the team members as a whole manage the affair.
“Some girls took on roles setting up accommodation, others jerseys, etc. It turns out all of the team members did know each other previously.”
That may have helped, because the team didn’t get a full-member practise in together.
“We were never all on the ice together on the same ice until the first game.”
Cosgrove, who lives in Bonanza and is a teacher at Savannah High School says the experience, regardless of the gold medal result was one to remember. Cosgrove and her husband are raising a pair of boys, 6 and 8 years old.
“I checked something off my bucket list.”