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Former Fort St. John Flyer Brooke Disher "living the dream"

"We experienced a bit of culture shock, even the first day we were here."
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Former Fort St. John hockey player Brooke Disher (centre) has been chosen as team captain for the U-18 Women's World Hockey Championship in Wisconsin.

The Canadian under-18 women’s hockey team evened its record to 1-1 at the world hockey championships in Wisconsin after a 3-1 decision over Sweden Tuesday.

And, for Team Canada captain and former Fort St. John product Brooke Disher, it’s a dream come true.

“It’s awesome. I definitely have never played at the world level, so even like to play against girls that aren’t speaking the same language as you. We experienced a bit of culture shock, even the first day we were here.”

Although she has yet to get onto the scoreboard, the former Fort St. John Flyer is leading the team in on-ice minutes.

“I would say my role on the team changes depending on the game,” said Disher.

“Yesterday, we needed some energy on the penalty kill. Other times, my role might be to generate a bit of offence.”

Disher, though, is no stranger to leadership, having been chosen to wear the ‘C’ for Team BC in the past.

For the 17-year-old, this week and next is also an exciting opportunity to share the experience with her family.

“My parents made the trip, my brother and his girlfriend, and both sets of my grandparents. People are commenting on all the Disher jerseys in the stands and walking around Madison. There’s quite a few.”

Wednesday is a scheduled day off for the team, but it’s back to business Thursday when Team Canada takes on the Americans.

“We’ve been getting lots of shots each game, but we need to be in the high-scoring areas and just bear down,” said Disher, commenting on what they’ll need to do to win.

Shots on goal certainly aren’t an issue.

Canada out shot Finland 40-17 in their 2-0 loss Monday and 56-34 in their win over Sweden Tuesday.

They'll just need to get a few more into the net.