Each week, GoCrimson.com will take an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the members of the Harvard women's hockey team. This week features junior forward, Hillary Crowe. (Gil Talbot)
Why did you choose Harvard?
I chose Harvard because it allowed me to challenge myself to be the best I can be; in the classroom, on the ice, and most importantly, as a person. When I visited, I remember the coaches saying that a big goal of theirs was to make sure they not only recruited awesome hockey players and students, but also people with good character outside the rink who would push themselves to be the best.
Whom do you model your game after and why?
I watch a lot of NHL hockey, and one of my favorite players is Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild. He is someone who works hard every time he steps on the ice and plays with so much passion. He is also such a positive leader and really earns the respect from his teammates, something that I strive to achieve as a player as well.
Is there any significance as to why you wear your number?
When 7 was taken, I chose 8 because it is close to 7 and in college my dad was 18, so I thought 8 would be a good number, and I have fallen in love with it!
What's your favorite pregame meal?
I'm probably the most consistent eater (besides Jill Dempsey) and I stick to grilled chicken, veggies, brown rice and hummus, of course.
Do you have any superstitions before getting on the ice?
During off ice warm-ups, Emerance and I have to knock elbows when we go through the line and I also have to make sure I do my own little warm up in the same order after our team warm up.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself as a hockey player?
Passionate, smart, strong.
What/who are you listening to pregame, and why?
"Latch" by Disclosure. That is all.
What's the best part about road trips during the season?
My favorite part about road trips is the bonding time. On the bus, in the hotel, you get a lot of time to just hang out and get to know each other a lot better, and it's awesome. We also play games on the bus that are pretty fun/funny.
Do you have any good stories from a particular away trip?
We always try and pull a few pranks, and I fell victim to a water prank one year. A couple teammates knocked on my door and left a bucket of water propped up against the door so when I opened it, the water spilled. Luckily it ended up making our room more wet than my feet, but that was pretty funny and relatively innocent.
Where are you most likely to be found in the offseason?
Hanging out at my cabin in Hayward, Wis., with family and friends.
What is your favorite thing about Cambridge/Boston?
That's tough. There are a lot of things I love. One thing I know I love about attending Harvard is you get the best of both worlds. Living in Cambridge you get that community feel of a University and a wonderful view of the river every day walking over to the athletic complex. However, you also get a feel for the city life with Boston so close. I also have to say I love the shopping in Boston, it is second to none.
What other Harvard team do you enjoy watching as a fan?
I enjoy watching Softball, as they are definitely loyal fans of ours, and it's fun to return the support. Too many good sports teams at Harvard to choose just a few, but I really enjoy watching basketball, lacrosse and men's hockey.
If you could travel back in time, when/where would you go?
I would love to travel back in time and get to watch my dad play college/high school sports. He's one of my biggest role models so it would be cool to be able to actually see him play sports rather than just watch film of him or have him tell me about his experiences.
If you could have a superpower, which one would you chose?
What kind of legacy do you want to leave at Harvard?
I hope to leave a legacy of showing passion in whatever it is you do. On the ice, in the classroom, being a friend, teammate, I hope that people remember me as someone who was passionate and really cared about the things I love and do.