Sunday, April 11, 2021

Whitney finds community on, off rink

Taylor Whitney, a communication studies major at SUNY Plattsburgh, is a force to be reckoned with on the women’s hockey team. She enjoys the community the team exposed her to.

Whitney loves her teammates and she also loves her coaches. Whitney looks forward to a challenge when it comes to a game. She said she joined the team for the atmosphere, team, coaches and winning culture.

Along with being on the women’s hockey team, Whitney is dedicated to communication studies. She was not sure what she wanted to pursue, but she knows she wants to continue her schooling when she graduates.

“I chose [communication studies] for the broadness since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” Whitney said. “I’m getting my master’s in mental health counseling and it’s a good bachelor’s degree to have for that.”

Whitney calls herself passionate, hardworking and approachable. When not in a class or a game, Whitney loves reading, being outdoors and taking care of her pet.

“I am a mother to my beautiful kitten named Kiggy,” Whitney said.

Brian Savard is Director of Communications for Athletics at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has come to know Whitney because of the women’s hockey team.

“Taylor is incredibly fun to watch,” Savard said. “She’s a smart player who always seems to put herself in the right place at the right times. I can’t imagine there are too many second-line centers in Division III who are better than Taylor.”

Savard believes that Whitney is an incredibly good player for the team. Savard also said Whitney is a hard worker outside of the hockey rink.

“She definitely treats her teammates well,” Savard said. “The women’s hockey team is incredibly close knit, and she certainly adds a lot to the team’s chemistry. As a student worker for me, Taylor always makes herself available to work other teams’ games when women’s hockey isn’t in season. She’s never afraid to take on whatever job I give her to work at games.”

 

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