While her peers were enjoying summer vacation, Kodiak’s Carly Glover was playing hockey with the best in the nation.
Glover, a senior at Kodiak High School, earned a spot at the prestigious USA Hockey National Player Development Camp that happened in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
According to her father and Kodiak Hockey League President John Glover, his daughter was one of 28 forwards from her birth year that was selected to the camp.
It was a week-long camp that took place in late June.
“I was really stoked,” Glover said. “It was my second year going, so I had a little more experience, and I was a little more confident on the ice.”
Being able to compete in the camp, which included drills and games, will help Glover as she prepares to land on a college team.
“It definitely makes me feel like I stand out. It really narrows down what college coaches are looking for in an athlete,” she said. “I’m able to talk to more high-level colleges now.”
Glover said she is deciding on a college to play for — she has drawn interest from a handful of colleges. She said the process has been overwhelming.
“At first I didn’t know where to start, but now I have a base,” she said.
Glover is currently juggling hockey and cross country. Next Friday she will run in her final meet at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, then fly to Anchorage to practice with the Alaska All-Stars 19AA girls select team. She will be competing in a college showcase tournament next month in Detroit.
Kodiak cross country coach Ashley Mortenson is happy to have a multi-sport star on her squad.
“She is so strong and mentally tough because of all her hockey training and experience at a national level,” Mortenson said. “I love having her work so hard to fit in cross country as much as she can.”
After qualifying for the state cross country meet in her first two high school seasons, Glover was missed most of her junior season with a knee injury.
She has been healthy this season and is firmly planted as one of Kodiak’s top seven runners.
I’m not running my freshman times, but I have improved a lot from where I started last year to this year,” Glover said.