Erika like Phil started with MAP/FHIT back when the North Campus was just taking off. She was a Roseville native that graduated from Roseville High School in 2014. There Erika was a 4-year letter winner for the Raiders as a forward. Each year Erika improved her point total, finishing off her senior year leading the team with 31 points. After her 4-year career at Roseville, Erika continued her playing career at the University of St. Thomas. While at St. Thomas Erika switched positions to defense, won two MIAC Titles, and was named Captain her senior season. During her time at MAP, she was definitely a member’s favorite coach because she was outgoing and happy to share her hockey knowledge. As a member Erika was always one of the hardest workers and eager to improve her game. Those traits carried her far in hockey, but more importantly in her career. Today Erika works for RDO Integrated Controls as a vertical construction account manager.
When did you start playing hockey?
-At age 8
When did you start with MAP? What was your favorite thing about being a Member and Coach?
-Summer before eighth grade (09’). Best part of being a skater at MAP was the individualized attention I received and how the coaches were able to push me to become a better player. It was fun skating with girls from other schools and I made life-long friends. Alternatively, when I started coaching I got to share my knowledge and experiences to help players develop and take their games to the next level.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a young upcoming hockey player?
-It’s a great feeling to work hard, push yourself, and know you left it all out on the ice. So work hard, have fun, and remember that in hockey, as in life, you will make mistakes. It is about how you recover after making them that makes all the difference.
Now that you have graduated from the University of St. Thomas, what are you doing now?
-I am a vertical construction account manager at RDO Integrated Controls in Bloomington. My company works with contractors to provide office to field workflows that are used for layout, as-builts, and QAQC.
What do you like most about your job?
-I love that everyday looks a little different and brings new challenges. I focus on our vertical construction market so I get to learn about many different trades within the industry. Getting to meet new people and help them enhance their business is very rewarding.
How has hockey and/or MAP prepared you for life after hockey?
-Hockey has taught me to be tough, resilient, and confident. Being in a challenging but supportive environment like MAP allowed me to mature as a player and a person.