This weekend the Canadian Women's Hockey League had their draft and the Calgary Inferno used the 53rd pick overall to choose Drake's Alex Blair.
The 22 year-old has just wrapped up a solid for year career on the blue line at St. Scholastica in the NCAA.
After falling in love with the sport as a youngster, she played hockey in her hometown before playing with a Midget girls team in Humboldt while just a Bantam aged player. Once that team folded due to the emergence of the Midget AAA girls league Blair played one season in Saskatoon. Deciding the four to five trips a week to the Bridge City was too much she moved to Weyburn to suit up for the Gold Wings in the AAA Saskatchewan loop. It was there she realized hockey was a gift for her.
"I was probably about 16 or 17 when I realized it was maybe more than a dream," she explained Wednesday afternoon. "Up until that point you don't really know how much you stack up to other girls and how much you are going to develop but when I was about 17 I started to see my hard work pay off."
That it did, she earned a scholarship to the Division III school based in Duluth, Minnesota.
Despite her solid four years on the Saints' blue line she admits she was surprised to get picked in the CWHL draft.
"We followed the draft online, we had the option to go and follow it in person but it was in Ontario and that was just a little bit of a drive for me to do that. I guess when I found out, I wasn't expecting to go because it was so close to the end but when my name came up, it was like wow."
She tallied 12 goals, 51 assists for 63 points in 107 career games. She also accumulated a number of honours during her career including a two-time Second Team A-H-C-A All-American, a three-time First Team All-NCHA selection and was named to the NCHA All-Rookie Team in 2012.
Obviously hockey has been good to her but she admits it may not be her future.
"Camp isn't for about another month and I am not guaranteed to make the team even when I do go try-out so in the meantime here I've been offered a full-time position with FCC out of Regina and that's kind of the pathway I'd like to head. I studied finance and economics down in the States but I would really like to get into agriculture."
The CWHL was established in 2007 and is comprised of five teams including the Inferno, Brampton Thunder, Montreal Stars and Toronto Furies and Boston Blades.
You can hear more from Blair in her interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork below.