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19 Realities All Girls Who Played Ice Hockey Know To Be True

Play like a girl.

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1. You were usually the only girl at hockey camp.

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2. And when the coach asked you to break into pairs, the boys always picked you last.

3. Which didn't really matter, because you'd usually leave them in your dust anyway.

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4. Discovering shoulder pads specifically tailored for your anatomy changed your life.

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5. Though it turned out they still didn't save you from the occasional rocket puck.

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6. The pain of getting hit in the crotch by a hockey puck is not exclusive to boys.

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7. Not being allowed to check is a total travesty.

8. Getting rid of that "hockey smell" is virtually impossible no matter how hard you try.

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9. There are times when your going out look must accommodate your "just got off the rink" look.

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10. A pair of skates is far more comfortable than a pair of heels.

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11. Expressing yourself with socks is completely acceptable, in fact, encouraged.

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12. Being able to do a split without anything "slamming down" is a major advantage.

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13. And so is being small.

14. No one will ever doubt your strength once they see you carrying a bag twice your size.

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15. Your slapshot is just as fierce as any guy's.

16. ... Seriously.

17. While the NHL may not be in your future, it doesn't mean your dreams can't come true.

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18. And you're never too young to start chasing those dreams...

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