If you’ve played hockey you know the drill. You’re young. Just starting out. Everyone’s getting use to the game and then the Coach asks, ‘okay kids, any volunteers to play goalie?’ You stare at your skates, you shuffle and you fidget, hoping that someone steps up. And then some kid does.
Brittany Ott was that kid. 22 years ago she claimed that net and hasn’t left it since.
Brittany grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and learned to skate at the age of four. She followed in the footsteps of her older brother Aaron onto a hockey rink, began playing and always ‘stepped up’ to play goalie. Her position was set, she was a goaltender. She would always be a goaltender.
Along with hockey Brittany played tennis and softball in high school. She was captain of her softball team during her junior and senior years and was named All-State in 2008.
She went on to play goalie for the University of Maine Black Bears and started all four years. In 2009 Brittany was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and was the goaltender of the month in November of 2013. She recorded 69 saves against the Mercyhurst Lakers in 2010 and in a 2013 game against Boston College set a Black Bears record of 72 saves. That same year she was awarded the female ‘M’ (Maine) Club Dean Smith Award Recipient for the top student-athlete in the university.
After graduating from Maine she joined the Boston Blades of the CWHL and played there for two seasons, capturing the Clarkson Cup in her second campaign. Today, Brittany minds the net for the Boston Pride of the NWHL and this season they will be defending the title of Isobel Cup Champions. She had a perfect 4-0 record in last year’s playoff run and was also named to the WNHL All Star team.
Hockey is a fast and fluid game and a goaltender is trained to react to certain situations in certain ways. But it’s also about the mindset. It’s about the ability to control emotions under constant, intense pressure. It’s about ‘letting it go’ after a goal is scored. It’s about will and determination. And maybe most of all, it’s about stepping up. Just like Brittany did 22 years ago. Just like she does in every game.
We’re excited and proud to have Brittany as one of our Democracy Of Sweat’s Team Athletes.