We chatted with with professional ice hockey player Lindsay Eastwood who plays for The Toronto Six Premier Hockey Federation (PHF). Eastwood played college hockey at Syracuse University prior to turning pro. Lindsay tells us what it was like being a college athlete, playing pro hockey, her goals for sports broadcasting and more. Check out our conversation below!
When did you decide that you were going to be an athlete?
Lindsay Eastwood (LE): I don’t know if there was ever a moment of decision, rather it just kind of happened. Throughout my early days of hockey through University and now Pro, one thing led to another and I was just going with it enjoying the ride wanting to strive for the next level each step of the way.
What was it like for you being a college athlete?
LE: It was awesome! Some of the best years of my life to this day were during college. We were treated like pros, I was surrounded by my best friends, and I was in the program I worked so hard to get into. At Syracuse, we were set up to succeed – we had everything we needed and more to succeed both in the classroom and on the ice with the first class facilities and staff guiding us along the way. I miss those days!
Did you play multiple sports growing up?
LE: Growing up I played soccer, box lacrosse, touch football, and tried just about every other sport I could.
How did the opportunity to play pro hockey come to be?
LE: After University, I knew I wanted to continue my hockey career, I just wasn’t sure where. I was getting heavily recruited by a few teams in the NWHL (now PHF) to be drafted by them but it was the Spring of 2020 and there was a lot of uncertainty in the world and I wasn’t ready to make any committments so I opted out of the draft. A few months later Digit Murphy called me and my values and aspirations for women’s hockey aligned with the Toronto Six. Digit then offered me a contract with the team and I signed.
Can you talk a little bit about your interest and experience in sports media?
LE: Once I hang up my skates I aspire to be a Sports Broadcaster. I would love to get in the booth and talk hockey once I’m done playing. I received a Masters in Television, Radio, Film Production with a Sports Emphasis from Newhouse School of Public Communications, which is one of the top Comms school’s in the US. Not long after I graduated, I received a gig with the Tampa Bay Times getting to cover the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs bubble in Toronto. I am now working as a Social Media Manager for a campaign with Ford Canada and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Looking forward to continuing my involvement in the Sports media world.
What’s the best advice you can give to young female hockey players?
LE: To chase your dreams no matter how big or little they are. You are capable of more than you know when you work hard.
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