CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Canadian national team member. Olympic gold medallist. World champion. General manager and now an author.
It’s been a labour of love for Sami Jo Small.
Her book ‘The Role I Played‘ is available now, and the goaltender is proud to offer a voice for all those involved in the women’s game.
Wow, is this real life? ????Can't believe my book is actually on the shelves across the country, let alone the amazing company I get to keep! WOW ????Humbled. #Dryden #Bower #Quinn #Orr @SNKenReid @IceSinghHNIC @TeemuSel8nne #TheRoleIPlayed pic.twitter.com/RnJffenERN
— Sami Jo Small (@SamiJoSmall) September 30, 2020
“I started to write it, and I started to realize that the stories were bigger than just me,” she explained.
“The stories were about so many of those incredible women that I got to play with. I didn’t want that to be lost to history. I wanted that to be preserved. I wanted to ensure the stories were written accurately.”
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And that involved going back through pages and pages of logs and journals she had kept of her playing career, along with viewing plenty of footage.
“It isn’t just the big names, the Cassie Campbells and the Hayley Wickenheisers, but the countless other women that toiled away, perhaps in obscurity, and I didn’t want their moment to be lost.”