Those who know Meghan Grieves say she doesn't back away from a challenge.
Grieves, from Cary, was the first girl to play with the guys in the Junior Hurricanes junior hockey program in Raleigh. In a couple of years, the forward hopes to help the Boston College women's team win a first national championship.
The BC men won the NCAA title last season. Why not the women?
"Boston College is an incredible school academically and has a great heritage for hockey," Grieves said. "It has always been a dream of mine to not only attend BC but to also play hockey for former [U.S.] Olympians, [coach] Katie King and [assistant coach] Courtney Kennedy, and to win a national championship."
Grieves, 16, is a junior at Culver Academy in Culver, Ind., but didn't want to wait on her college commitment. Her father, Chad Grieves, said she had nine scholarship offers but narrowed her list to BC, Cornell, Princeton, Wisconsin and Syracuse, then reached a decision.
Grieves, who leads Culver in goals (six) and points (10) this season, said she was first attracted to hockey because her brother, Brandon, played the sport.
"I thought it would be fun to stop watching the game and try it out for myself," she said.
In 2007, Grieves attended tryouts for the Junior Hurricanes and was chosen for the team, calling it "an incredible opportunity." She praised coaches Colin Muldoon, Steve Sabo, David Laszlo and Paul Strand for helping her further develop her game.
"Playing with the boys was not always easy, but it definitely made me a faster, stronger, and smarter player," she said. "I think I am benefiting from my time spent playing with the boys to this day."
Strand, coordinator of youth and amateur hockey for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, said Grieves is a good player.
"To play with the boys, you need to be tenacious with the puck, and she is," Strand said. "She didn't mind getting in the corners and taking the puck from the guys. She's a very good skater and has a no-quit attitude."
In addition to playing college hockey, Grieves said she hopes to represent the United States in international competition. She has been invited to attend USA Hockey's U18 camp next summer.
"It would be an amazing experience to be involved with the U.S. national team and play for Team USA," she said. "I am devoted to working hard this season, and the hard work will hopefully pay off come next July at national camp."
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