My name is Danielle Ammons (I prefer to go by Dani) and I am a 2022 defenseman. I would love to get to play Division 1 hockey, but I am open to other options. What's more important than what level I play, is getting to play at a college where coming in as a freshman I have the opportunity to play, and hopefully play a lot by senior year. After college, I hope that I get the opportunity to get to play in the Olympics like a lot of other women. I feel like I would make a good candidate for any team, because I am hardworking, motivated, goal oriented, humble, a good teammate, resilient, and committed. A lot of those traits come from how hard it was for me growing up playing on boys’ teams until I was 12. When I played with the boys, it was very challenging as the boys were not very nice to me. This helped build my fire, it made me want to be better and to work harder than all the people around me. One thing that really demonstrates my hard work and commitment is my school schedule. I take a lot of hard classes, and this year I am taking mostly all AP and Honors classes. Only one of my six classes isn't an AP or Honors class, but it's a year ahead, and three of my other classes are a year ahead and also Honors level. In my opinion, one thing that really separates me from other athletes is that my path to where I am today hasn't been all success, but instead I’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs. I started out on the lowest team and worked my way up to a AAA team. I used my skills coach and my trainer at the gym to help me keep improving, and to help me get more success as I progressed in my journey. I have been skating with my coach 2-3 times a week and working out with my trainer 2-3 times a week, for the last five years. On the ice, I feel like my best skills are my skating, shooting, and the way that I see the ice. The way that I see the ice is really different than most others, I feel like I am able to see the play a step ahead of others and also execute the play or the pass to give my team more opportunities to score. Of course, mostly importantly, I love the game of hockey. Playing and training to play bring me great joy.