At five years old, Kelley Steadman attended a skate clinic held at the Plattsburgh State Field House, where she first learned how to skate. Seventeen years later, the Plattsburgh native is now skating among the best women’s hockey players in the world.
“When I was little, I dreamed of making the national team,” Steadman said. “I think when I got to college is when I thought it could become more of a reality. It’s a great honor.”
At 22 years-old, the former Mercyhurst College Laker is trying to help Team USA bring home the gold in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women’s Championships, held this year in Ottawa.
“I just want to do anything I can to have my team get to the gold,” Steadman said. “Playing for your country is so much bigger than yourself.”
From a young age, Steadman played youth hockey for the Plattsburgh Road Runners and the North Country Cougars. She attended Northwood School in Lake Placid before being recruited by the Lakers.
During her four years at Mercyhurst, Steadman appeared in 140 games and accumulated 78 goals and 54 assists to total 132 points.
She helped the Lakers to two NCAA Frozen Four appearances, including the first in the school’s history her freshman year, along with four NCAA quarterfinal appearances, three College Hockey America Tournament championships and four regular-season titles. In 2012, Steadman was named to the All-College Hockey America First Team and also CHA Player of the Year her senior season.
After a decorated career for the Lakers, the forward was drafted by the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Blades.
Steadman is considered one of the best up-and-coming women’s hockey players. In 2008 she made the Under-18 USA World Championship Team and 2011 was her first year named to the women’s national team.