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Player Profile: Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin...

By Staff, 02/27/13, 12:30PM CST

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Megan has been a goalie for the Minnesota Whitecaps since the inception of the team back in 2004.  She is a graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret's High School playing hockey for the Thoroughbreds then moving on to a stellar carrier while attending Princeton.

Growing up in Loretto with 7 siblings, all but one played some level of hockey it is no wonder Megan has a competitive spirit. She started playing at the age of 3 years old and has now been playing for 28 years.  As her family grows and her boys start playing more hockey Megan plans to be coaching them someday.

Q: How or who introduced you to the game of hockey?
MS: My older brother started playing and I wanted to do everything he did so my mom signed me up soon after him.

Q: How would you describe your experience at Worlds 2009?
MS: Amazing, unbelievable, one of a kind. We were not a team of individuals; we were all on the same page and striving for the same goals in perfect harmony. I have never experienced anything like it before.

Q: When you are not playing hockey what do you enjoying doing in your free time?
MS: Right now my two boys take most of my time and energy. Vaughn is 2 and Chace is 7 Months.  I also enjoy working out to stay in shape lifting weights, deer hunting in November, and farming

Q: When did you become involved with the Minnesota Whitecaps?
MS: The first year the whitecaps started I had just graduated college and was looking for a place to continue my Olympic dreams. And the Whitecaps gave me the opportunity to keep playing.

Q: What is your current career?
MS: Stay at home mom, and I manage an 80 acre farm in Cokato.  My husband Eric and I have 8 cows 4 bulls and 4 replacement heifer calves of Simmental Beef cows, with about 60 acres of alfalfa Hay/ Pasture land. Right now we are selling the bulls for breeding stock and slowly building a herd.

Q: How do you manage with your career and training schedule?
MS: I get lots of help from my husband and family with watching the kids. Keeping good records and planning ahead of time when farm things need to be accomplished.

Q: What is your most memorable moment with the Whitecaps?
MS: When I was five and a half months pregnant with my first son Vaughn, we won the Clarkson Cup in Canada. I was goalie of the tournament and not too many people knew I was pregnant. It is always meaningful when you beat Canada and steal their trophy.

Q: After college did you want to continue playing hockey?
MS: What else would I do? I absolutely love playing hockey and I wanted to chase my Olympic dreams. Hockey is a part of me.

Q: What are some pre game routines you have?
MS: I was superstitious when I was younger and I hated being ruled by them. So as I got older I changed my attitude towards them and tried to not be superstitious.  I keep my pregame rituals very low key and simple and don’t worry if things don’t go exactly as planned.  Generally I like to have a cup of coffee before a game, and just relax and connect with teammates while we are getting dressed.

Q: Did you play any other sports during your life?
MS: Several. Any sport that I could try I would. I love being competitive and playing. Let’s see I played Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Track, Mountain Biking, Road biking, hunting, Scuba diving. Even tried golf and football with friends but not really played.

Q: What is a unique trait you have that most people would not know about you?
MS: I am a very calm, quiet, down to earth person that has a strong competitive fire that hates to lose at anything.

Q: Who is your role model?
MS: Martin Brodeur – to be playing as well as he has and for as long while being able to adapt to different goaltending styles is remarkable.

Q: What would you tell younger athletes when things might not be going as well in their sporting career?
MS: “This too shall pass. “

Go Whitecaps!