Alum Bella Crugnale currently plays for the University of New England. Bella played for the Pens Elite as a 12U, 14U, 16u and 19U before heading out East.
We caught up to chat about her time in the Pens Elite program and how she has adjusted to attending the University of New England.
The adjustment coming from PPE to college was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Once you become comfortable and gain confidence, it is easy to adjust.
I have played with Pens Elite my entire pre-college career. My teammates and coaches were extremely helpful in getting me where I am today, both pushed me to play my best and to be the best person that I can be.
My least favorite rink to play in is Nichols or Salve Regina rinks, because the locker room usually can not accommodate our teams size.
My favorite rink to play in is my current rink at the University of New England, the Harold Alfond Forum. It has access to food, a gym, courts to run, and also classrooms for team meetings. Our personal locker room is very nice as well so it is nice to have easy access to that being right in the rink.
My favorite pre-game meal would be an Italian sub!
A typical day for me at school would be to get breakfast, go to class, get lunch, do homework, have a snack and then go to the rink to get treatment before practice, practice and then lift after practice, and finally eat dinner.
As hard as it is for me to pick a favorite teammate because of how close all of us are, my favorite teammate on my current team would be one of my line mates, we have good chemistry and always have fun together.
For current PPE players to reach their goals, it is extremely important to remain positive and stay confident in yourself.
My favorite memory while playing for Pens Elite was competing for a National championship in California with my teammates.