Sault Ste. Marie Watches Roque’s First Olympic Game

SAULT STE. MARIE — The USA women’s hockey team secured a 5-2 win over Finland in their first preliminary game at the Winter Olympics on Thursday, with Sault Ste. Marie native Abby Roque picking up her first Olympic point on an assist.

Sault Ste. Marie High School students enjoyed watching Roque compete in her first Olympic game.

“I just think it’s really cool for someone from our hometown and it’s a smaller town. I mean, it’s always been known as a hockey town, so I just think it’s really cool for everyone,” Sault Ste. Marie junior Claire Erickson said. “It kind of unites the town to see what people can do. This is really inspiring and kind of motivating to see that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

Roque competed for the University of Wisconsin and was an All-American for the Badgers. Before she competed in the Olympics and in college, she played for the Sault Ste. Marie hockey team. Her former coach always had an idea that she would inspire a lot of people.

“Abby was an impact player her freshman year, you know, and I think she was an All-State Second Team by her senior year and a captain,” former Sault Ste. Marie hockey coach John Ferroni said. “But I think for the girls locally here in our area and probably in northern Michigan that really (saw) her and heard of her and maybe even watched her play was inspiring. Saying, ‘Hey, I can do that too.'”

Roque’s next game with Team USA is at 8:10 a.m. (EST) on Saturday.

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