Introducing…Manuela Anwander

Profiling players from WW U18 Championship

Seven Bridges Ice Arena Woodridge Illinois United States

Germany's Manuela Anwander is ready to play for the medals. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/HHOF-IIHF Images)

Manuela Anwander, Germany’s captain, was the hero two days ago, scoring the winning goal in overtime against Finland to move her team into the semi-finals. In fact, she has scored three of the team’s nine goals at this year’s WW U18. How old were you when you first put on skates?
I was seven years old, very late.

Who is your hockey hero?
I don’t have a hockey hero, really.

Why do you wear number 21?
They gave it to me, and I played with it. There is no reason.

Do you have any superstitions?
I always listen to music before a game and I dress left to right.

Who is your best friend on the team?
I don’t have one “best” friend—they are all my friends.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have one sister, but she doesn’t play any sports.

What’s on your iPod?
Hockey music, rock, pop, that sort of thing.

Facebook or SMS?
Facebook and phone calls.

If you could learn a new language, what would it be?
English or French.

What country would you most like to visit?
Canada and Sweden—I like them very much.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I would say Hayley Wickenheiser.

What’s the best thing about this tournament?
Doing fun things with the team, staying in the hotel, just being with my teammates. We lost to Canada 15-0 but after the game we had fun. It’s a great atmosphere.

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