In the film Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) talks to Doctor Archibald “Moonlight” Graham (Burt Lancaster) concerning the fact that he only got a chance to play one day in the Major Leagues.And that he did not get a chance to bat, which was his dream. Ray thinks that it would be considered a tragedy by most people. Doc responds, “ No son, if I had only been able to be a doctor for one day, now that would have been a tragedy.” And so it is with all athletes, the halcyon days are a relatively short period of their days, even for most professionals. And when they retire, it is not time to collect a Social Security check. When our NWHL players in particular, hang up their skates, it is to get into a a different game full time. The game of the rest of their lives.
And so it is at this point for our former #43, our hard charging forward Meghan “ Huey” Huertas (more on Huey’s career in her first interview here on the website) .As you may recall, Huey’s final season was cut short by injury in NWHL year three. And as happens in a contact sport like hockey, these things often are not isolated instances, and she had had some previous medical issues. Meghan explained “During the offseason I had surgery to repair an injury from my senior year of college. In my last season with the Whale I had a season ending injury. That took me about 6+ months to fully recover. I have not played in a hockey game since then.” More often as not, it is that one play, or accumulation of impacts, that ends careers, rather than a gradual diminish meant of talent. The heart says “I’m ready” but the body says you’re not.
In terms of her physical conditioning however, Meghan is still more fit than most. We asked her about this and she told us “ I enjoy working out, so I workout regularly. I use my past hockey workout programs. But I am not doing anything hockey related currently.” She added “After I was cleared by my doctor I started kiteboarding” For those unfamiliar, kiteboarding is the sport of riding on a small surfboard that is propelled across the water by a large kite to which the kiteboarder is tethered to with a harness. In terms of athleticism, it is part surfing wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, paragliding, and skateboarding, and is considered an extreme sport.
As to what is going on in her off ice career, Huey told us “I currently do not have a job and am a full time student. After I received my bachelors from UMD, I began taking pre-med courses. I have completed all of my pre-med courses and am currently studying for the MCAT.(Medical College Admission Test}” explaining “I want to be a doctor.”
And as the fans of Cetacean Nation know, Huey is an angler. We have posted a few of her impressive catches on our social media, in addition to the one included with this interview below. We asked if she could tell us how she got started in her fishing career, and what type of fishing she enjoys. She explained “My dad used to take me fishing all the time as a kid. It’s something I have always enjoyed.My favorite type of fishing is “runnin-and-gunnin” for dolphin (before i get yelled at - not flipper the dolphin). Basically you cover lots of ground offshore searching for working birds, weedlines, and floating debris. Once you spot one of the above, you stop the boat and start fishing.I also enjoy diving for lobster. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if you come home empty handed or not, just being out there is the best part.”