Brianna Decker is one of the premier American women’s hockey players right now, serving as an alternate captain for Team USA, but even her impressive on-ice skills aren’t very helpful during the tough times of an ongoing pandemic.
Thankfully, the forward has her dog Missy to help when things are hard mentally, which makes perfect sense to us as Missy is part of the hockey dogs community.
“She really helped me get through it,” Decker told People Magazine. “I wasn’t living at home and I bought her. I got her in May and then we had all summer, so she was great to be around and have.”
Missy was adopted in May 2020 while Decker was playing in Calgary for the the PWPHA (Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association), and all the non-training time in the day was spent hanging out with the new dog.
Brianna Decker says her dog Missy has helped her get through the pandemic.
Missy even has her own Instagram account now, she can be followed at the handle @MissyDeeDog.
Brianna Decker grew up in Dousman, Wisconsin, a town of around 2,300 in the southeastern corner of the state.
She played college hockey for the Wisconsin Badgers, and then her pro career has seen her as a member of the Boston Blades and Calgary Inferno of the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League), the Boston Pride of the NWHL/PHF (National Women’s Hockey League/Premier Hockey Federation), and the New Hampshire and Calgary teams of the PWPHA.
She was a a part of the silver medal-winning 2014 Winter Olympics Team USA squad in Sochi and the gold medal-winning team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and has won six world championships, coming runner-up in two others.
The 2022 Winter Olympics begin in Beijing on Thursday, February 3 on the NBC family of TV networks in the United States, and CBC networks in Canada.