Professional Hockey Player – Canadian Women’s Hockey League and Team U.S.A.

What Have I Been Up To?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What Have I Been Up To?

Hey Everyone! I have been one busy girl that is for sure. It has been almost exactly two months since I have last posted, and that is because I wanted to have a lot to share with you guys about my progress. For the last two months I have been continuing to go to physical therapy two times per week. It has been very hard work, but I know it is making my knee better.

The last time I was on here I was still wearing my knee brace all the time. I no longer have to wear it, and I have been knee brace-free for just under two months. I am still riding the stationary bike like crazy, but I have also been doing the elliptical for cardio too. My main focus right now is to strengthen my quad, butt, and hamstring muscles. My therapy sessions now consist of many exercises including leg press, 1-leg squats, rear-foot elevated split squats, hamstring curls, straight leg dead lifts, step-ups (forward, backward, and sideways), stability work on a bosu-ball, lateral jumps, and several other things too. Stretching is another important thing I must do on a daily basis. Within the next month I will hopefully be advancing to plyometric jumps. My doctor says I am doing extremely well, so I guess I will start working a little harder to see if I can look even better. Before I know it I will be getting back on the ice again!

IMG_3216my progress since February

Speaking of ice….I went to the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario for the semi-final and gold medal games. I watched my teammates win a gold medal in front of a Canadian-filled crowd at the ScotiaBank Place, where the Senators play. I was so happy for them, and I am glad I was able to make the drive up and see it live. I would have much rather been on the ice with them, but it was still amazing.

While I have been away..I was able to visit home in Ohio!!! I had a blast with my friends and family, especially my four-year-old nephew, Shane. I had the pleasure of watching him play hockey, and it was so fun seeing him out there smiling! And I finallllllllllly got my tattoo that I have been meaning to get since the 2010 Olympics. My friend from high school is a tattoo artist so he drew a sick design and did my tattoo last month. I will post a pic for you guys..I want to know what you all think of it!!

my tat my tattoo

IMG_3114 me and my nephew Shaney

 

One other thing that excites me…Spring/Summer is just around the corner woohoo!!!! Can’t wait for warm weather!!!

Until next time….Go TRIBE!

 

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After Nemo!

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

After Nemo!

Hey Everyone!!

This past weekend left me with not much to do. The snow storm in New England dropped 25inches of snow in Boston and Westfield, which is where I spend my weekends. Instead of playing outside in the snow, sledding and shoveling, I had to stay in the house. My physical therapist gave me clear directions not to even think about picking up a shovel or going outside in the wintery conditions. I was able to sneak outside for a little bit and take a few pictures! My weekend ended up being super relaxing, and I learned how to play the card game Cribbage. I love it!

 

Thursday February 14th marks a very special holiday, Valentine’s Day, but it also marks a huge milestone in my recovery process, 6 weeks out from surgery. At the 6 week mark, I am allowed to stop using my brace 24/7. I saw my doctor this past Friday and he said that my knee looks amazing. He was very happy and excited about all of the progress I have made so far. Since it’s winter and there is plenty of snow and ice on the ground, I plan on using my brace whenever I go outside. I will now be able to go in the weight room, like an uninjured athlete, without using my brace.

 

I saw my PT (physical therapist) on Monday and he upped my biking regimen to 30minutes/5x per week!!!! This means I will be spending a lot of time on the bike to strengthen my quad muscle. I also started doing the leg press machine and step ups! I feel so much stronger already and I am excited for my next therapy session tomorrow. I am now going two times per week instead of 3, but I also go to the gym 4 or 5 times per week too, so I am very busy getting my body stronger!

 

Tonight is the women’s Beanpot Championship at Northeastern University. My alma mater, Boston College, will be playing and I will be in the stands cheering on some of my friends and former teammates! GO EAGLES!

 

Until next time….

 

Oh one other thing…How about those Cleveland Indians..making major moves this offseason in free agency. A huge signing of Michael Bourn to complete the outfield. I am definitely excited to see what the Tribe do this baseball season!

me and Meghan Duggan after a good workout at Mike Boyle's gym.

me and Meghan Duggan after a good workout at Mike Boyle’s gym.

After Nemo Snow Storm.
After Nemo Snow Storm.

Bruce was exhausted after playing in the snow.

Bruce was exhausted after playing in the snow.

Bruce and I relaxing after the snow storm.

Bruce and I relaxing after the snow storm.

 

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Who Am I?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who Am I?

Hello everyone! My name is Kelli Stack. I am originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Not a hockey hot-bed, but somehow I managed to start playing at the age of 4. Probably because of my older brother Kevin. I was quite the tom-boy and wanted to be just like him! Twenty-One years later and I am still playing! I played at Boston College and graduated in 2011. I had an amazing career: 3 Beanpot Championships, 1 Hockey East Tournament Championship, 2 Frozen Four appearances; numerous individual awards including Rookie of the Year, 3x Player of the Year, and a Top 3 Patty Kazmaier (goes to the best player in college hockey). I couldn’t have asked for a better college career.

I currently play for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and have been a member of the United States Women’s National Team since 2008. I am a 3x World Champion (2008, 2009, 2011), a 2010 Olympic Silver medallist (Vancouver), was most recently was named Best Forward at the 2012 World Championships in Burlington, Vermont, and won the very prestigious USA Hockey Bob Allen Award (2012), which goes to the best women’s player. I have had a very special career so far, but there is one more thing I want to accomplish, winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Hopefully I will be able make this dream come true in Sochi 2014.

I recently suffered the very first injury of my career. I tore my ACL in my knee in the beginning of December. I had surgery to repair it exactly 5 weeks ago today! I am slowly on the road to recovery. Instead of traveling with my team, I spend all of my time working out and doing physical therapy to strengthen my injured left knee.

I want all of you to follow along with me in my journey back to playing the sport I love so much. I will post on here a couple times a week with updates on all of my progress. So please follow my journey through my blog..asking questions along the way! I am a HUGE sports fan..so don’t hesitate to RANT on my blog about your favorite things in sports!!!

A girl has got to eat…a lot. Time to cook dinner! I will leave you with a couple pictures of my knee post-surgery…enjoy!

p.s. I am an animal lover..especially dogs, as you can see my yellow lab, Bruce pictured below! 🙂

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Hello world!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hello world!

Welcome to Sportsrantz. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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