Brooklyn Kallander has moved long distances in her life.
After growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, she moved with her family to Gilbert, Ariz., a few years ago.
She’s now in her second and final season in the Boston Shamrocks girls hockey organization, playing with the U19 team after a season with the U16 team.
Kallander wants her next move to be college hockey. The 17-year-old high school senior would like to make a decision on the next stop in her hockey and life journeys before the end of the season.
“I’ll admit I was a little homesick when I first joined the Shamrocks,” Kallander said. “But I got over that quickly. Your teammates here are like your family.”
Kallander has made a quick impact on the Shamrocks U19 team despite missing a late September showcase at Harvard University because of a concussion she suffered in her team’s last practice before the showcase.
The 5-foot-6 winger is playing on the team’s top line and top power-play unit, and has been a pleasant surprise for Coach Andrea St. Onge.
“Brooklyn has really stepped up. More than we thought she would,” St. Onge said.
“I didn’t expect to be on the first line,” Kallander said. “When Coach St. Onge first told me about it, I said, ‘Oh, OK, that’s cool.”
St. Onge said one of Kallander’s top attributes is her penchant for creating havoc in the front of the net.
“Brooklyn is a strong, physical player,” the coach said. “She also has a high hockey IQ and she’s very coachable. When I show her something during practice, she’s always shaking her head yes.
“And she’s always asking how she can get better. Having a player who is that coachable and driven to improve makes my job a lot easier.”
Kallander said she likes spending time in front of the net, but she’ll do whatever she can to help her team now that she’s up to speed on U19 hockey.
“I had to get used to the pace of play at U19. It’s much faster than U16,” she said. “But I think I’ve adjusted to that now.”
In addition to finding a place to play college hockey, Kallander said she also wants to “win a lot” this season and have fun with her Shamrocks teammates.