ST. LOUIS – With a smile on her face, 15-year-old Makenna Webster will tell you the thing that makes her the happiest in life is being on the ice.
“I’ve always wanted to play hockey and go far in it," said Webster.
It’s a dream that is coming to fruition sooner rather than later. In December Webster was named to the US under-18 Women’s National Hockey Team. She was just one of three 15-year-old’s in the country to get an invite.
“When my name was on the roster I’ve never been more excited," she added.
The “age is just a number” saying couldn't apply more to Webster. Despite being the youngest player on the roster, she was Team USA’s leading scorer in the World Championships which took place in Russia in January. Netting two game-winners, to help the U.S. take the gold.
“It’s crazy to think about but my teammates were so supportive and they were just amazing. Without them, it wouldn’t have happened.”
Webster was also named one of the top three U.S. Players of the tournament, so she wears those three letters across her chest with a lot of pride.
“Every time I step on the ice I go and work as hard as I can. Being with my teammates and having fun.”
Webster’s success on the ice at the World Championships led her to the ice at the Scottrade Center. Earlier this month she had the opportunity to drop the puck before the Blues hosted the Wild to celebrate ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ night and growing up as a Blues fan, yet again another one of her dreams came to fruition.
“It’s just an unbelievable experience. I never thought that this would be able to happen. Watching Jincy Dunne do it when I was little," she said. Smiling again.
Hockey is Webster’s whole life. The forward from St. Louis embodies the mantra and truly believes that hockey is for everyone.
“Without it, I wouldn’t be here today and meeting all of these people. Being able to play with and against the best players in the world it’s just unbelievable.”
Webster has committed to play hockey at the University of Wisconsin and was watching the gold medal game between Team USA and Canada during the Olympics. She hopes to be doing the same exact thing in four years.