Alaska Native/Indigenous People

Amber Steinhilpert – Athabascan Hockey Player

Amber Steinhilpert holds medals for first place in the Pacific District Championships in March and second place at Nationals in the Tier II U16 Girls Hockey Championships in April. Photo by Ada Chapman
Amber Steinhilpert holds medals for first place in the Pacific District Championships in March and second place at Nationals in the Tier II U16 Girls Hockey Championships in April. Photo by Ada Chapman

Amber Steinhilpert is Athabascan and a freshman in high school. She has been playing hockey for the past five seasons. She is the daughter of Charles Steinhilpert, Jr. and Ada Chapman. Currently, Amber plays for a comp team, the Tier II U16 Alaska Allstars. Her usual position is left-wing but she can also play center or defense positions. Earlier in the season, I watched her play and spoke with her.

Amber and her team took second place at Nationals in the Tier II U16 Girls Hockey Championships in April 2016. They lost 2-1 after a goal was waived off, but it was a hard-fought battle. Still, second place in the nation is quite an accomplishment. Before a team can continue to Nationals, the hockey players had to win Districts. Amber and her team won first place as they dominated the Pacific District Championships in Anchorage in March 2016.

Attending Nationals (aka Natty’s) provided an opportunity for college scouts to watch the best talent in the Nation. Amber enjoyed this experience, playing with and against advanced and top notch hockey players. Another parent shared with Ada, “It’s rare for a hockey player to attend Nationals her fifth season!” Go Amber!
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