Ashley Wronzberg played for her fair share of teams throughout her hockey career, but no stint has been as special as her recent opportunity to play for the Ryerson Rams women’s team.
Part of that stems from the fact that Wronzberg, 27, will be re-pursuing her studies as a first-year criminology student at Ryerson.
The other, and perhaps more important factor, is the chance to finally play on a team with her younger sister, Melissa Wronzberg.
“(Melissa’s) playing (at Ryerson) for the last three years has definitely impacted my decision to come here and come back to school,” says Ashley. “Just seeing her energy around the environment, the team, her teammates, just seeing how positive everybody is and how much fun everyone is having.”
After spending the past season as a member of the Senior A Brampton Cougars, with whom she won a divisional championship, Ashley made the decision to pursue her academic goals this year.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” she says. “I’ve been working for the last couple of years and I just wasn’t happy with the direction my career was going. I decided it was time to follow what I’m more passionate about which would be something related to criminal justice.”
At 27, Ashley joins the team as its seventh defenseman, but she’s confident she’ll be able to move up the roster with hard work and consistent contribution — something Melissa knows her sister is more than capable of.
“She’s definitely worked her butt off this summer and I’ve never seen her work so hard for something, so for her to be able to accomplish that goal is great to see,” Melissa said. “It’s inspirational not just for me, but for our teammates as well. It just shows that you can work toward something and make it no matter how old you are or where you are in life.”
After posting an 11-23 overall record last season, Ryerson’s women’s hockey team will be looking for all of its players to make a serious run at the postseason this year, and the addition of someone with as much experience as Ashley can’t be ignored.
“I’d say as an older player, she definitely brings leadership,” Melissa said. “She’s always been a leader on teams she’s played on in the past.”
Ashley said she knows there’s still a lot of work ahead of her, but the fact that her little sister will be right beside her throughout it all makes it that much better.
“It’s really amazing,” Ashley said.“’This is definitely something we’ll look back on and say, ‘Oh my god, we got to do that together,’ which is pretty awesome.”
The Rams’ pre-season kicks off with a Friday night showdown against the Carleton Ravens at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.