Megan Bozek was born in Buffalo Grove in 1991; the youngest child and only daughter to Patti and Tom Bozek. She completed a family of 5 with two older brothers, Dan and Stephen.
Megan first ice skated at 21 months during public skate at the Glenview Ice Center (GIC). This quickly became a weekly family habit. Every time her older brothers would have hockey practice or go skating, Megan begged to go with. She became a regular participant in the roller hockey games in their basement. During the summer, if she was not playing baseball or soccer, she had her roller blades on.
At age 4, she began hockey lessons at the GIC with Myles Gottainer and Sylvain Turcotte. By age 5, she played on her first team as a house Dynamite. At age 6 she started her travel hockey career (as a goalie!). She continued to play for the Glenview Stars through her first Squirt year before moving on to play AAA with the Team Illinois boys’ team. Age 13 saw Megan make the switch to girls’ hockey with Team Illinois and eventually the Chicago Mission programs, both coached by Tony Cachey. Her love of the game also had her double-rostered and playing 3 years of Girls High School hockey for Glenbrook.
Recruited by every Division I program in the country, Megan choose the University of Minnesota and Coach Brad Frost. During Megan’s 4 years there, she was a 2-time first team All-American, set many defenseman scoring records, was a Patty Kazmaier award (women’s Hobey Baker) finalist, was a Hockey Humanitarian award finalist, and won 2 National Championships. During her senior year (2012-13) she captained the Gophers to the only undefeated season (41-0) in the history of NCAA hockey and the National Championship.
Blessed with great development and coaching, fantastic hands, a knack for scoring, and a powerful slap shot of 88mph, USA Hockey first took notice of Megan as a 12 year-old playing with her boys’ team in the Pee Wee Tourney in Quebec. She attended 4 years of U.S. National Development Camps, numerous festivals, and has been a member of Team USA since 2009. With Team USA, Megan has been a part of 3 gold-medal and 1 silver-medal World Championships and 1 silver-medal Olympic team (Sochi 2014).
In addition to her ongoing participation with Team USA, she currently plays professionally for the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL and lives in Burlington, Ontario with Andrew and her beloved chocolate lab, Boone.
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