Raleigh teen qualifies for an NCAA hockey scholarship

May 5, 2019

A Raleigh teenager is heading up north to play college hockey next year after winning an NCAA ice hockey scholarship.

Shelby Reaugh, 18, will graduate from Cardinal Gibbons High School this month.

“I want the other girls to be able to go and do what they want to do and set goals and know that they can do it,” Reaugh said.

Reaugh, who has been playing ice hockey for less than six years, is in the gym 4 to 5 times a week and said she shoots 100 to 200 ice hockey pucks each day.

“Obviously we don’t have access to everything like [hockey players] do in the North, but we can still do as much as we can off the ice,” said Reaugh, adding that she has “heard it all” when it comes to the reasons she shouldn’t be here.

“Other girl’s teams are like, ‘Oh, they are from North Carolina, they can’t do anything,’” Reaugh said. “And when you go to free ice time you have to get dressed in the closet because there’s no locker room for you. When the boys see you, they are like, ‘What are you doing?’ Or they won’t ask you to play.”

Despite the naysayers, Reaugh persevered. In the fall, she’ll skate for Becker College in Massachusetts, where she plans to study veterinary science. She is hoping that her story will help other young girls with the same dream.

“Hopefully having me as a role model will help them see, ‘Hey she did it,’” Reaugh said. “I definitely can do it. Watch me go do it.”