Sports Spotlight: Britta Curl

BISMARCK, N.D. - In 2013, Britta Curl was just an eighth grader playing for the Bismarck Blizzard, and was the fourth leading goal scorer in the state. In the years to follow, the points would continue to pile up. As a junior she led North Dakota with 41 goals.

"She's really something special just to have this kind of talented player on our team, and know that they only come around once in a blue moon,” said senior Amanda Baerlocher.

Blizzard Senior Morgan Paul adds, "when you’re definitely against her, you have to work your hardest, and you have to keep up with her speed. So I feel like playing with her makes you a better player, and you have to step up."

Britta was introduced to hockey when she was very young. While her father got her into playing, her siblings would join her on their backyard rink.

"Growing up with hockey, I just kind of fell in love with it. I loved playing with the boys and getting rough and physical. I grew up playing boys hockey until eighth grade, but I've always played soccer and ran track, but hockey has always been my love. I don't know why, I just love it, and I guess just playing with the boys and getting in the backyard," said Curl.

Since then, she has been playing for the Bismarck Blizzard. However, she also had the opportunity to play with some of the best in the nation. Curl earned a spot on the 2017 US Women's Under-18 Select Team, and played in Lake Placid, NY against some of the top talent from Canada.

"That was just awesome to be able to compete with some of the best girls in the country, and kind of see where I stack up against them. It was a really cool experience, and it was an honor to be able to be selected for that," said Curl.

This is her final year with the Blizzard, but Curl already knew her college future when she was a sophomore. She committed to Wisconsin, and in November she signed her letter of intent to the Badgers, who are now the number one ranked team in the nation.

"I just had this gut feeling when I visited there. I knew the coaching staff was one of the best in the country and they've had a successful program, and I just felt at home when I was there, and I knew that's where I wanted to be," said Curl.

Right now, Curl is focused on trying to be a state champion once more. She also says her dream has always been to represent the United Stated in the Olympics.

Curl and the Blizzard are back on the ice Friday when they host West Fargo.