Hannah Hogenson uses tenacity to propel herself onto national team

Anchorage (KTUU) — Once Hannah Hogenson sets her mind to something, she accomplishes it. It's been this way since she was little.

"She sets the goals and she seems to do what she needs to do to get there," her father, J.C. Hogenson, said with a chuckle.

One of her goals was to represent her country playing hockey, and at 17, Hannah has the chance to do that starting this week after being named to the U18 U.S. National women's hockey team.

The only hockey player on either side of her family, Hannah started playing boys hockey when she was young, and she's never looked back.

"I don't really look at it as I'm a girl playing boys hockey, I look at it as, they're on the same level that I compete at," Hannah says with a smile.

In her freshman year, she won the starting goalie job on South's varsity boys squad, the same role she has now in her junior year.

"I compete with them. It's not, 'oh I'm so much better than all these boys,'" Hannah said. "These are my competitors and I should be working to be just as good and better than all of them."

The boys of South hockey are happy to have her in net.

"She's like, incredible. She makes those saves that we need to get the team going," South senior Ryan Bailey said. "Great personality."

All of her teammates agree — it's a good feeling knowing Hannah is holding down the net.

"She'll always back you up, back there," freshman Colten Gerken said. "You can rely on her a lot and you feel safe when she's in net, definitely."

For Hannah, she knew the hard work would pay off eventually, but she's thankful every day she gets to do what she loves.

"Every day, it feels like it's paying off. This is just an extremely huge honor, and I'm just so happy that I'm going to get to represent my hometown and my country," she said with a grin.

The U.S. National team begins World Junior Championships tournament play on Jan. 6 in Obhiro, Japan.