In goalie gear: Matthew Bailey.
Seated (left to right): Stephanie Gill, Ryan Deighan, Kristyn Capizzano, Jade Viegas, Sarah D’Atri.
Standing (left to right): Samir Buttar, John Lutz, Austin Vandenbrink, Brayden Kozak, Matthew Hoang, John Thai
During three stellar seasons on the women’s hockey team at Boston College, Kristyn Capizzano established herself as one of the premier players in her sport. In 2017, she was the first-round draft pick of the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women's Hockey League.
While honored by the opportunity to fulfill her dream of playing professional hockey, Capizzano opted to pursue her other career ambition: working in health care to help others.
Chiropractic care was key during her hockey career, and with an uncle who’s a practicing D.C. Capizzano was inspired to leave Canada for California and Palmer's West campus. As she completes her first year as a Palmer student, the Oakville, Ont., Canada native continues to score goals on the ice as a member of the Palmer West hockey team. Capizzano was one of five female players – an example of the growing number of women entering the chiropractic profession.
"The profession is continuing to attract more and more women, which creates plenty of diversity and positive change," says Capizzano. "The biggest highlight of my first year at Palmer West has been meeting so many amazing people who are striving to achieve the same goal: becoming the best doctors we can to help our future patients."
With the puck ready to drop for the 2018-19 season, Capizzano hopes to match her performance of a year ago, when she finished as the team's second leading-scorer with 37 points (on 16 goals and 21 assists) – the most scored by a female player in the team's 25-year history.