Feb. 16, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – UWBadgers.com caught up with senior defenseman Anne Dronen (Chaska, Minn.) in this week’s segment of “Badger Breakaway,” where the UW women’s hockey players share some of their favorites on and off the ice.
No. 1 Wisconsin (28-2-2, 22-2-2-2 WCHA) travels to Mankato, Minn., for its final regular season series this weekend. The Badgers face off against Minnesota State (8-21-3, 7-18-1-0 WCHA) Friday at 7 p.m. and conclude the series Saturday at 3 p.m.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite arena to play in away from home and why?
Dronen: My favorite arena to play in is definitely Ridder Arena at Minnesota because it’s about 30 minutes from my house, and most of my family can usually make it there.
UWBadgers.com: What’s one thing you bring with on every road trip?
Dronen: My own blow dryer and hair straightener. I bring my i-Pod and headphones, too. A winter jacket because you never know what the weather’s going to be like, especially in Bemidji or North Dakota.
UWBadgers.com: What’s your favorite piece of hockey equipment?
Dronen: Definitely my skates. I couldn’t play the sport without them. It sets us apart from other athletes, too. Not only do you have to learn how to skate, but then you have to learn how to manage a puck and all that jazz.
UWBadgers.com: Who is the toughest competitor on the team?
Dronen: I think there is a three-way tie between Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Brianna Decker as forwards, especially since I’m a defenseman and I always go up against them.
UWBadgers.com: What is the one thing you love most about the Kohl Center?
Dronen: The atmosphere with the jumbotron and the fans obviously. I love the facility. It’s a great facility to play in. Teams that come to play us in there get scared because it’s completely Badger-ized everywhere.
UWBadgers.com: If you could play any other sport, what would it be?
Dronen: Definitely lacrosse. I played it in high school, and I was the leading scorer on offense. It was fun to play that part of the game, to play offense rather than defense.
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite memory off the ice with the team?
Dronen: After winning the national championship my sophomore year out in Boston, we went to a restaurant called Game On. That was a blast!
UWBadgers.com: What is your favorite pregame meal?
Dronen: My favorite pregame meal is breakfast with omelets, waffles, berries and orange juice.