The Story of Kelli Stack
UNRL ATHLETE // USA HOCKEY PLAYER
Following the footsteps of her mother and her older brother, Kelli Stack spent countless hours on roller skates and inside hockey rinks in the first few years of her life. At age 4, Kelli tried on hockey skates for the first time and since then she hasn’t looked back. She played on both the boys and girls hockey teams throughout youth hockey. In high school Stack made the decision to stay out of boys hockey and only play with her gender. The only problem was that her high school did not have a girls hockey team. Instead, she had to commute every day in order to play the game she loved. Being out of town every weekend throughout high school wasn't easy for Kelli. During her senior year, she joined a team that was located two and a half hours away from her home in Ohio. Often times she would make the trek just for practice on a weeknight, then get up and go to school the next day. Additionally, Stack played varsity softball and volleyball while at Cuyahoga Heights High School. Throughout her entire life Kelli has been fully invested into becoming a better athlete, and her dedication paid off.
In 2006, Stack began her career at Boston College where she would go on to play in 140 games, recording 96 goals and 209 points over four seasons. Kelli is Boston College's all-time scoring leader. Through her excellence on the ice Kelli earned the right to put on the Team USA sweater at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she helped the Americans earn the Silver medal. Four years later, Stack was expected to be on the roster again, but a torn ACL injury just eight months before the Sochi games would keep her name off the roster. Well, that's what everyone thought at least. After working hard to get back in shape and following a surgery at the end of 2013, Stack completed her miraculous recovery just in time for the opening ceremonies. Again, Stack was an essential piece to the team in 2014 capturing another Silver medal. Kelli also helped the U.S. women’s national team bring home the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Women’s Championships in Sweden.
Kelli Stack’s commitment to the game of hockey and improving herself each and every day is what makes her an UNRL Athlete.