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Sami Jo Small

Canadian Former Ice Hockey Goalkeeper; Three-Time Olympic Medalist & Four-Time World Championship Medalist

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Sami Jo Small Biography

Sami Jo Small grew up on the outdoor rinks of Winnipeg. Her childhood rink, the Norberry Community Centre in St Vital now bears her name as the Sami Jo Small Hockey facility. She started playing at an early age following in her older brother Luke's footsteps. While he didn't last long in hockey, instead opting to pursue the other family passion of swimming, Small was hooked. Whether is playing street hockey with her friends or suiting up alongside her male teammates, Small's drive was evident every time she stepped on the ice or strapped on a pair of pads.

She played in the boys AA and AAA system for the St Vital Victoria's and Winnipeg Warriors before teams for girls existed. She played her first women's hockey tournament at the age of 14 lining up on defence at the Canada Winter Games in 1991 when women's hockey made it's debut. Women's hockey was just starting to take off after Canada hosted the first women's world championships in 1990, however, Small was also involved in many other sports and school endeavors.

Despite, a plethora to playing many sports, in University Small choose to focus on track and field. She accepted a scholarship to throw discus and javelin at Stanford University. She was on Canada's national junior team for four years traveling the world throwing spears. She was a valuable member of the Stanford track and field team that was competing in the NCAA championships.

While at Stanford she also signed up to play on the Stanford Men's hockey team. A club team at Stanford that competing in the PAC-10. At first her track and field coaches were unaware of her double-duty, however, when the first weekend of the outdoor track and field season coincided with the National (ACHA) where the Cardinal came 3rd. Small fessed up and went on to compete for 4 years in both sports.

Along the way, she also won several NARCH (North American Roller Hockey) championships competing alongside her childhood hero Manon Rhéaume with Team Mission.

When her University career came to a close she opted to move to Toronto to pursue hockey full time.

Small first joined Canada women's national hockey team in the 1997-1998 season serving at the 3rd goalie at the first women's Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano in 1998 where Canada won silver. She went on the become Canada's starting goaltender in 1999. Canada won 3 straight World Championships in '99 (Espoo, Finland), '00 (Mississauga, ON) , '01 (Minnesota, USA) and Small was twice named to the World Championship All-Star team and top goaltender.

Small competed in 2 more Olympic Games in 2002 (Salt Lake City, USA) and 2006 (Torino, Italy) helping Canada win two Olympic Gold medals as well as two more World Championship titles '04 (Halifax) and '07 (Winnipeg).

Small's first women's professional team was the Brampton Thunder in 1999. Playing alongside Olympians, Vicky Sunohara, Lori Dupuis and Janya Hefford, the team played in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). She played two season's with club, before moving to the storied Toronto Aeros Franchise.

The Toronto Aeros were started by Ken Dufton and Colin McKenzie and trained more girls for the National program than any other team. Small played for this franchise from 2002 until her final year in 2018 having played professional hockey for 19 years.

Alongside her Olympic teammates, Jennifer Botterill, Geraldine Heaney, Cheryl Pounder and Becky Kellar, she helped the Toronto Aeros win two National and League Championships in 2003 and 2004. The team was sold to Mississauga, but the pursuit of excellence remained. Another Olympian, Cherie Piper joined the team to help win the National Championship in 2008 in the final year of that trophy being awarded. In 2010 the team changed it's name to the Toronto Furies and the league held it's first ever draft, however, Small and Jennifer Botterill remained with the franchise. Small has played along side many other top players who have worn the Furies jersey including Tessa Bonhomme, Jennifer Wakefield, Rebecca Johnston, Renata Fast and Natalie Spooner.

The team won the ultimate championship in 2014, the Clarkson Cup

In 2007, after the demise of the NWHL, Small, along with other players, helped start the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She served as the league's first vice chairman and chair of the Sponsorship committee. She sat on the board for five years helping to raise millions of dollars so women's could play elite hockey in North America.

After nearly 20 years of playing in the league, Small accepted the position as General Manger of the Toronto Furies for the 2018-2019 season. Despite only one year in the role she helped grow the Toronto franchise in the community and helping to make it one of the top programs for aspiring Olympians in North America.

Small has been speaking professionally since she started with the National Team in 1997. When many of her teammates shied away from the microphone, Sami Jo was quick to share stories about the team. She has honed her message about teamwork after more than 20 years in the industry using stories from one of Canada's most successful teams, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team. A team then won 4 straight Olympic Gold medals over 20 years. She delves into the personalities on the team and her thoughts on what makes strong teammates and ultimately success as a team. With her learnings she has shown audiences all over the world that, "In life, you don't always get to choose the role you play, but you always get to choose how you play it."

n 2011 Small married PEI native, Billy Bridges in a ceremony in Mississauga. Billy is an incredibly accomplished athlete in his own right, having been to 5 Paralympic games. He is the all time leader in points in all of sledge hockey and still pursues the sport at the highest level. They have a daughter Kensi who likes to dance.

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Sami Jo Small Biography

Sami Jo Small grew up on the outdoor rinks of Winnipeg. Her childhood rink, the Norberry Community Centre in St Vital now bears her name as the Sami Jo Small Hockey facility. She started playing at an early age following in her older brother Luke's footsteps. While he didn't last long in hockey, instead opting to pursue the other family passion of swimming, Small was hooked. Whether is playing street hockey with her friends or suiting up alongside her male teammates, Small's drive was evident every time she stepped on the ice or strapped on a pair of pads.

She played in the boys AA and AAA system for the St Vital Victoria's and Winnipeg Warriors before teams for girls existed. She played her first women's hockey tournament at the age of 14 lining up on defence at the Canada Winter Games in 1991 when women's hockey made it's debut. Women's hockey was just starting to take off after Canada hosted the first women's world championships in 1990, however, Small was also involved in many other sports and school endeavors.

Despite, a plethora to playing many sports, in University Small choose to focus on track and field. She accepted a scholarship to throw discus and javelin at Stanford University. She was on Canada's national junior team for four years traveling the world throwing spears. She was a valuable member of the Stanford track and field team that was competing in the NCAA championships.

While at Stanford she also signed up to play on the Stanford Men's hockey team. A club team at Stanford that competing in the PAC-10. At first her track and field coaches were unaware of her double-duty, however, when the first weekend of the outdoor track and field season coincided with the National (ACHA) where the Cardinal came 3rd. Small fessed up and went on to compete for 4 years in both sports.

Along the way, she also won several NARCH (North American Roller Hockey) championships competing alongside her childhood hero Manon Rhéaume with Team Mission.

When her University career came to a close she opted to move to Toronto to pursue hockey full time.

Small first joined Canada women's national hockey team in the 1997-1998 season serving at the 3rd goalie at the first women's Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano in 1998 where Canada won silver. She went on the become Canada's starting goaltender in 1999. Canada won 3 straight World Championships in '99 (Espoo, Finland), '00 (Mississauga, ON) , '01 (Minnesota, USA) and Small was twice named to the World Championship All-Star team and top goaltender.

Small competed in 2 more Olympic Games in 2002 (Salt Lake City, USA) and 2006 (Torino, Italy) helping Canada win two Olympic Gold medals as well as two more World Championship titles '04 (Halifax) and '07 (Winnipeg).

Small's first women's professional team was the Brampton Thunder in 1999. Playing alongside Olympians, Vicky Sunohara, Lori Dupuis and Janya Hefford, the team played in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). She played two season's with club, before moving to the storied Toronto Aeros Franchise.

The Toronto Aeros were started by Ken Dufton and Colin McKenzie and trained more girls for the National program than any other team. Small played for this franchise from 2002 until her final year in 2018 having played professional hockey for 19 years.

Alongside her Olympic teammates, Jennifer Botterill, Geraldine Heaney, Cheryl Pounder and Becky Kellar, she helped the Toronto Aeros win two National and League Championships in 2003 and 2004. The team was sold to Mississauga, but the pursuit of excellence remained. Another Olympian, Cherie Piper joined the team to help win the National Championship in 2008 in the final year of that trophy being awarded. In 2010 the team changed it's name to the Toronto Furies and the league held it's first ever draft, however, Small and Jennifer Botterill remained with the franchise. Small has played along side many other top players who have worn the Furies jersey including Tessa Bonhomme, Jennifer Wakefield, Rebecca Johnston, Renata Fast and Natalie Spooner.

The team won the ultimate championship in 2014, the Clarkson Cup

In 2007, after the demise of the NWHL, Small, along with other players, helped start the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She served as the league's first vice chairman and chair of the Sponsorship committee. She sat on the board for five years helping to raise millions of dollars so women's could play elite hockey in North America.

After nearly 20 years of playing in the league, Small accepted the position as General Manger of the Toronto Furies for the 2018-2019 season. Despite only one year in the role she helped grow the Toronto franchise in the community and helping to make it one of the top programs for aspiring Olympians in North America.

Small has been speaking professionally since she started with the National Team in 1997. When many of her teammates shied away from the microphone, Sami Jo was quick to share stories about the team. She has honed her message about teamwork after more than 20 years in the industry using stories from one of Canada's most successful teams, the Canadian Women's Hockey Team. A team then won 4 straight Olympic Gold medals over 20 years. She delves into the personalities on the team and her thoughts on what makes strong teammates and ultimately success as a team. With her learnings she has shown audiences all over the world that, "In life, you don't always get to choose the role you play, but you always get to choose how you play it."

n 2011 Small married PEI native, Billy Bridges in a ceremony in Mississauga. Billy is an incredibly accomplished athlete in his own right, having been to 5 Paralympic games. He is the all time leader in points in all of sledge hockey and still pursues the sport at the highest level. They have a daughter Kensi who likes to dance.

Sami Jo Small Videos

  • Sami Jo Small shares stories about Canada’s National Women’s...
  • Sami Jo Small On Her New Book & The Future Of Women's Hockey
  • The Role You Play, An interview with Sami Jo Small - YouTube

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  • How to book Sami Jo Small?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sami Jo Small for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sami Jo Small, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sami Jo Small or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sami Jo Small?

    Booking fees for Sami Jo Small, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sami Jo Small, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sami Jo Small?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sami Jo Small for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sami Jo Small for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sami Jo Small or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sami Jo Small or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sami Jo Small is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sami Jo Small for your event is available upon request. Sami Jo Small generally travels from TorontoCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daniel Fagbuyi, Latasha Gillespie, Chris Herd, Edward Sullivan and Marcos Aguiar. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sami Jo Small for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sami Jo Small Speaker Videos

  • Sami Jo Small shares stories about Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team
    Sami Jo Small On Her New Book & The Future Of Women's Hockey
  • The Role You Play, An interview with Sami Jo Small - YouTube
    Sami Jo Small, Olympian, Professional Speaker - YouTube

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