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Duluth's Ashley Birdsall Talks Training for National Guard & Pro Hockey

Updated: August 17, 2019 10:30 PM

After signing a contract with Buffalo Beauts of the the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), Duluth native Ashley Birdsall began her transition from training for the Minnesota National Guard to training for professional hockey.

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Birdsall signed her professional contract with the Beauts earlier this week. She played prep hockey in Duluth and college hockey for UW-Superior. She even spent time with the Minnesota Whitecaps in their independent days. Since then, she's become Captain Ashley Birdsall of the Minnesota Army National Guard currently serving her ninth year. 

The 29-year-old expressed that she plans to fully apply her training and leadership skills from the military, on the ice. 

"In the military we have to physical standards. They're very supportive of us being athletes and staying active and fit and still making sure that we're getting our job and duties done in the military," said Birdsall.

She'll head to Buffalo next month to get ready for the season. On the ice, she plays both forward and defense.

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