German Olympic team picks UPEI hockey player

Anja Weisser, who has spent the last four years playing for the University of Prince Edward Island women's hockey team, is heading to the Olympics to represent her home country of Germany.

Olympian proud to represent her country and UPEI

Anja Weisser, who plays defence for UPEI women's hockey, will represent Germany in Sochi. 2:58

Anja Weisser, who has spent the last four years playing for the University of Prince Edward Island women's hockey team, is heading to the Olympics to represent her home country of Germany.

Weisser gives UPEI a lot of the credit for her trip to Sochi.

"It's very exciting. And I'm very honoured to represent my university and my country," the defenceman told CBC News.

"[UPEI has] a really great team. All four years. I really like the team, the team is really an important part in playing hockey. Like, I wouldn't have developed as much if the team wasn't that good."

Weisser helped UPEI win its first Atlantic championship in women's hockey in 2012.

Weisser worked hard to become an Olympian, says UPEI women's hockey coach Bruce Donaldson. (CBC)

UPEI coach Bruce Donaldson said Weisser has worked hard to earn this chance to represent her country.

"This is her graduation year, so it's kind of mixed emotions," said Donaldson.

"We hate to see her go, in terms of we lose her for a month. But at the end of the day she's going to the Olympics, so it's a very, very great honour for her."

Weisser's teammates are proud to have an Olympian amongst them.

"They were pretty excited," she said.

"They had a surprise party for me the Friday that came after."

The university will have a special send off for Weisser before she joins her other teammates in Sochi. After her Olympic experience, she'll be back in Charlottetown to finish her business administration degree.

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