Meet Madison Packer! | Stamford Moms

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
Waylon 3 and Harlan 16 months

What do you love about living in Stamford?
I love that there is so much to do downtown but that you can escape to North Stamford and find quiet. There are always activities for the kids and lots of great parks to enjoy.

What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Stamford?
Zaza is my favorite local spot!

Tell us about your hockey career.
I have played professional hockey in the tri-state area for 9 years. Prior to playing professionally I played 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been playing hockey for almost 30 years!

What do you love most about playing?
I love competing as part of a team and that aspect of the game. I love being out on the ice and at the rink and love that it is something I am now able to share with my kids.

Tell us about the PWHL NY team and where we can see the games this season.
The PWHL NY team is the NY franchise in the Professional Women’s Hockey League. We practice out of Chelsea Piers in Stamford and play games split between UBS Arena on Long Island and Total Mortgage arena in Bridgeport.

How do you hope to inspire young girls interested in playing sports?
Visibility and accessibility are huge. For the first time in the history of the sport, girls can turn on the TV and see the best athletes in the world competing against one another in the same league and collecting a paycheck for it. Little girls are able to see what they aspire to be and they don’t have to imagine role models who look like them because they are able to watch them every night.

How do you juggle work and mommyhood?
My wife is a next level superwoman. I have an incredible support system in my wife and kids and we are on this journey together. My daughter is a little young still, but my son is super into it. He comes to all the games, cheers for the team, tags along to team events, etc. The team embraces him and provides us a lot of support. I spend a lot of time on Facetime on the road, and every second I can with the kids when I am home. Lots of times it’s recovery sessions and workouts with tiny helpers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from another mom?
Be kind and patient with yourself.

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