Anissa Gamble

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Anissa Gamble
Born (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 28)
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
PWHPA team GTA West
Played for Toronto Furies
Calgary Inferno
Robert Morris University
Playing career 2017–present
Website anissagamble.com

Anissa Gamble (born May 21, 1993) is a Canadian scientist and professional ice hockey player, currently playing with the PWHPA. She is among the few people to have played professional hockey while living with Type 1 diabetes.

Playing career

Gamble played on youth boys' teams in the Maritimes until the age of 15, when she left home to attend Appleby College. During her time at Appleby, she played in the Provincial Women's Hockey League with both the Oakville Jr. Hornets and the Burlington Jr. Barracudas.

After finishing high school, she moved to Pennsylvania in the United States to study at Robert Morris University and play in the NCAA. Across the next four years at the university, she score 12 points in 118 games.[1]

After graduating from Robert Morris, she took a year off hockey to focus on her master's degree. In the 2017 CWHL Draft, she was selected 54th overall by the Calgary Inferno.[2]

In 2018, she left Alberta to sign with the Toronto Furies. She would play 19 games with the Furies during the 2018-19 CWHL season, picking up two assists. She recorded her first professional point in a 2-0 victory against the Markham Thunder in November 2018.[3]

After the collapse of the CWHL in May 2019, she joined the GTA West section of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association, deferring her admission to medical school to take an active role in the organisation.[4] She participated in the first PWHPA Unifor Showcase event in Toronto in September 2019 as a member of Team Knox. In the Secret Showcase in January 2020, she played for Team Spooner. She was one of the players chosen to take part in a Dream Gap Tour Showcase against the Japanese national team in Tokyo in March 2020, before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] In August 2020, she announced her intention to continue with the PWHPA for the 2020-21 season.[6]

Academic career

Gamble obtained her bachelor's degree in biology with a concentration in pre-med and minoring in chemistry at Robert Morris University.[7] She went on to complete her master's degree in experimental surgery at the University of Alberta, evaluating islet cell transplantation under the supervision of James Shapiro.[8] She went on to study Digital Health at the University Health Network.

She currently works as a research analyst with the University Health Network in Toronto, focusing on diabetes eHealth management, and is planning to study dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.[9]

Personal life

Gamble was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8.[10][11] She is involved with the non-profit organisation Connected in Motion for people living with diabetes, as well as the Alberta Diabetes Institute and Diabetes Hockey Camp.[12][13]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2017–18 Calgary Inferno CWHL - - - - - - - - - -
2018–19 Toronto Furies CWHL 19 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
2019–20 GTA West PWHPA - - - - - - - - - -
2019–20 GTA West PWHPA - - - - - - - - - -
CWHL totals 19 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0

In the media

  

References

  1. "Statistics".
  2. "INFERNO SELECT 13 PLAYERS IN CWHL DRAFT". NHL.com.
  3. Staffieri, Mark (April 12, 2019). "Toronto Furies' Anissa Gamble spreads diabetes awareness".
  4. Pingue, Frank (September 21, 2019). "Gamble defers dental school to fight for women's hockey" – via www.reuters.com.
  5. Staffieri, Mark (May 28, 2020). "PWHPA Spotlight: Anissa Gamble".
  6. Tokarski, Anne (August 9, 2020). "PWHPA Player Roundup: August 8". The Ice Garden.
  7. "Where Are They Now? Anissa Gamble". Robert Morris University Athletics.
  8. "Thumbs Up! Anissa Gamble making a difference for diabetics". December 5, 2018.
  9. "All-star Anissa Gamble encourages diabetics with women's hockey on hold during the pandemic". thestar.com. April 12, 2020.
  10. "ANISSA—Portraits of Diabetes | Alberta Diabetes Institute". www.ualberta.ca.
  11. "Finding My Thumbs Up". Beyond Type 1. July 5, 2017.
  12. "Interview with Anissa Gamble: Hockey + Type 1 Diabetes". March 31, 2020.
  13. Pacific, Western (May 7, 2019). "Anissa Gamble joining DHC on-ice staff". Pacificsportsacademy.

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