Chanda Gunn, from Huntington Beach, California, is the U.S. women’s hockey team last line of defense. The starting goaltender, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 9, faces life the way she faces shooters on the ice: with no fear.
Gunn doesn’t consider herself a hero because she plays the most difficult position in a developing sport or because she faced down Team Canada in a shootout last spring helping the U.S. women’s team win its first world championship. Despite her challenges, she has been able to establish herself as one of the most prolific hockey players in the nation.
At Northeastern University Chanda was a three-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate women’s ice hockey player. Chanda was also awarded the Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2004 as college hockey’s finest citizen. She is often recognized for her good character both on and off the ice and is active in her community as a volunteer coach and with local charities.