ORONO – Hearing your parents from the seats is nothing new to athletes.
But hearing them next to you on the bench? Good luck.
“Playing on a line with your parents or working there’s a lot of ups and downs so I’m sure they were very direct with each other,” Maine women’s hockey head coach, Richard Reichenbach, said.
Maine sophomore forward, Liga Miljone’s mother played on Latvia’s national team for over 20 years, the latter part with her daughter.
“I see it more as me and coach instead of me and my mom when it comes to hockey and the games,” Liga said.
Miljone’s mom isn’t just any hockey player, she’s a Latvian idol. A status Liga has inherited.
“She’s (Liga) kind of made it she’s playing at the highest level you can I think a lot of Latvian players will reach out to her for advice,” Reichenbach said.
Miljone is blazing a path for future Latvian women’s hockey players and as she skates thousands of miles from her family, she can’t help but remember the moments which helped her mom blaze Liga’s path to Orono.
“My mom scored a goal and when she scored it she looked at me and she point the finger at me just that smile the moment it made me feel you know this is something bigger than just the sport you know,” Miljone said.