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USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER. 2016 19 eventually changed her opinion, but by that point, Pedatella was fully booked. "I was really shocked," she admitted. "I didn't think it was going to happen that quickly." Her first fitting was followed immediate- ly by practice with the Bulldogs. Two days later, Pedatella made her modeling debut. Much like any rookie, Pedatella was a raw talent in need of refinement, which she found in the tutelage of Romanian designer Catalin Botezatu. Just as her father patiently taught her the ins and outs of hockey, Botezatu walked Pedatella through everything she needed to know to be suc- cessful on the runway. "You haven't done this before, have you?" Botezatu asked after seeing Pedatella tenta- tively navigate the catwalk. "You're not supposed to look down at all when you're walking on the runway, and I guess I looked down," Pedatella said. When show time arrived, she not only didn't look down, she never looked back. "The first night I walked on the runway and I was in shock; it was such a different experience than hockey," the Brewster native said. "[With hockey] you take shifts and there are no cameras. [Modeling] is all you, and it was crazy. But throughout the weekend, I just walked on the runway and it got easier with each show." Tw o m o r e s h o w s o n S a t u r d a y a n d another on Sunday night sandwiched a n o t h e r c o n v i n c i n g v i c t o r y f o r t h e Bulldogs. Within weeks, Pedatella was offered her first professional contract by Red Model Management. Her new employer was flexible, allowing Pedatella to put modeling on hold as she focused on her immediate responsibilities on the ice. "Hockey's first," she insisted. With her modeling debut behind her, the Lady Bulldogs rode a dominant five- game winning streak to the New York State Championship as the offense piled up 23 goals while Pedatella and her defen- sive corps conceded just four. "She looks like [Boston Bruins defen- seman Zdeno] Chara," her father said. "It's amazing watching her stay between the dots and put her stick out. You say, 'Nobody's going to get around her.'" Winning the state championship was a dream realized for Pedatella, who has been playing hockey for over half her life. "Every year, the goal is to win State and go to Nationals," she said. "But I also wanted to have the new experience [with modeling]. Everything fell into place." The victory punched the Lady Bulldogs' ticket to the Toyota-USA Hockey Girls Tier II 16 & Under National Championship tournament in Burlington, Vt., where they played three games. And although they came up short, simply competing against the best in the country was an accomplish- ment worth talking about. With her hockey season behind her, Pedatella's focus returned to the runway. Her dream is to become a Victoria's Secret Angel, modeling's equivalent to seeing your name engraved on the Stanley Cup. And while her new vocation will provide new opportunities and even more clothing options, it's a safe bet that a hockey jersey will always be part of her wardrobe. N Alastair Ingram is a freelance writer from South Burlington, Vt. "I WAS SO NERVOUS. ALL OF THE OTHER GIRLS LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD DONE IT ALL BEFORE. I HAD NO EXPERIENCE SO I WAS JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN." Brianna's parents, Mary and Louis, have been supportive of their daughter whether she's pursuing her dreams on the ice rink or the runway.

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