Sophomore Jessica Buttinger spent the majority of her summer traveling with the Canadian Junior National Team. The squad competed in matches in Argentina, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Spain. The Waterloo, Ontario native shared a page of her journal with GoDuke.com where she reflects on her multicultural journey:
As I sit on the roof top of my hotel in Barcelona, I look back on the past two and a half months that was my summer. I sit in the sun icing my bruised knees; recalling all the most memorable moments of my Canadian U21 tour of Europe. The summer was literally a whirlwind. We played 24 international games in the past 50 days; travelling to 5 different countries. Our team faced eight different national under 21 teams which included; Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Brazil and Spain.
I have gained so much from this experience both from a hockey stand point and personally. It´s humbling to walk onto the field in Argentina and see the best player in the world; Luciana Aymar drag flick a ball into the top corner of the goal or to play Germany in the Jesse Owens Olympic stadium of the Berlin 1936 Olympics. It´s gratifying to play head to head and have success in games against the best teams not only in Europe but the world. Finally, it´s motivating to take the skills and lessons learned from Europe and apply them wearing the Duke blue and white...I can´t wait to see my Duke family and get back out on our home turf for season in just over two weeks!!