MANCHESTER — Saturday night was one that Aggie Bisselle never dreamed would have happened. The Burr and Burton Academy senior girls hockey player was honored before Saturday night's game, when the Bulldogs took on Rice, for reaching 100 career points.
"Definitely would not have ever thought before I started at BBA that I would have a night where I would be honored for reaching 100 career points," said Bisselle. "As a freshman, I was still a player trying to understand the in and outs of the game, so to come all the way from that point to reaching 100 career points is such an honor for me and I'm happy that all the hard work I did in my career has paid off."
Bisselle didn't reach double-digit point totals as a freshman, but since that season, Bisselle has become one of the best hockey players over the past three seasons and became the second girl in BBA history to reach 100 points on her third goal of the Bulldogs' game against Woodstock, back in December.
"She has had an amazing career here at BBA," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki. "Seeing her grow up right in front of me from coaching in youth hockey to now has been really special. To see her become one of the best hockey players ever here at BBA has been a joy for me to be a part of."
Hockey has been Bisselle's passion ever since she was little.
"I just have always enjoyed being on the ice," Bisselle said. "I like how it's a different sport than the others and from the day I started playing, it's been my favorite sport.
Bisselle began playing hockey in the Vermont youth leagues along with her sister Lucy, who is one year older.
The sisters grew up playing soccer and lacrosse, along with hockey, and that developed a competitive bond between the two that has now grown into a best-friend relationship that will last a lifetime.
"It was fun being able to grow up with each other and being teammates as we grew up playing sports from youth to high school," said Lucy Bisselle. "I can still remember the day when we were little playing hockey on the pond with each other and my dad. It was really special having the opportunity to play with her and coming back to watch her play now makes you cherish the times we had playing with one another."
Lucy, who currently attends the University of Vermont where she plays hockey for the club team there, came to center ice with their parents, Fran and Andrew, to honor Aggie during the ceremony before the game.
Also on hand at the ceremony to honor Bisselle was the BBA boys' hockey team.
The boys came out at the blue line by center ice to applaud Bisselle for her great achievement. Then seniors Jack Ams and Christopher Kornaros, who played with Bisselle back in the youth leagues, came out and presented Bisselle with a bouquet of flowers.
The three former teammates then hugged one another at center ice as they celebrated Bisselle's accomplishment.
"It was such a great moment to be able to be a part of celebrating her great achievement," Ams said. "I have played hockey with her my whole life. She is a great player and it has been great watching here do great things here at BBA."
Many of Bisselle's former teammates were also in attendance, including class of 2015 members Hannah Dingley, Megan Grabher and Jordan Harmon.
Bisselle will attend Hobart and William Smith College next fall, after applying early decision there and she intends to at least try out for the girls hockey team there.
"I'm really excited for the next chapter of my life there," Bisselle said. "I really like the school and what it offers me both academically and athletically."
With HWS waiting in the wings for the fall, Bisselle still is focusing on helping BBA finish out the season strong.
Bisselle did some of that on Saturday night after the ceremony, increasing her career points total to 110 after her two-goal performance to help the Bulldogs end their losing streak in a 2-2 tie with Rice.
"I want to make the most of the rest of my time as a Bulldog," Bisselle said. "Most importantly I want help the younger girls on the team get better and try to be an example to them as a leader and also as a friend."
Bisselle is a great example of how hard work can help turn into a successful career.
"I am so happy that all my friends and family came out to support me and honor me for this great achievement," Bisselle said. "I love playing the game of hockey and I am honored that I have had the privilege to play with all the teammates that I have played with in my hockey career."