Author Archives: theselfpass

Terrassa: The Hockey Talent Factory

Terrassa is probably one of the most important hockey towns in the world. In our 250.000 population- city, we have 1 Olympian player for every 2.000 citizens. We just have 5 hockey clubs here, being Atlètic Terrassa, Club Egara, and CD Terrassa its big representatives. However, we’ve been producing some of the best hockey athletes […]

ROCÍO YBARRA: FROM GETXO TO THE WORLD WITH THE SPANISH «FURIA»


Born in Getxo, Bilbao, Spain, Rocío Ybarra had her family name to play for. The legendary number 3 had a long trip between Olympic Games, World Cups, and experiencing German and Dutch leagues, and now she’s back to Spain and to her hometown. After 266 caps (the most capped player for Spain) had to decide […]

Hockey: Game vs Brand!

  I embrace different roles in the sport: I am firstly and primarly a coach, then also a coach educator, a marketeer, a businessman and above all an enthusiast (freak some would say). Those different areas, when in complementary balance help me to have a wider and deeper understanding of the hockey game inside the […]

KWAN BROWNE: THE CARIBBEAN HOCKEY KING

Kwan Browne is Trinidad & Tobago’s (T&T) hockey King. He’s royalty and still brings it to the pitch every week, as a player or a coach. In his prime, the fans, teammates and opponents would say that he was one of the best in the world. It has been an amazing journey for T&T hockey […]

MICHAEL KöRPER: A HATE THAT LIGHTS THE FIRE OF WINNING

Divided by his love for both indoor and outdoor, Michael Körper is a thirsty hockey player. After getting to the top, both with Harvestehuder THC (HTHC) and Austria, Körper wants more. He hates to lose and picks up there to fight to win. Welcome to revolution number 9! Words: Tiago Marques “HTHC is the best […]

MIRCO PRUYSER: ADDICTED TO GOALS!

Born in Hoofddorp, a small town 25 minutes away from Amsterdam, Mirco Pruyser is one of the leading players in world hockey. Always looking for the next goal, Pruyser has also a great view for the future! Self Pass got to know better the Dutch superstar and found out that goals is only one of […]

VICTOR WEGNEZ: THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

  Words: Tiago Marques   “I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know Everything that’s shine ain’t always gonna be gold I’ll be fine once I get it, get it in, I’ll be good” Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness ft. MGMT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xzU9Qqdqww   Kid Cudi’s hit song chorus brings us to a metaphor […]

OIKAWA, THE HOOFDKLASSE MASTER OF DEFENSE

  Originally from Iwate Prefecture, an agricultural area of ​​Japan, Shihori Oikawa is an onna-bugeisha as far as field hockey is concerned. For those who do not know, onna-bugeisha is the name given to the Japanese warriors, the female of the most known samurai. Historically, they were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and […]

Aisling D’hooge – ‘The Panther’

Who is Aisling D’hooghe? I’m the goalkeeper of the Belgian National Team. I’m 23 years old and I always played at Waterloo Ducks. How and when did you start playing hockey? I was 10 years old. I really wanted to do a team sports and loved football. My father was not very happy with me […]