Behind the Blades: Nicole Giannino

Week 4 of Behind the Blades brings you Nicole Giannino. Check out what she wanted to be when she was growing up and the advice she has to share with future generations of professional women’s hockey players.

Name: Nicole Giannino aka Gino

Hometown/Current town: Bayshore, NY / Boston, MA

Position: Forward

Current job: Residential Supervisor at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center

NCAA team: College of the Holy Cross

Social media:

Instagram: nicolegiannino

Twitter: nicole_giannino

General Questions

What CWHL team do you look forward to playing the most?

Montreal. The team is stacked with such talented players, so its always a good game and exciting.  I’m also excited for Calgary and traveling out there as I’m hoping to make it out to Lake Louise. 

Who has had the most influence on your career?

My Dad. He is always pushing me to keep going and never give up.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with one teammate, who would you want to be with?

Megan Myers.  Not only do I think she will be able to help me survive on the island but we would have so much fun doing it.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Bermuda or anywhere with a nice beach. 

If you had to play a sport besides hockey, which would you play?

I would probably play lacrosse.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A Pharmacist.

What hobbies/things do you like to do in your free time?

Spending time with friends/family, watching movies, playing with puppies, etc.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

I’m allergic to pineapple, should I die trying?

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Nooooo, its a hot dog!

Favorites 

Favorite pregame meal:

Panera turkey and cheese melted on focaccia bread or a chicken casaer salad

Favorite sport besides hockey:

Lacrosse.

Favorite moment from your career:

Scoring against Toronto to tie the game leading us into an OT shootout and winning our only game of the 2016 season.

Current favorite song:

Welcome to the Party by French Montana.

Favorite player to watch growing up:

Martin St. Louis

Favorite professional sports team:

New York Rangers

Favorite quote:

“Chin up princess or the crown will fall.”

Favorite book:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Favorite movie:

White Chicks 

Favorite TV show:

Gossip Girl!

Favorite pizza toppings:

Cheese

Favorite season:

My first season ever on the Blades was my favorite season of hockey in my life.

Photo by Mimi Murad

This or That?

Cats or Dogs?

Dogs

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

Bagels or Toast?

Bagels 10000%

Instagram or Twitter?

Instagram

Pasta or pizza?

Pizza

Morning or night?

Night

Pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes

Fun facts

  1. Fractured my back as a child sleigh riding off my roof (I do not suggest).
  2. Team USA inline hockey Gold Medalist 5x and member 7x.
  3. I have two American Eskimo puppies!

Piece of Advice

What advice do you have for young girls that want to become professional hockey players some day?

My advice to younger players is that you can do it. Playing professional hockey is achievable and all the players that have been members of the CWHL have been in the same spot when we were young. We were once you. So continue to strive for achievement and give it your all to be the best you can be. Become an ambassador for the sport.