Concordia's Schaack 'socking' it to MIAC hockey opponents

MOORHEAD-On game days, Concordia goalie Andrea Klug usually finds herself looking down at teammate Amber Schaack's feet.Klug knows Schaack will be wearing something unique."Everything you can think of, she has a pair of socks for," said Klug, a s...
Concordia senior Amber Schaack is one of the top players on the Cobbers women's hockey team. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD-On game days, Concordia goalie Andrea Klug usually finds herself looking down at teammate Amber Schaack's feet.

Klug knows Schaack will be wearing something unique.

"Everything you can think of, she has a pair of socks for," said Klug, a senior from West Fargo.

Schaack said she started wearing "weird, random socks" near the end of last season with no repeats on game days. Her collection includes pairs that feature Princess Leia, hamburgers, flamingos, watermelons and superheroes.

"She's got this Christmas pair that I think are pretty funny," Klug said. "There is always something different on game days."

Schaack's play on the ice has also made her noticeable. The senior forward from Jamestown, N.D., is third on the team in scoring, helping the Cobbers (8-4-1, 5-1 MIAC) to the top of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic conference standings. She leads the MIAC with 66 shots on goal in 13 games.

"She's one of those work ethic and attitude (players)," Cobbers head coach Jason Gregoire sad. "She has always been able to keep a good attitude going."

Schaack was about 4 years old when she first went to open skating. Brad Schaack, her father, remembers taking his daughter to the skate for the first time. When Amber fell, she kept getting back up and didn't want help from dad, Brad said.

"I could see right away it clicked with her," Brad said.

"Every time I fell, I would hit my hands on the ice and get so mad at myself for not being able to," Amber said. "I got up every time."

Brad coached youth hockey in Jamestown for 20 years and was also the high school girls coach when Amber, a former North Dakota Miss Hockey, played for the Blue Jays.

"He's definitely been there since Day 1 of my hockey career," Amber said of her father. "I can't thank him enough."

Wearing flashy socks isn't the only routine Amber has for games. She also has a $1 bill taped inside one of her gloves for good luck. She's had the same bill in her glove since she was around 14 years old, she said. That superstition started in summer hockey when Amber was having a rough game. One of her coaches had her tape the $1 bill in her glove and she subsequently started to play better.

Amber drinks two Gatorades and eats one Snickers candy bar spread out over a two-game weekend.

"I'm upbeat and little bit out there and a little bit weird in a good way," Amber said with a smile.

Amber is also involved in Relay for Life, which is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Her grandfather died from colon cancer before she was born.

Amber got involved with Relay for Life in elementary school with the help of her grandma who would take Amber to the events.

Amber remembers making bracelets out of rubber bands and selling them. She raised $20.

"Back then that was a big deal because I thought that was a lot of money," said Amber, who been involved in Relay for Life since.

"She puts in a lot of work with that and she's proud of that," Brad added. "It hits home pretty close."