There comes a bit of pressure while walking into Hobbs Ice Arena when you carry the Akervik surname. After all, Akervik Rink is adorned in large letters above the doors of the middle of the three ice surfaces, big enough to draw your eyes as soon as you walk into the building.
“I didn’t realize how much of a big deal that was until probably high school,” Charlotte Akervik said. “I don’t think my family put any pressure on me. I think everyone in our family understands if you want to be successful, it’s on you.”
Luckily for Charlotte and the Eau Claire Area Stars, she lived up to the billing.
Akervik proved over her four years with ECA there was little that could slow her down, especially not opponents. A torn ACL she suffered as a sophomore couldn’t stop her either, as eight months after that injury she was back and producing again. At this point, the scary incident isn’t even on her mind anymore.
“That’s a pretty good indication of the type of kid she is and how determined she is,” Stars coach Tom Bernhardt said.