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Elyssa Biederman, a 16-year-old forward from Franklin, Mich., and in her fourth year with Little Caesars AAA hockey program, recently scored a goal which has spread across social media and made it to the No. 2 spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.

Elyssa says that she did not expect footage of her recent goal, which was shot by her mother in the stands, to spread like it did. 

After previously playing in boy’s hockey programs, Elyssa joined Little Caesars AAA, which is one of just four Tier 1 girls’ hockey programs in Michigan.  “AAA hockey, especially with Little Caesars, has very good resources,” Elyssa said. “They provide a lot for us — the rink downtown, great coaches. It’s all-around a great organization.”

In addition to scoring goals, Elyssa helps others in need.  She recently participated in a Little Caesars Pizza Kit virtual fundraiser to help cover the cost of equipment for players whose families might otherwise be struggling.

Elyssa plans to attend Colgate University, one of six on her team to commit to a college so far. With state and national tournaments on the horizon, Elyssa says she’s focused on enjoying her time with her teammates, who’ve decided to stick together for 19U. “We have such a good group of girls,” she said. “They’re my best friends forever.”

Learn more about the premier Little Caesars AAA girls’ hockey program and how it supports young athletes at LittleCaesarsHockey.com.