Members of the Victory Honda Women’s 19+ Hockey Club are pictured after winning the USA Hockey Nationals Women’s Senior B championship tournament. Ferndale resident Rebecca Sonn had four goals and four assists at the tournament.

Members of the Victory Honda Women’s 19+ Hockey Club are pictured after winning the USA Hockey Nationals Women’s Senior B championship tournament. Ferndale resident Rebecca Sonn had four goals and four assists at the tournament.

Photo provided by Rebecca Sonn


Local resident part of USA Hockey Nationals championship team

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published May 8, 2018

 Pictured is Ferndale resident Rebecca Sonn. She and her teammates from the Victory Honda Women’s 19+ Hockey Club came away as the champions at the USA Hockey Nationals Women’s Senior B championship tournament in Massachusetts last month.

Pictured is Ferndale resident Rebecca Sonn. She and her teammates from the Victory Honda Women’s 19+ Hockey Club came away as the champions at the USA Hockey Nationals Women’s Senior B championship tournament in Massachusetts last month.

Photo provided by Beth Montalvo

In 2014, Ferndale resident Rebecca Sonn experienced something that she said hit her hard.

Sonn is a forward on the Victory Honda Women’s 19+ Hockey Club, and in April of that year, she and her teammates made it all the way to the final game of the USA Hockey Nationals Women’s Senior B championship tournament before losing on a late third-period goal.

It was a loss that Sonn’s teammate and Brighton resident Lauren Lobert said left the team heartbroken.

This past April, the Victory Honda team made it back to the championship game for the first time since that loss, and this time they accomplished what they set out to do, beating Team Cleveland to come away as tournament champs.

“We’ve won tournaments here and there, but when you talk about USA Hockey Nationals, that’s the 12 best teams in the nation that come and play in this tournament,” Sonn said. “Even at (age) 32, it’s still pretty special.”

Victory Honda went 6-0 in the tournament, which took place April 5-8 in Massachusetts. The team outscored its opponents 30-5.

Victory Honda’s accomplishments include going 29-7-2 overall, according to coach Brad Johnson, and winning the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association state championship.

All of that came despite concern that there might not be enough players to field a team prior to the season starting.

Johnson said that after a large portion of Victory Honda’s roster decided to start their own team, there were only seven skaters and a goalie on the roster in July. The season started in September.

Johnson said it was “daunting.” 

Fortunately for Johnson and his team, some talented players he wasn’t expecting to be available joined the squad to help complete the roster.

Given the adversity that Victory Honda overcame, Johnson described the season as “pretty remarkable.”

“This is the most selfless team I’ve ever coached,” Johnson said. “Everybody on the team was in it for the team. If I were to come up with one single reason why we were as successful as we were, it would be that reason — selflessness and commitment to the group.”

After Victory Honda’s loss in the championship game in 2014, Lobert’s concern was “did we blow our one shot?”

After the club got its second chance, her concern had turned into something very different.

“It was a different feeling going into the national championship game this year,” Lobert said. “We were nervous, but (it) felt like it was our time this year. … We had this kind of special feeling.”

Hockey has played a big part in Sonn’s life. She was living in Wisconsin when she was offered the opportunity to play at the NCAA Division I level for Wayne State University. She suited up for the Warriors for four seasons, beginning in the 2005-06 campaign. 

“It was pretty cool,” Sonn said. “As a little girl, you’re dreaming of that.  … That was one of my goals, and once I got there, it was awesome.”

After receiving an undergraduate degree, Sonn went on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy from Wayne State in 2013.

She is currently employed as a physical therapist for Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills.

Sonn doesn’t plan on calling it quits anytime soon. She’s already thinking about making it back to the championship game next year. 

She probably won’t have to twist Johnson’s arm to convince him to have her back. In the tournament, Sonn finished with four goals and four assists.

Due to her work schedule, Johnson said Sonn only played one or two games in the first half of the season.

Her availability in the second half made a difference.

“Becky really wasn’t an every-game player until the second half of the season,” Johnson said. “And it’s not a coincidence that we were 22-2 in the second half of the season. That’s how much she means to this team. … Without her, it would’ve been a much, much, much tougher road.”