Originally I created Shilpa as a different character I am working on, Saana. But it turns out Shilpa is too old to be Saana. Looking up the name Saana, internet websites say it is Finnish, which is surprising, because I know I have met Middle Eastern people who use it as a variant of Sana. Maybe I should flip the names around, since after all, this girl is playing hockey- Finland would be a good place to play hockey.
One of my friends is from Missoula, Montana and apparently they don't ice skate on lakes there. I always thought that Montana would be much colder than the East Coast.
Shilpa and Saana both remind me of Smilla's Sense of Snow.