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Flip-flops and ice skates are typically polar opposites on the footwear spectrum. But when you live in sunny California like West Coast Selects forward Alexandra Lalonde, the two items are sure to go hand-in-hand throughout the course of a day at the rink.
In the spring, Lalonde played with our U-14 WCS squad at the World Selects Invitational in Chamonix.
“My most memorable Selects experience is going to France and Italy and playing against high-caliber teams from Europe and North America,” she said. “Besides the great on-ice experience, I enjoyed the outings with my West Coast Selects team, traveling on the bus and visiting different places in France and Italy.”
Well, the on-ice experience worked out pretty well for Lalonde as her team went 7-1-0 in the tournament, defeating the East Coast Selects 2-1 in the championship game. But for the off-ice sightseeing, interacting with teammates and enjoying a trip in a foreign country was even better, it speaks volumes about her time spent in Europe.
“I have never had so much fun in my life,” she said. “I am very happy that I made so many new friends and special memories.”
Now playing for her winter team, the U-14 triple-A Anaheim Lady Ducks, Lalonde is focused on her future in the sport and hopes to one day attend an academy school before going to college. Both of her parents maintain professions in the medical field — her father as an orthopaedic surgeon and her mother as a nurse — so Alexandra has shared interests of pursuing a career in medicine as well. Until then, Lalonde works at her craft on the ice drawing inspiration from U.S. Olympic gold medalists Cayla Barnes, Hilary Knight and Annie Pankowski.
“I have been fortunate to meet all three of these women over the past few years,” said Lalonde. “Both Annie Pankowski and Cayla Barnes started playing hockey here in southern California where I live and have ties to my youth hockey program. I admire both their work ethic and approach to the game of hockey and their skill sets on the ice.”
In December of 2017, Lalonde was chosen as a representative for the Lady Ducks program to take part in the opening ceremonies before Team USA and Team Canada played a pre-Olympic exhibition game in San Jose, California. There, she got the opportunity to meet Barnes one-on-one outside the team’s dressing room (pictured above), a moment in Lalonde’s young hockey career that she won’t soon forget.
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