Our Selects program has proved to be one of the most successful avenues for young hockey players to improve their skills, compete at the highest level and further their playing careers while offering world-class experiences to the athletes and their families. Countless Selects alumni have gone on to accomplish great feats both on and off the ice, and with our new Selects Spotlight, we look to promote those players and their success stories.
From the age of four, Ben Gaudreau has been a team player filling voids and playing in whatever role has been asked of him. So when the East Nipissing Vipers were in need of a goalie, Gaudreau stepped into the goalie position for the first time and has been the backstop for his hockey team ever since. Now 15-years-old and playing in between the pipes for our ‘03 East Coast Selects-O, Gaudreau earned our Selects’ Most Valuable Player honors for his efforts at this year’s U-15 World Selects Invitational.
“I have been with the Selects program for three years now,” he said. “It has helped me develop in all aspects of my game by allowing me to play the best hockey players in my age group.”
At the WSI in Philadelphia, Gaudreau was named to the All-Tournament Team winning six games and posting a .931 save percentage, leading ECS-O to a World U-15 Championship.
The 6-foot-1, 150-pound netminder models his style after Montreal Canadiens Carey Price, mesmerized by how calm the 11-year NHL veteran plays the game. And like many goalies, Gaudreau’s pre-game preparation is very meticulous. So much so that when asked what his routine consisted of, Gaudreau simply said, “Too many to name.”
After three years, Gaudreau finishes his Selects career as a world champion, all-tournament honoree and an MVP award. Now turning his focus on the upcoming winter season with the North Bay Midget Major Trappers in Ontario, he still maintains many of the friendships forged with his Selects teammates.
“Being in the Selects program has helped me meet a lot of guys from North America and around the world,” he said. “Just last year I was training in Detroit and came across a great teammate Davis ‘T-bone’ Codd. I maintain these friendships by keeping up with what they post on Instagram or Twitter and texting them every once in a while.”
With a bright future ahead of him, Gaudreau hopes to go as far as possible with hockey but also has interest in law and business as potential areas of study.
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