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.
Cecilia DesLauriers played for our U-14 East Coast Selects-Q at last year’s World Selects Invitational in Chamonix and then for our U-15 East Coast Selects U-15 team this year. At the WSI in Bolzano, DesLauriers led her team in scoring with two goals and six points in eight games, as ECS defeated DHI Octane 2-0 in the championship game.
Winning the championship was exciting, but DesLauriers said the semifinal game to get to that point was just as thrilling.
“Winning in three-on-three overtime against West Coast… This was big for our team because they had won the year before and we were considered the underdogs,” she said.
From the blue line, DesLauriers assisted on Mia Langlois’ game-deciding goal at the 4:39 mark of overtime, lifting ECS to the championship game over defending champion West Coast Selects.
Hockey is a family function for the DesLaurier household, as Cecilia credits her brother and fellow defenseman Owen as her biggest hockey influence.
“Someone I strongly look up to is my older brother Owen,” she said. “He is also a smaller defender who has done very well throughout his hockey career.”
This defender may be small, but she has some big goals set for herself both on and off the ice.
DesLauriers hopes to one day play Division-I college hockey with aspirations of playing for Team USA in the Olympics. Schooling will be important as well, as she has her sights set on the medical field wanting to become a pediatrician one day.
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