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.
Chloe Baker had about as perfect of an experience as possible last spring at the World Selects Invitational in Mont Blanc.
Playing in the 10-team international tournament in Europe with our West Coast Selects U-14 team, the 5-foot-4 netminder played in all eight games giving up just eight goals total in the tournament and posting a .917 save percentage as WCS went 8-0-0 en route to the WSI championship. Pairing elite-level hockey like this with the world-class experience of a European tour, Baker competed on a WCS team that featured 17 players from eight different U.S. countries and Canadian provinces.
A California native, Baker is an example of how the Selects program has grown and been able to influence the lives of youth hockey players across North America. The diversity of teams like Baker’s U-14 WCS offers girls the opportunity to meet and interact with other players from different regions while playing hockey at its highest level.
As a female goalie in hockey, she draws motivation from others who have played the position before her.
“Manon Rheaume, she blazed the trail for female goaltending,” Baker said.
A current coach of our Girls Selects teams, former Canadian Olympic goaltender and first-ever female to play in an NHL game, Rheaume serves as motivation to many girls looking to pave their own path in the sport of hockey.
Now playing for the Tier-I AAA program Team Illinois, Baker is in pursuit of one goal.
“I want to play Division-I college hockey and enjoy every moment,” she said. “Take what I’ve learned on the ice into the rest of my life.”
Want to be in the spotlight? Find out more about our teams, camps and academy by joining our Selects program HERE! Already played in our Selects program and want to share your story? Tell us about your experience!