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.
A member of our East Coast Selects for the past two years, Liliana Moose has competed in eight tournaments from the World Selects Invitationals to the Ponytail Challenge and Top Tier in Toronto. In Bolzano, Italy, she helped ECS go 6-1-1, scoring a goal in the quarterfinals against Draftday before going on to win the U-15 WSI championship the next day.
While the experiences on the ice were memorable, her time spent in Europe with friends and family were just as enjoyable.
“My favorite parts from the Italy trip was winning the tournament and meeting all new teammates,” she said. “I remember touring Venice with my friends and have so much fun.”
Moose said she loved watching Nathan Gerbe, one of the shortest to ever play in the NHL, because of his small stature and ability to prove his skill. Listed at 4-foot-11 and 85 pounds on Neutral Zone, Moose is also on the smaller side but just has to play a different style of hockey like Gerbe did to compensate for the size difference.
On June 20th, the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney announced the addition of Moose to its program, who was the first of six student-athletes from the class of 2022 to be announced so far this summer. It’ll be the best of both worlds for the Rochester, New York, native who will get to play for one of the top teams in the country without having to leave home.
“I was lucky enough to have a Selects Academy coach watch me play and then talk to me a couple years ago,” she said. “I chose to go to Selects Academy because it is one of the top teams in the country and is in my hometown. I will start there this fall but so far my interactions and experiences with the coaches and players have been great.”
The Selects Academy is a great way for many of our alums like Moose to continue their experience with Selects into their high school years. The girls’ program at Bishop Kearney is relatively young and already achieving great success with its U-16 team finishing second at USAH Nationals in 2018. There, Moose hopes to continue developing her game and one day play Division-I college hockey.
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