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 ‘03 East Coast Selects-O squad, Matthew McGroarty played an integral role in the team’s run to a World U-15 Championship in Philadelphia this spring. In nine tournament games, McGroarty scored four goals including the game-tying goal in the championship with just 26 seconds left in regulation. ECS-O went on to defeat RUSS in overtime, capping off a perfect 9-0-0 tournament record and claiming the World U-15 Championship.
“Winning the whole tournament,” McGroarty said of his biggest accomplishment in his career thus far. “We battled through the whole tournament against adversity… That was definitely one of the biggest wins in my entire life.”
A native of Westport, Connecticut, McGroarty will play for the U-16 Mid-Fairfield Rangers and Brunswick School this winter season, where he hopes to continue improving his game. He’s had some help along the way, crediting NHL veteran and Stanley Cup champion Martin St. Louis for having the biggest impact on McGroarty’s development.
“He coached me on the Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers for three years and he completely changed my view on hockey,” McGroarty said. “He completely transformed me as a player as well. He taught me that sometimes, less is more. That in order to be a successful hockey player, you need to play smart every time you are on the ice.”
With high aspirations for his future in hockey as well as academics, McGroarty’s next goal is to take his game to the college level. Playing for a good hockey program is important, but McGroarty also wants to go to a school with great educational opportunities as well. As a 15-year-old, he still has plenty of amateur hockey left to play but that won’t keep him from dreaming big.
“As a young kid growing up with hockey as a major part in my life, it is my absolute dream to get drafted into the NHL,” McGroarty said.