Bright spots arise: Almost half of the LU hockey players have found a place to land since the program was canceled

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It was a difficult two months, both logistically and emotionally, for the student athletes at Laurentian University in the now canceled hockey and swimming programs.

However, due in large part to the diligence, determination, and will of athletes and coaches, some success stories have emerged, including placing about 50 percent of the women’s hockey roster in other schools, with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.

“We won a few more, which is fantastic,” said Stacey Colarossi, who headed the women’s team since the first 2013-14 season. “The biggest challenge for me is that we had several athletes in parallel training and care, and with them it turns out to be very difficult to get the transfer points. An athlete wanted to go to another institution and happened to be third year, so she had two years between her bachelor’s and faculty and she looked at four more years, two more years of academics if she wanted to leave Laurentian. It turned out to be quite difficult for these athletes, but we still won some of our seniors. “

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Younger players, especially on the defensive, have been competing by a double influx of recruits – both those who signed up for teams ahead of the 2020-21 OUA hockey campaign, which was ultimately canceled, as well as those who were scheduled for the 2021-22 season have signed. The cancellation of hockey programs at Robert Morris University in the US has only increased the number of skaters looking for places.

There were bright spots once again, with rearguard Olivia Parkinson recently joining the University of Waterloo after strikers Kate Chomiak and Juli Davidson joined the Nipissing Lakers in North Bay earlier this spring.

First year Emily Eikelboom, Lauren Beaulieu and Chihiro Suzuki managed to find places, as did second year student Angelique Page and Karissa Hoskin third year.

Colarossi hinted at other very significant signings for some veterans of the Voyageurs that will soon become official.

“I think we did well,” said Colarossi. “We’re not entirely satisfied, but both Sacha (Song, Recruiting Coordinator) and I worked extremely hard and the girls worked hard to promote and present themselves. Academics are first and foremost and some of them may have had to go to a bigger institution than they hoped to still play hockey and have an academic fit, so maybe it wasn’t a triple, but for the most part I think they did well.

“We wanted to repeat that in conversation with each of you – don’t compare it to your friends, because everyone is unique. Find out what’s best for you. “

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While men’s hockey recruits often sign in the spring, just months before their first post-secondary season begins, Colarossi explained that women’s recruiting is more of a long game as girls are still in 10th or 11th grade at U Sports – Commit schools.

“I had my 2022s, my goals pretty much done,” she said. “We had our 12 best girls that we spoke to and tried to make commitments to get to our six that we needed. It sure is difficult.

“It was very difficult for all of these athletes and they tried to find the right fit. You will hear a lot of no’s before you get your yes, but it’s nice to pat them on the back and wish them good luck. I hope things are moving in the right direction for them. “

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