laura stacey feature

Road to PyeongChang: Laura Stacey

A closer look at the forward from Kleinburg, Ont., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team

Jason La Rose
September 6, 2017

Position: Forward
Hometown: Kleinburg, Ont.
Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Club Team: Markham Thunder (CWHL)

Road to Centralization
2003-04: Humberview Huskies (Minor Atom AA)
2004-05: Toronto Royals (Atom AA)
2005-06: Toronto Royals (Minor Peewee AA)
2006-07: Toronto Royals (Peewee AA)
2007-08: unknown
2008-09: Etobicoke Dolphins (PWHL)
2009-10: Aurora Panthers (PWHL)
2010-12: Toronto Aeros (PWHL)
2012-16: Dartmouth College (ECAC)
2016-17: Brampton Thunder (CWHL)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 18, 2010 vs. United States
Canada’s National Women’s Team (2016-17): 9GP 1G 1A 2P
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2012-17): 29GP 4G 4A 8P
Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team (2010-12): 16GP 10G 10A 20P

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 0A 0P (silver medal)
2012 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship – 5GP 4G 3A 7P (gold medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship – 5GP 3G 4A 7P (silver medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“My family has definitely played the biggest role in helping me get to Olympic centralization. The very first time I put on skates, they were actually figure skates, and my sister was there holding my hand and attempting to teach me how to pirouette. From that day forward, the unwavering support from my parents and sister has helped me get to where I am today and for that I could not be more thankful. The financial support over the years, the long road trips and the tears of both joy and pain … my family has been through it all. They continuously push me to be the best hockey player and person that I can be while making sacrifices that allow me to pursue my dreams.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“When I first started playing hockey I completely fell in love with the game and wanted to be on the ice as much as possible. It was not until I was eight years old when I started to dream about playing for Team Canada. I had heard a lot about the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and saw the final game on TV when Cassie Campbell (one of my biggest role models) received her gold medal. From that moment on, I dreamed of being just like all of those women, standing on the blue-line with a gold medal around my neck, singing the national anthem.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“Hockey has given me a second family. All of the teammates and coaches I have been fortunate enough to play with and against these past 18 years have provided me with lifelong friendships, mentors, and role models that will be with me for the rest of my life.”

For more information:

Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
Office: 403-777-4567
Mobile: 905-906-5327
[email protected]


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