TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams women's hockey team's 2017-18 recruiting class continues to grow, with the announcement of their fifth recruit in Madison Lalonde.
Lalonde, a native of Blenheim, Ont. a small community in Chatham-Kent, comes to the Rams from the Chatham Outlaws of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA), where she has spent the last 12 years.
Lalonde has won the "heart award" for five consecutive years, and the 2015-16 Athlete of the Year and Coaches Choice awards at Ursuline College. She was also named team captain of the Outlaws for the 2015-16 season.
"We are very excited to have Maddie committed to Ryerson," says Rams head coach Lisa Haley. "She has proven that once she sets a goal for herself, she is relentless in pursuit of it. Knowing this about her, after a lengthy recruitment process, we are unanimous in knowing that Maddie will flourish as a Ram, in all aspects of her career because this is the goal she has set for herself."
"On the ice, Maddie will bring plenty of grit and skill," adds Haley. "She's got some past experience and chemistry playing on a forward line with Lauren Nicholson that we believe can provide an offensive punch right away. She is one of those people that expects that she needs to work for every opportunity, and that nothing of value comes easily. That kind of approach to her everyday life as a student and athlete will only add to the type of culture we are trying to build within our program."
"My work ethic and paying attention to the little details are the strength of my game. I'm an average skater with average speed, but my tenacity, will to win puck battles, ability to play within the team system helps me to excel against higher skilled players," says Lalonde about the kind of athlete she is. "I'm a playmaker with a better than average shot, I'm better than average in distributing and receiving the puck. I lead by example; I work hard whether it be practice or games and I will do whatever it takes to win, without hesitation."
An honour roll student and Ontario Scholar at Ursuline College Chatham, Lalonde will be enrolled in Ryerson's Occupational Health and Safety program beginning in September.
"[Ryerson] truly cares about the academic success of their student-athletes. They create an environment for players to succeed both in academics and athletics, and Ryerson has a good reputation for graduates landing a job in their field of study within 12 months of graduation," said Lalonde regarding her decision to choose Ryerson. "The Occupational Health & Safety program offers a co-op option, that was critical in my decision. Lastly it was important to me that both coach Haley and Jennings made me feel welcome from the start of the recruiting process and were confident that I can contribute here at Ryerson."Keep it locked to www.ryersonrams.ca and @ryersonrams on Twitter for more recruit releases as they are announced.
2017-18 Women's Hockey Recruiting Class:
Julie Patricio – Defence
Brooklyn Gemmill – Forward
Olivia Giardetti – Forward
Keelin Farren – Defence
Madison Lalonde – Forward