Maude Laramee a Building Block for Ottawa Gee Gees' Future

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIApril 13, 2013

As the Ottawa Gee Gees women’s hockey program works towards becoming a national championship contender, Maude Laramee has emerged as a building block. With 11 points in 18 games played, Laramee showed some offensive flair while bolstering the Gee Gees blueline.

With the Gee Gees roster featuring 19 players that are in their first or second year with the program, Laramee's strong rookie performance may signify the start of a great career.

Prior to joining the Gee Gees, Laramee was a member of the Nepean Wildcats in the PWHL. In her only season with the Wildcats, she showed great offensive skill with 24 points in 29 games, respectively.

In four of the Gee Gees seven wins during the season, she logged at least one point. Her 11 points ranked second among all defenders on the Gee Gees lineup (second only to sophomore Valerie Watson with 15 points). In the month of November, she went on a five game point scoring streak.

After a sparkling 2012-13 rookie campaign, the accolades poured in. She earned a Director's Award from the University of Ottawa while being named to the Reseau du Sport etudiant du Quebec All-Rookie Team.

Perhaps none was bigger than being named to the 2013 CIS All-Rookie Team. On being named to the CIS All-Rookie Team, a proud Laramee replied, “It was certainly a great experience.”

In asking if her rookie season was everything that she expected, she stated, “Yes, there were no surprises. Of course it was a great year. There was a lot of talent. The rookies were great. I made a lot of friends, and it is a great team.”

Despite a first-round exit in the 2013 CIS Playoffs to the eventual national champion Montreal Carabins, Laramee is confident that the young Gee Gees squad will improve.

“There is a great future with the players that are coming.”

Laramee and her Gee Gees teammates had the opportunity to finish their 2012-13 season with a unique contest. On March 30, the Gee Gees played the Czech Republic National Team in nearby Rockland, Ontario.

With the city of Ottawa hosting the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds, the exhibition match was a tune-up for the Czech squad. Although the Gee Gees were unable to hold on to their lead, Laramee logged the first two goals of the game.

“It was fun because I scored twice, but my team certainly helped. Playing against an international team, I think I showed that I was capable. It was a great experience and a lot of fun. It showed the areas where I need to improve, and the areas where I was good, so that I could compete at that level.”

“All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated”