Category Archives: Class of 2019

Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Keiko DeClerck

Keiko DeClerckKeiko DeClerck spent last season with the USA Hockey Girls Development U19 team, and spent the season before that with Little Ceasers. The forward was named MVP of her high school team when she played for them in 2012-13, and also attended national camps in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Eye on the Tigers caught up with DeClerck to see what the freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I wanted to go somewhere where I could get the best education while also having the chance to play college hockey. Princeton was the perfect match.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to the season. We have been practicing for weeks, and I can’t wait to finally begin games.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I started playing hockey when I was five years old. I remember my first goal.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I have always rooted for the San Jose Sharks because they are from where I grew up. I watched as many Sharks games as I could.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

The strangest thing I’ve probably ever seen while on the ice was a dad opening the door and taking his kid out of the game because the referee gave his son a penalty.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

Logan Couture has been my favorite player since he joined the Sharks.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

The most exciting experience I’ve ever had was probably paragliding in Mexico.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I am undecided about my major, but have always enjoyed math.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I hope [my] legacy at Princeton will be someone who passionate and gives 100 percent at everything I do.

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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Karlie Lund

Karlie LundKarlie Lund joins Princeton after playing for The Blake School. The Minnesota native was a finalist for the Ms. Hockey trophy in 2014 and won a state championship in 2013 and 2014. As a captain at The Blake School last year, Lund netted 67 points. She scored 215 points over her five-year career at The Blake School

Eye on the Tigers caught up with Lund to see what the freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I chose Princeton because of the amazing academic experience and the great people on the team. When I visited everyone was super nice and it just felt like the right fit for me.

What are you most looking forward to?

I can’t wait for games to start. Putting on the Princeton jersey for the first time is going to be a memorable experience.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I started playing hockey when I was five. My earliest memories are playing in mites on the boys team.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I am a big fan of the Wild. I grew up in Minnesota and the Wild were the hometown team to cheer for.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

My junior year in high school I broke my collarbone twice, once in February and again in July. Having to sit out for so long and miss playoffs was definitely hard for me.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

In one of my high school games a pack of fruit snacks fell out of my teammates breezers during her shift.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

I’ve had two coaches for the majority of my hockey career, Mr. Boyle and Mr. Dalhquist. They have coached me every year since I was 10 and I know I wouldn’t be here today without them.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

When I was in 10th grade my high school hockey team won the State Tournament. It was the first High School State Tournament that I had won, which made it special.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

Right now I am in the engineering track. I still don’t know what specific type of engineer I want to be, but I am leaning towards CEE.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I hope my legacy is a person who gave it her all day in and day out not only in hockey but also academics.

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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Stephanie Sucharda

Stephanie SuchardaStephanie Sucharda joins Princeton after spending the last three years with the Mississauga Junior Chiefs. In 2014-15, she was the highest-scoring defender in the PWHL. Sucharda was a part of the U18 Canadian team that won silver at last year’s IIHF U18 World Championship. The defender also played for the Team Ontario U18 team that secured silver at the Canada Winter games in 2015 and gold at the U18 national championship in 2013-14. Sucharda captained the Team Ontario U18 team that won silver.

Eye on the Tigers caught up with Sucharda to see what the freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I chose to attend Princeton University because of its top-notch academics and excellent hockey program. Princeton was just ranked the No. 1 University in the United States by U.S. News, so that speaks for itself in terms of academics and the university overall. Regarding the hockey program, the coaches are amazing, and the team is such a great group of girls that I felt like I belonged there after visiting.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to starting the season off strong against Mercyhurst this weekend. Our team has a lot of potential this year, so I’m just excited for us to show everyone that we are a force to be reckoned with.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I started playing hockey when I was four years old. My earliest memory of playing hockey is when I scored my first goal in my first year. I remember the goalie saved a shot and I just kind of pushed their pad into the net along with the puck. Definitely not the prettiest goal looking back at it, but I could not have been happier.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I grew up cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs because they are my hometown team. Unfortunately, they have been a hard team to cheer for over the past little while, but I’m still confident that they are going to turn things around. Go Leafs go!!!

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

The biggest challenge that I have faced in hockey is moving on to new teams. You become so close with your teammates to the point where they are almost like a second family, so it’s really sad every time you have to change teams because you are leaving all of your best friends.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

I think the strangest thing that I’ve ever seen while playing hockey is a parent that started climbing the glass so they could yell louder at the referee.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

My parents are the most influential people on my hockey career. My dad was my first coach and really helped me become the player I am and my mom is my No. 1 fan and really pushed to get me started in hockey.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

The most exciting experience I have ever had was playing in the finals for U18 Team Canada against the United States, in front of a sold out crowd.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I plan on majoring in economics and possibly getting a certificate in finance, as I am very interested in business.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I hope my legacy at Princeton is to excel both academically and on the ice. I hope to be remembered as a hard worker, who leads by example.

Editor’s note: This story was changed to correct the team that Sucharda captained.

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Getting To Know the Freshmen Tigers: Kimiko Marinacci

Kimiko MarinacciKimiko Marinacci is one of four freshmen joining Princeton women’s hockey this season. The 5-foot-6 defender spent last season playing for the Louis-Riel Rebelles, her high school team. Last year they finished in the Provincial High School Championship semifinals, following up a 2014 championship. Marinacci also played for the Ottawa Lady Senators and served as the team captain last season.

Eye on the Tigers caught up with Marinacci to see what the freshman had to say:

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Why did you choose Princeton University?

I chose Princeton because of the amazing academic opportunities as well as the great people. The whole team along with the coaches were really nice and helpful throughout the entire recruitment process. It just made me feel like Princeton was the best place for me.

What are you most looking forward to?

I’m most looking forward to starting game play and for the season to really get going.

When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?

I first got into hockey when I was around four years old. My earliest memory is when I was really little and had to go to 7 a.m. practices and my mom would dress me in all of my gear while I was still in bed half asleep.

What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?

I grew up rooting for the Ottawa Senators because I’m from Ottawa.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced in hockey is making sacrifices in other aspects of my life in order to play hockey at a high level.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?

The strangest thing I’ve ever seen while playing hockey was a puck breaking in half from a shot because it was too cold out.

Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?

The most influential person in my hockey career was my older brother Evan. He’s [the] reason that I got into hockey in the first place; I started playing because he played.

What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?

The most exciting experience I’ve ever had was in the summer of 2013 when I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.

What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?

I am currently planning on majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?

I hope that my legacy at Princeton will be one of hard work and dedication.

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