Keiko 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:
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.