Okotokian finds inside Edge to X-women
Hockey: Lacey DiMaulo commits to Nova Scotia's St. FX University
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 06:00 am
‘X’ marks the spot on a future with one of the top female hockey programs in the country.
Okotoks’ Lacey DiMaulo committed to U-Sports powerhouse St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where she’ll bolster the top five ranked women’s hockey program starting in 2018-19.
“I was in discussions with schools across Canada and NCAA, but ultimately St. FX stole my heart,” DiMaulo said. “I knew it was an amazing school from the get-go, it has the strongest, most passionate and loyal alumni.
“When I was looking at the coaches and the team, St. FX is a top-three team in the country and that’s what ultimately set my mind on them. They’re a good team and I want to help them win a national championship.”
It helped to have some inside information on the culture in Antigonish.
Lacey’s older sister Carly is just finishing up her undergraduate at the school.
“She told me the culture of it, Antigonish being such a small town, Ken MacDonald the president of St. FX knows everyone’s name there, that it’s such a great culture, living in that little town everyone knows each other and gets along so well,” Lacey said.
Family played a leading role in DiMaulo’s development on the ice.
She grew up primarily playing boys hockey alongside her brother Nick.
“Growing up in a family that is all about sports, my brother had a big influence on me,” Lacey said. “My parents put us both in the game of hockey and he was always competition to me, always seeing who could score more goals.
“I played boys hockey up until Bantam and switched to girls. It’s a different game, but I learned so much from my coaches and my teammates and the journey has been amazing so far and I’m really thankful I can continue this.”
DiMaulo credited former coach Sean Murphy for igniting her passion for the sport as she built her way towards elite female hockey.
She transitioned into the Rocky Mountain Raiders female program for two years of Bantam followed by two prolific years with the Midget AAA Raiders.
DiMaulo helped Rocky Mountain to its first and only provincial and regional championship in Midget AAA in her rookie season and contributed to the Mac’s Midget winning squad as a sophomore.
“When I became older I had a great role model in Nicolette Seper,” DiMaulo said. “She committed to Mount Royal and I thought wow, that’s pretty cool and something I would want to do is commit to school and play hockey.”
For her Grade 12 season she switched to the sports-school program at Edge School for Athletes.
“The exposure you get from Edge, we went to Winnipeg, Ontario, and this year has been a lot different,” she said. “You’re a student athlete, you go to school all day and then practice after school. You work and get that development three times a week.
“That impacts my game a lot, I’ve gotten stronger and faster working on my skills.”
Particularly under the guidance of a decorated athlete in Edge coach Carla MacLeod, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with Team Canada.
“The biggest thing is believe in yourself,” DiMaulo said. “Every shift you work hard, you skate, know what kind of player you are and every shift go out there and impact the game.”
DiMaulo plans to study human kinetics at St. FX.
“Going to Edge this year has really taught me that when you know what your schedule is like so the time management part was really put on me,” she said. “That’s really going to help me for next year just to know what my priorities are and balancing hockey with the school work.”