Laura Stacey Joins Paradis Pros
Paradis Sport is thrilled to announce that hockey star Laura Stacey is joining our ambassador program. Stacey grew up in Ontario and started skating at age 4 when her parents enrolled her in a figure skating class, but she didn’t enjoy it and eventually convinced her parents to let her play hockey. When she watched the Canadian women win gold in 2002 in Salt Lake City, she started to dream about one day playing for Team Canada. Stacey went on to play at Dartmouth College where she captained the team in her senior year and received many All-Ivy, Academic All-Ivy and ECAC honors.
Stacey joined Canada’s U18 Team in 2010 and helped her team win silver and gold at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships. Over the next four years, however, she was cut four times before finally making her IIHF Women’s World Championship debut in 2017 where she helped Canada win the silver medal. Getting cut and battling through injuries made her realize how much she wanted to pursue her dreams. Stacey’s grit and determination earned her a spot on Team Canada for the 2018 Winter Olympics where she helped her team win the silver medal. Four years later, she helped Team Canada bring home the gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics where they finished with a perfect 6-0 record. She and her teammates returned from Denmark last month, where they won the gold medal at the World Championships. Hockey is in her blood - her great-grandfather, King Clancy, is a Hockey Hall-of-Famer and played 16 seasons for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL. She wears No. 7 in honor of Clancy, whose number hangs in the rafters at Scotiabank Arena.
Stacey’s academic and athletic achievements are remarkable, but her interest in giving back to her community is equally impressive. In 2018, she founded LS7 Sticks for Charity, an event that brings hockey fans of all ages out to join in a road hockey tournament (commonly called street hockey in the US). The event raised more than $20,000 in 2022, all of which was donated to Kids Sport Toronto, a non-profit that provides grants of between $250 – $500 to help cover sport registration and equipment costs so that kids aged 18 and under can play a season of sport. Stacey says the event started as a casual game with her family and friends in her Montreal neighborhood and has since morphed into a major fund-raiser. The tournament is truly unique in that each player who registers is assigned to a team that is made up of players of different ages and skill sets. Teams include NHL players, Olympians, adults, and kids over 10 years old. Mark your calendars for August ‘23 and sign up to support a good cause and join the fun!
We are so proud to welcome Laura Stacey to the Paradis Pro team!