Erica Fryer named to West Coast Selects for second consecutive year

 

By Joel Charron

For the second straight year, Erica Fryer, 12, has been choose to play goal for the prestigious West Coast Selects (WCS) hockey team.

More than 200 girls from across North America competed for 68 positions, those selected will participate in the program’s international spring training development camp and World Selects Invitational in Stockholm and Nykoping, Sweden on April 18-28.

Last year, Fryer travelled to the Czech Republic for the 10-day tournament.

According to Fryer, try-oust began in late December with the selected players finding out their fate with the team in the beginning of January.

“Erica was superb on Dec 31. She not only showed she has the skill to be a top hockey prospect but also demonstrated great leadership and passion on the ice,” said Kathy Pippy, Director of Girls’ Hockey for the Selects Hockey program.

Along with Pippy, the selection committee consisted of independent hockey evaluators including WCS head coach and former NCAA players, Tina Ciraulo and Katie Labut, Co-founder of Selects Hockey, Travis Howe and other professional hockey scouts.

Fryer said she felt confident heading into the try-out, however admits she was also a little nervous.

“I wanted to make this team very badly,” said Fryer. “Just because I made this team last year didn’t mean I was a lock to make it this year. I had go out there and do the best I could do.”

Although scouts were aware she made the team last year, Fryer said she walked into the camp feeling she had to prove to everyone she was good enough to make the team.

Erica Fryer will play for the West Coast Selects hockey team in April. The team will travel to Sweden for a 10 day tournament.

Erica Fryer will play for the West Coast Selects hockey team in April. The team will travel to Sweden for a 10 day tournament.

“I really had to work,” she said. “ I couldn’t let my talent carry me through the try-out, I had to really work for it.”

A few days after the try-out Fryer received a phone call notifying her that she had earned a roster spot

“I was very happy,” she said. “ I’m looking forward to going to another country and making some friends and memories.”

Fryer said she doesn’t feel any added pressure being her second year with the WCS. She said if she just goes out there and plays the game that she knows, everything would take care of itself.

Fryer mentioned with being on last year’s squad she knows what to expect and how to prepare for games overseas. She said she plans on helping the girls who may be there first time playing that far away from home.

“This is a great experience for all of us,” said Fryer. “It’s a lot of fun and the hockey is at a high level for our age.”

The trip to Sweden isn’t cheap; Fryer has to raise $5,000 and will be looking for local business to sponsor the budding goaltender.

Fryer currently plays for the LaSalle Sabres Pee Wee Major AA travel team.

Selects Hockey is an organization that pulls together elite youth hockey players from all areas of North America and overseas and competes in the highest caliber Spring hockey tournament that exist. Many of the alumni have moved on to higher achievements in hockey and education, including the NHL, USA National Team Development Program, NCAA scholarships, the United Stares Hockey League and major junior programs like the OHL, QMJHL and WHL. Over 138 young athletes from the program have received college hockey scholarships over the past eight years.

One response to “Erica Fryer named to West Coast Selects for second consecutive year”

  1. deidra says:

    This is Awsome we are so proud of you Erica great job!!!