Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Tiffany Head; Delaney Ross will be suiting up for the Ravens in 2016-17
In two seasons as head coach of the Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team, Pierre Alain has begun to see the fruits of his labour. His third recruiting class is shaping up to be his best yet, as Alain has announced the recruitment of Delaney Ross, a supremely talented bluechip prospect who has just wrapped up an impressive junior career with the Warner Hockey School – the same institution that helped produce current Ravens forward Becky Davidson – in Southern Alberta
Ross, a five-foot-six winger, has led the Warner Warriors in scoring over the past two years with an astounding total of 216 points (14-15 – 64 G, 46 A, 15-16 – 52 G, 54 A) in 112 games.
Ross’ hockey career has been nothing short of spectacular so far, as she set the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League (AMMFHL) record with 80 points in the 2013-14 campaign, won a the Junior Women’s Hockey League title with Warner in 2014-15, and was named the Top Forward in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) in 2015-16.
Delaney has also participated in five National Aboriginal Hockey Championships since 2010-11, capturing three gold medals and two silvers to date.
GoRavens.ca recently caught up with Delaney as she provided us with a glimpse into her past and what Carleton can expect from her when she suits up for the Ravens in 2016-17.
GoRavens: What were some of the deciding factors that led to you choosing to play for Carleton in the fall?
Delaney Ross (DR): Pierre Alain is a well respected coach and he had a lot to do with my choice. Also, when I made my visit down to Carleton, it really impacted my decision.
GoRavens: Who are some of your hockey idols and heroes and what do you admire about them?
DR: A couple of my role models would have to be Craig McCallum and Dwight King. Craig played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and played on the CIS (2015 Univeriade) team. Dwight plays for the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and is from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Both of these players work extremely hard and I looked up to them growing up.
GoRavens: Do you have any other role models?
DR: The biggest role models I have are my parents. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am extremely thankful.
GoRavens: Do you model your game after any particular player(s), and what would you say are your best on-ice attributes?
DR: I don’t model my game after any other player; I just play my own style which includes moving the puck quickly, creating chances for others, playing offensively, scoring when I get the opportunity, and taking care of my defensive responsibilities.
GoRavens: What are you most looking forward to as you embark on a new chapter of your playing career as well as your education?
DR: I want to keep improving my hockey strengths and hopefully one day wear the Team Canada jersey, but I also would like to start school so that I can begin to take a look at careers that may be of interest to me. I need to work hard to be successful and I know that Carleton will help me along the way.
GoRavens: What will you be studying at Carleton?
DR: I will be enrolled in the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program (AESP).
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GoRavens: My first year at Carleton will be a success if…
DR: I play my role and work just as hard as my teammates to win hockey games, but also by working hard in school by keeping my marks up.
GoRavens: My most embarrassing hockey moment to date…
DR: Would have to be when I was a thirteen-year-old playing for the Midget AAA Battlefords Sharks (SK). I was skating toward the bench at the end of a shift, but my stick blade gave out and I went into the open bench door feet first. Only one leg was inside the bench while the other one was still on the ice! I continued to lay in that position until my coach grabbed me by the jersey and pulled me into the bench.
GoRavens: If you didn’t play hockey, you’d be a…
DR: If I didn’t play hockey I think I would probably still be going to school in my hometown and would possibly be more involved with rodeos and chuck wagons!
Favourite Hockey Team: LA Kings
Pre-game Meal: Spaghetti and Chicken
Hockey Superstitions: Listening to certain kind of music, taping my stick, putting my gear on left to right, and going bar down in warm-ups!
Skate of Choice: Bauer Mx3