Small Steps, Big Dreams: Lauren Sullivan '13 Becomes First EC Player Drafted in CWHL

August 27 2013
Category: Alumni

Lauren Sullivan '13

Former Elmira College women's ice hockey standout, Lauren Sullivan '13 was selected in the 10th round of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) Entry Draft by the Toronto Furies. Sullivan becomes the first Elmira College women's ice hockey player to ever be drafted in the CWHL. In addition, Sullivan was one of only three NCAA Division III athletes chosen in this year's draft and one of 13 goalies.

"We are ecstatic for Lauren and her family on being selected in the 2013 Canadian Women's Hockey League Entry Draft" raved Elmira College head women's ice hockey coach Dean Jackson '03. "Being drafted into the premier professional women's hockey league is quite an honor, and it is fitting that she was selected by her hometown team, the Toronto Furies. This is a tremendous achievement for Lauren and a great moment for our women's ice hockey program. We wish Lauren continued success in her professional hockey career."

It has been nearly six months since Elmira College standout Lauren Sullivan '13 helped guide the Soaring Eagles to their third NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship in college history. Along with a national title, Sullivan has collected multiple awards during her EC career. However, as accomplished as she was at Elmira, Sullivan was not ready to hang up the skates after commencement. "I didn't want to finish my hockey career after college" said Sullivan. "There aren't a lot of spots available overseas because of limited imports on North American players so I decided to enter the CWHL Draft."

In preparation for the draft, Sullivan worked hard, putting in valuable time for workouts and training sessions. Her efforts to prepare for the draft also continued off the ice as she spent the months leading up to the draft talking to CWHL coaches in an effort to better understand the draft process and to find out if she had a shot at being selected.

"After talking with a lot of coaches, we narrowed down Toronto and Brampton as preference teams because they were losing goalies and liked to draft players from the local area" said Sullivan.

In the 10th round, Sullivan's hometown team, the Toronto Furies, selected her, making Sullivan the second NCAA Division III player to be chosen at that point in the draft and the seventh goalie overall to be selected. "Being able to play in Toronto is probably the best part of all this" raved Sullivan, who, received the good news while practicing. "To be able to play where I grew up and where I first started playing the game, it's a dream come true."

Not only will Sullivan have the chance to play in her hometown, but she will also be playing for the same team as Sami Jo Small, a player Sullivan looked up to when she was growing up. "I was talking to my dad yesterday about it all and I brought up my autographed picture of Sami Jo Small in my room which I also brought to college with me" says Sullivan. She continues "it says 'Small steps, big dreams.' So to be playing on that team and to possibly be playing alongside her this year is a dream come true."

With a dream fulfilled and possibly another on the way, Sullivan credits Elmira for getting her to where she is today. "Playing at EC was everything" said Sullivan. "All of the statistics and accomplishments I earned this season, I owe that all to my team. That's a big reason why I have come this far. The last four years have built me into the player I am and the person I am."

About the CWHL
The Canadian Women's Hockey League is the premier, professionally run women's hockey league in the world. The CWHL is a centrally funded league meaning that all participating teams in the CWHL receive equal access to funding and are given the same opportunities to succeed. Every dollar goes towards building a league that is dedicated to raising the profile of women's hockey while providing a place where the best female hockey players in the World can come to train and compete.