Clarkson senior David plans to excel as a go-to forward this season

Sep. 23—POTSDAM — Gabrielle David has already been so productive with the Clarkson University ladies’s hockey group that she enters her senior season wanting simply 3 issues to achieve 100 for her profession.

But David isn’t happy with what she’s already achieved and spent the summer time running more difficult than she has prior to to be able to excel at the ice this season.

“I worked hard to be one of the best players on the team, but that means I have to do everything right, too,” David mentioned.

David has at all times been amongst Clarkson’s best scorers, however her first 3 years she’s been at the back of avid gamers like Elizabeth Giguere and Caitrin Lonergan.

This yr she may emerge as Clarkson’s go-to offensive participant.

“I want to get better and grow my play, so I have to be good in all areas,” David mentioned. “I like challenges. It will be good for me.”

David scored 38 issues as a freshman, 20 as a sophomore in part the selection of video games and 39 extra remaining yr.

“I want to work on sustaining my play and getting points is always fun,” David mentioned. “The shots were there (last year) but having a shot mentality and wanting to score more is more important this year.

“This summer time I’ve ready how to have the puck extra and puck keep watch over. It’s no longer simply being there and scoring, it is usually figuring out the whole thing else so you’ll be on the proper position on the proper second.”

David said she worked on improving her speed over the summer. She also worked on being tougher.

Part of her offseason hockey training also included playing against a childhood hero, Canadian Olympian Marie-Philip Poulin.

“I performed in opposition to her in a 3-on-3 league this summer time after which on the Canadian (tryout camp in August) we had been at the identical group,” David said. “She’s a function fashion to me and she or he’s additionally (French-Canadian) so we had that connection. In follow I used to be making an attempt to cross in opposition to her line. If I stay going in opposition to the toughest line, that is how I recuperate.”

David’s work ethic is something Clarkson coach Matt Desrosiers appreciates. Many of his top players in the past have also been as driven to excel.

“She’s been rising into a chief off and on the ice for us,” Desrosiers said. “She simply does the whole thing the proper method and the whole thing neatly. On the ice she’s that child that I will roughly level too at any time and say, ‘Hey, that is how we do issues right here’. It’s in reality precious to have the ones varieties of avid gamers to your group. “You can see when (players) come in and get into the preseason you can tell that they’ve put the work in over the summer. It goes back to not only helping herself but also helping her teammates. When they see how hard she’s worked over the summer, they know she’s ready and prepared for the season.”

Clarkson had already received 3 nationwide titles by the point David arrived on campus and having a probability to win was once a giant think about her opting for to come to Potsdam.

She was once meant to play in an NCAA Tournament sport in opposition to Wisconsin in 2020, however that sport was once known as off on the remaining minute due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Clarkson didn’t make the NCAA Tournament within the shortened 2020-21 season so remaining yr was once David’s first probability to play within the tournament, when the Golden Knights confronted Wisconsin.

“It’s something that I’m going to be proud of,” David mentioned. “I want to make it to the Frozen Four, because I haven’t been able to do that. I came here to win and I saw the success they’ve had and that’s something I want to repeat.”

David has the danger to come again subsequent yr as neatly, however she mentioned she’s ready to see if any roughly giant skilled ladies’s league begins after this season.

She additionally needs to keep concerned within the sport after her taking part in profession ends.

“I’d like to be a strength coach or a hockey coach,” David mentioned. “I want to stay in the sports arena.”

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