WATERLOO - Every athlete aspires to achieve excellence as an individual and to contribute to his or her team in any way they possibly can. Lindsay Arbeau
and Candice Djukic
have done just that during their careers within the women’s hockey program.
As they both surpass their 100th game markers as Golden Hawks, they find themselves playing integral roles on a successful team, but this is not the first year they have experienced such success. Lindsay and Candice joined the program in the fall of 2001 as two of fourteen rookies on a 22 player roster. In that year, they established themselves as part of the core group of players that would go on to win 3 OUA Gold Medals, an OUA Silver Medal, a CIS Silver Medal, and a CIS National Championship in only four seasons. These girls know what it takes to win at this level, and they give everything they possibly can to the team to increase their chances at another championship. Head Coach RICK OSBORNE
says “both Candice and Lindsay are prime examples of why the women’s hockey program at Laurier has reached national prominence”.
Over the past five seasons, the presence of both players cannot be overlooked. They have both played key roles in the important games of the past and they will continue to do so as the Hawks get closer to the 2006 playoffs. RICK OSBORNE
comments on just how valuable the girls are to this program:
"Lindsay has been very caring and supportive to her teammates and an extremely helpful and dedicated player for us. She is always willing to help with anything on or off the ice that is needed to make our team better or my job a little easier. Candice is not afraid to try anything and is such a versatile player. She trains hard and she has always been great in the playoffs and championship games."
Athletes do not often get the opportunity to represent their school one hundred times and team captain, Ashley Stephenson
, puts it best when she says, "I think this game is a testament to the dedication and work ethic it takes to succeed both on and off the ice. I congratulate them on such a feat that rarely occurs in university sports and thank them for being wonderful teammates and friends."
The Golden Hawks hit the road this weekend to face Queen’s. Laurier came out on top with a 2-0 victory the last time these teams met.