Game On Magazine September 2015 - Page 85

Steph is a gifted player, there’s no disputing that and player of the month awards. “Syracuse was the only campus I visited,” Grossi said. “I talked to other schools. I got a number of other offers, a number of them from Ivy League schools but you can’t get a full ride to an Ivy League school and so it still would have cost a lot of money. “I talked to the U of M, as well, but I just loved Syracuse. I liked the coaches a lot. They were friendly and the team was really nice when I visited. And there are three of us from Winnipeg. I played with Larissa Martyniuk and Danielle Leslie and I roomed together on some Team Manitoba stuff, so it was kind of a perfect situation for me.” Grossi has lived in Charleswood all her life and got involved in the game by watching her brother Michael play. “My parents (Cheryl and Rob) got me involved in the game and I started out driving around with them watching my brother Michael play,” she said. “He didn’t keep playing hockey but by then, I was hooked. The most important people in my hockey life have always been my parents. They’ve really been supportive of my hockey dreams.” Stephanie played boys A1 and then AA hockey as a defenseman, up until the age of 12 (with the APHA Rangers). She then switched to centre when she started playing girls hockey at 13. She played at St. Mary’s in Grades 9 and 10 and then moved over to Shaftesbury Titans Prep in Grade 11 and 12.  She played for Team Manitoba at the last two U-18 National Championships and was also invited to Team Canada’s U18 Strength and Conditioning Camp in the