Stars Blueliner Alyssa Cecere Recognized for Her Great Contributions

Mark StaffieriContributor IIMarch 15, 2013

Photo obtained from Montreal CWHL Facebook page
Photo obtained from Montreal CWHL Facebook page

Among many accomplished players on the Montreal Stars roster, Alyssa Cecere recently earned recognition for her athletic endeavors. In having quietly assembled a career filled with great accomplishments, Cecere is a defensive stalwart who is as humble as she is talented. She was bestowed the Order of Merit of Brossard, giving the gracious and well- spoken Cecere another accolade to a remarkable career.

“It is the highest honor in the city of Brossard. I won for both sport and education, as I am also a teacher in physical education. I do a lot of things outside of school and promote extracurricular activities. Mostly, it was for sport, due to my success with McGill and the Montreal Stars.”

Cecere had the opportunity to attend a gala ceremony in which she was presented with the honor. In addition, she was given the honour of signing the municipality of Brossard’s golden book. M. Paul Leduc, the Mayor of Brossard, and Claudio Benedetti, a councilor, were on hand for the honour.

Along with Stars teammates Emmanuelle Blais and Kim St. Pierre, they give back to the hockey community by assisting the coaching staff at Dawson College. “It is awesome. I love being on the ice with them. At practices, I get to show them the games. I played there for two years, and I played together with Emmanuelle (at Dawson) for one year. It is awesome to go back.”

Upon receiving the news, Cecere approached it with great pride, yet humility. “I was honoured. Everyone told me to take pride in it. I realize it is a team sport and I did not get the medals by myself. I owe a lot to the teams that I played with.”

Her success in hockey has resulted in championships at three different levels. Most recently, she captured the coveted Clarkson Cup in 2012. With the famed McGill Martlets program, she captured the gold medal in three Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships (2008, 2009 and 2011).

While at McGill, she had the opportunity to represent the Canadian National Team at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China. She captured gold in the first women’s hockey tournament in the history of the Universiade.

Once the news reached her teammates on the Stars, they shared in her joy. “They were really happy for me, and very excited. They reminded me that it was well deserved.” One of her most notable accomplishments with the Stars came during the 2012 postseason. Cecere logged the opening goal in the Clarkson Cup championship game.

In having earned such a privileged honour, Cecere cites several influences. “My parents and my coaches. Of course, my teammates. I have worked really well with different teams and worked with many different people. Everyone is an influence in my life.”    

"All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated"