Laing has been at Nobles, the top girls hockey team in New England for prep schools, since she was in eighth grade and played a season for Marblehead High when she was in 7th grade. She’s also won three national championships with the Assabet Valley program, so even as a young player she has a lot of experience in high-end hockey.
How did her first international tournament compare?
“It seems more intense,” Laing said. “Maybe its because you’re wearing that USA jersey, but you’re against the best teams in the world with some of the best players in the world. It felt more intense.”
The Americans spent more than a week in Finland, including over New Year’s, so naturally there were some cultural exchanges as well.
“I didn’t know what to expect for food, but it was good. There were lots of fish,” Laing said. “The biggest difference was a language, and the rink staff were really nice. They’d teach us a few things between games, like how to say ‘thank you’.”
Now back stateside, Laing is hoping to win another New England title alongside Brianna at Nobles. Lexie is keeping her college options open and figures to be a sought-after Division 1 recruit. A chance to go back to World Junior’s in 2014 would be a bonus.
“So much of the team was 16, it would be a lot of fun to go again, especially if we got to play Canada again,” Lexie said. “We’d all want it so badly, it’d be a great experience.”