“Ferris Bueller” hit movie theaters in 1986 and helped define a generation long before Lexie Laing was born.
That doesn’t mean this tremendously talented hockey player from Marblehead can’t heed some of the title character’s best advice.
Asked what goals she might have for herself as she prepared to enter the next chapter of her career, Laing unintentionally channeled one of Matthew Broderick’s most memorable roles.
“My head needed to be in the moment,” Laing said, after competing in both international and national hockey tournaments last month. “I couldn’t be caught thinking too much about the future. That’s sort of my philosophy: concentrate on now, because if you’re not you might miss something.”
You can’t blame Laing, who turns 18 in June and will play hockey at Harvard University next fall, for living in the moment. She’s had quite a few of them to remember in her senior year at Noble & Greenough, a prep school in Dedham that has one of the oldest and most respected girls hockey teams in the country.
Shortly after finishing up her stellar career there, where Nobles lost in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference’s Division 1 final, Laing made her way to Budapest, Hungary. There, she skated for Team USA’s Under-18 women’s national team, competing in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Women’s World Junior Championships.
It was the second straight U-18 Team USA nod for Laing, who competed in the tournament in Finland the previous year.
“Hungary was great. It was actually warm out and I think we wore shorts the entire time,” said Laing. “It was still snowing in Boston when we were there.”
The Americans won their first three games in the tournament, outscoring the opposition 20-1. They defeated the Czech Republic, 3-1, in the semifinals before falling to Canada in the gold medal game.