Surrey’s Ellie Chou was the lone Canadian on a World Selects Invitational-winning hockey team in France last weekend.
The 13-year-old, who lives in the Panorama area, finished ninth in scoring at the 12-team tournament, which involved U14 girls teams from North America and Europe.
The Chou family arrived home on Sunday (April 21) with fond memories of their 10 days in Chamonix and the Mont Blanc region, near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy.
On the ice, Ellie scored three goals and five assists during the annual showcase, organized by Legacy Global Sports. Her eight points for the tourney placed her fourth in team scoring, behind teammates from Illinois, New York and Nebraska.
2019 World Selects Invitational Champions in Chamonix, France! pic.twitter.com/ED6D3wWBKI
— Ellie Chou (@chewybar17) April 20, 2019
“It was a good life experience, and a great cultural experience, too,” Ellie’s father, Ray Chou, said Monday. “She’ll do a school project on it, as part of the deal of missing school.”
The Midwest Selects didn’t lose a game on their way to winning the tournament trophy. “They were the strongest team by far,” Ray said.
— Ellie Chou (@chewybar17) October 3, 2018
Last month, during spring break in Trail, Ellie and her Surrey Falcons peewee rep team placed second at provincials, a year after winning the banner as B.C.’s best girls team in the division.
Next season, Ellie has committed to play at Delta Hockey Academy, her father said.
Last April, Ellie flew to Toronto to play at the Hockey Hall of Fame Future Legends Tournament, an invitation-only showcase for 2006-born girls from around the world. There, Ellie’s Team Goyette won the tourney title with a 1-0 win over Team Granato.
“Ellie is a dynamic player with elite offence skill and skating,” Falcons coach Jag Bal told the Now-Leader last spring. “She also has exceptional hockey sense and is a great teammate. Off the ice she is quiet and unassuming,” added Bal, who said Ellie is a potential national-level player.