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How Allie Munroe’s emphasis on past failures fuels her success

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Commentscenter_img Six words are tattooed on Allie Munroe’s ribs. Inked on the right side of her body during her freshman year, the message finishes each conversation with her dad.“The best is yet to come.”Maurice Munroe began saying the phrase when his daughter was younger and would suffer a setback during a game or weekend series. He believed that no matter what, the situation could always improve. He didn’t like to see Munroe pout when things didn’t go her way, so the phrase caught on as a reminder that she should keep her head up.“If your life’s going good, that doesn’t mean it can’t get better. If your life’s going bad, I just think it can only go up,” she said. “I view that in a hockey sense and a life sense.”Now a senior at Syracuse University, Munroe has had far more successes than failures in her hockey career, one filled with individual and team accolades. As a captain for the Orange, she is still looking for SU’s elusive first-ever College Hockey America conference championship. She’s won CHA defender of the year, all-conference first team honors and was named to the Canadian National Women’s Development Team. But all she talks about are the downs: CHA playoff losses and the one time she was cut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Unless we ask her, she doesn’t really say too much,” roommate and co-captain Lindsay Eastwood said. “She doesn’t want to throw it in our face at all … she’s super humble about it.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerMunroe had dreamt about the chance to play for the development team since she was a kid. She expected to make it, just like she had with all of her other teams — only this time, she’d represent her country.Along with 46 other girls who were invited to the development team camp, Munroe waited to talk to the coaches. Once in the room, Munroe heard news she hadn’t before: she didn’t make it.Munroe left the facility and boarded the bus where the other girls who’d also gotten cut were transported home. Instead of crying, she held it in. The sadness and disappointment of being told she’d missed the team sunk in quickly, but the tears took a while. She didn’t usually cry in front of people.“Everyone’s rooting for you, so it goes to your head,” Munroe said. “You don’t only disappoint yourself. Everyone wants you to succeed, so it’s difficult when you fail.”Following the announcement, she called her parents, who listened to their daughter through speakerphone. She sounded depressed, Maurice said, a quality in her voice that is rarely heard.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerMunroe received a letter after she returned to Syracuse notifying her of the good qualities she exhibited during the camp as well as the ones she needed to work on. She had skill, it said, but she needed speed.“(Her teammates) didn’t give her a chance to be down too long,” Maurice said. “She had a role to play on the team at Syracuse. It made her focus on the moment at hand.”Before long, the best season of Munroe’s Syracuse career was underway. Using her experience from the summer with the development team, she posted career-highs in goals (seven) and assists (14), en route to being named the conference’s defender of the year in her sophomore season.Despite Munroe’s accolades, Syracuse fell in the CHA championship for the second year in a row. As a freshman, she’d scored a goal and tallied an assist in the title game loss. As a sophomore, Munroe and the Orange were shut out. She was named to the all-tournament team both years, but that didn’t matter.When Syracuse fell to Mercyhurst 4-3 in double overtime of the CHA championship in her freshman year, SU’s seniors pleaded to the underclassmen not to do what they’d done.“Don’t wait until your senior year to win the CHA,” the seniors said, something that Munroe has never forgotten.Last year, Munroe contracted mono late in the season, causing her to miss the playoffs — something she chalks up as a “failure” — and watched Syracuse’s season end while on the bench.“I remember some of our meetings when she was (a freshman),” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Just wanting to win a championship. Now all of a sudden you fast forward, she’s a senior, here we go, you still got one chance.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorBy the end of her sophomore year, her consecutive failures individually and as a team piled up. When the decisions for the Canadian Development Team were made, Munroe felt as pessimistic as ever. She couldn’t make the camp that summer, so she expected the worst.At her Syracuse apartment with her roommates, Eastwood, Brooke Avery and Maddi Welch, the call came. As her phone rang, she looked at them and thought, “I’m getting cut.” But when she emerged from her room after the call, she told them the good news: she made it.“It was a shock, to be honest,” Avery said. “She never goes out of her way to share that stuff … she came out and she was like, ‘I made the team,’ it was just so relieving, for us, she was so stressed about it.”For a period after getting cut the first year, the letter informing her of her shortcomings from the first tryout hung in her room at Syracuse, reminding her of her biggest failure in hockey. It also alluded to her strengths. As a kid, Munroe’s dream was to get invited to and ultimately make the Canadian Development Team. As a member of the Orange, her only goal has been to win the CHA title.Munroe’s teammates and coaches have seen noticeable differences in her play and demeanor since getting cut by and later making the Canadian Development Team. She’s introduced new ideas in practice and games and, as captain, helped acclimate freshmen to Syracuse.The pieces are there to win a CHA championship, Flanagan said. After the past CHA title losses, Maurice relayed the message Munroe’s heard all her life: The best is yet to come.“At the end of the year, it’s a failure, you don’t move on,” Munroe said. “It’s been tough the last couple years with that — just drives me more.”last_img read more

NHL trade deadline 2020: Analyzing top players, prospects and picks that were moved

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/fd/18/barclay-goodrow-042319-getty-ftr_ej4n1yul7nxf18syaaozk2mjy.jpg?t=1308099682&w=500&quality=80 Hurricanes get: Sami Vatanen (D); 50 percent of contract retainedDevils get: Janne Kuokkanen (F), Fredrik Claesson (D) and  2020 conditional fourth-round pickThe Devils may have had high hopes for this season but the experience has been nothing short of a disaster. Not only did New Jersey follow up their busy offseason by stumbling out of the gate, but they eventually fired head coach John Hynes and were forced to trade 2018 Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall to Arizona. Although most of the pre-deadline narratives centered on goal-scoring winger Kyle Palmieri, they instead moved an oft-injured puck-mover like Vatanen and his expiring contract. In dealing Hall to the Yotes, winger Blake Coleman to Tampa and defenseman Andy Greene to the Islanders, GM Tom Fitzgerald sliced over $30 million off of the salary cap — jettisoning half of Vatanen’s $4.875 million annual cap hit knocked it down even further.Much like the acquisition of Skjei, the Canes were in need of blueline insurance with Dougie Hamilton (broken leg) and now Brett Pesce (shoulder) sidelined with injuries. The only issue with Vatanen is that he himself is injured as well. In fact, he’s missed over 50 games the last three seasons combined, with the latest injury coming from a blocked shot that forced New Jersey to place him on injured reserve. But don’t let that trick you into thinking the 28-year-old Finn is some sort of two-way warrior — Vatanen’s game centers on offense and he probably would have put up more points (23 in 47 games) had the Devils used him more than P.K. Subban or Will Butcher in favorable situations.MORE: Oilers, Hurricanes and the rest of the winners on deadline dayThe prospectIn Kuokkanen, the Devils acquire a finesse forward with a solid build who can play center or wing. Selected by Carolina in the second round of 2016, Kuokkanen has been one of the AHL’s top under-21 scorers in Charlotte. His points-per-game average since entering the league in 2018 has risen every year: 0.66 in 2018 to 0.79 in 2019, and topping out at 0.81 in 52 games this season. He can run the power play from the half wall as well as any AHL-trained prospect, and the biggest reason why he hasn’t seen more than the 11 games of NHL experience is simply that the parent club is deep at every position, at every level.Advantage: It’s a wash. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5a/31/brady-skjei-new-york-rangers-022520-getty-ftrjpeg_1ee90wcocxsjo1vuwyxmzbm974.jpg?t=2098630864&w=500&quality=80 Hurricanes get: Vincent Trocheck (F)Panthers get: Erik Haula (F), Lucas Wallmark (F), Chase Priskie (D) and Eetu Luostarinen (F)If you were to classify any of Monday’s deals as a blockbuster, then this whopper would probably be it.Trocheck is less than three years removed from a 75-point season and he doesn’t turn 27 for another five months. He also carries an annual cap hit of $4.75 million with two full seasons remaining on his deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent in July of 2023. Although his production has dropped from 31 goals in 2018 to 10 goals in each of the last two seasons, his speed and shot proclivity are two things the Canes hope will mesh with their up-tempo possession game.The biggest shock, however, wasn’t that Florida was willing to trade a key forward during their playoff chase, but how much Carolina was willing to pay to acquire him. Both Haula (12 goals) and Wallamark (11 goals) have outscored Trocheck in less ice time, and both can play center while winning over 50 percent of their draws. Additionally, Wallmark was a second-unit penalty killer for the Canes, who through Sunday had the league’s sixth-best percentage on the PK. Throw in a pair of mid-level prospects in puck-rushing defenseman Priskie and playmaking center Luostarinen, and you have all the components of what looks to be a massive overpayment on Carolina’s end.The prospectsIt’s important to acknowledge just how deep a farm system the Hurricanes have had the last few seasons. The buildup began under former GM Ron Francis and has continued with Don Waddell. Carolina has one of the AHL’s better teams in recent years — Checkers won the Calder Cup last year — and have bluechip prospects there, in North America’s junior leagues or in Europe. But, the success of the parent club has caused a slight backlog in available NHL opportunities. Like the aforementioned Kuokkanen and recently-traded winger Julien Gauthier, both Priskie and Luostarinen were two notable prospects who have enjoyed success at lower levels but were otherwise blocked from a legitimate shot at a full-time NHL gig.Priskie, who turns 24 in mid March, is an AHL rookie and a darn good one. His 31 points in 52 games is fourth among first-year AHL defensemen, and his ability to power play a quarterback and rush the puck are two big why the Checkers own one of the league’s best units with the man advantage. Skating, swerving and playmaking are three aspects of Priskie’s game that should benefit Florida’s affiliate in Springfield.Luostarinen, 21, was one of the top junior-age players in Finland’s elite SM-Liiga after he recorded 15 goals and 36 points for KalPa a season ago. Like most European imports, however, his transition in 2019-20 to the AHL’s North American style has been more deliberate than seamless, although Luostarinen’s size (6-foot-3), hands, and passing abilities are impressive nonetheless. The Panthers already have 2016 first rounder Henrik Borgstrom down on the farm, so keep an eye on the possibility that the two Finnish forwards are united on the same line.Advantage: Florida (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7a/b4/janne-kuokkanen-finland-022520-getty-ftrjpeg_z63mprvbj1hl15oyqmuy4q5j5.jpg?t=2099795440&w=500&quality=80 Islanders get: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)Senators get: 2020 conditional first-round pick, 2020 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional third-round pickIt goes without saying that any attempt made by the Islanders to pry Chris Kreider away from the rival Rangers was destined to fail, which is why grabbing an energetic forward like Pageau proved to be an acceptable yet costly contingency. For the first time since his days as the Devils GM and the infamous 2010 Ilya Kovalchuk deal, Lou Lamoriello rolled the dice on Monday and ponied up a first-round pick at the deadline for a pending UFA. But unlike the Kovalchuk extension that took a few months to finalize, the Isles GM wasted little time in locking up Pageau to a six-year, $30 million contract.On paper, a high-energy forward like the 27-year-old center seems like the perfect fit in Barry Trotz’s tight-checking system. Pageau is an excellent penalty killer and can go shot for shot with the best an opposing team can offer and he’s also won over 50 percent of his draws in each of the last five seasons.Trade grades: Pageau | Athanasiou The picks No single date on the NHL’s calendar can transform an organization’s fortunes as drastically as the annual trade deadline. Whether a team is buying assets for a deep playoff run or selling off veterans to trim payroll, the anticipation that surrounds the event traditionally reaches a crescendo in the early afternoon rather than closer to the 3 p.m. ET deadline itself. This year, however, was a little different, as the bigger names on most trade boards — Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau, New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider and Florida’s Vincent Trocheck — had their respective futures determined during the early portion of the day’s proceedings.To nobody’s surprise, Stanley Cup hopefuls such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning and Edmonton Oilers, each made at least one major acquisition that could bolster their chances for postseason success. Conversely, a handful of lesser teams whose seasons were already on life support stood firm in their resolve to acquire additional drafts picks and notable prospects. Lightning get: Barclay Goodrow (F) and 2020 third-round pickSharks get: Anthony Greco (F) and 2020 first-round pickIt’s evident that  GM Julien BriseBois thinks his Lightning — you know, the team in the midst of a 23-4-1 run —  is not strong enough to win in the postseason. How else could one explain that in the last eight days, he’s traded each of his next two first-round picks for two-way forwards like Coleman and Goodrow; the latter having only 26 goals in almost 300 NHL games. Yes, it was Goodrow who scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 7 to clinch a comeback win over Vegas in the first round of last year’s playoffs and Coleman is one of the most tenacious penalty killers out there; however, both moves reeked of desperation. The high price BriseBois paid would be next to impossible to validate unless the Bolts, at a minimum, win the Eastern Conference.The pickFor the Sharks and GM Doug Wilson, the trade for Erik Karlsson made it a foregone conclusion that their miserable season would end without giving them the benefit of a lottery pick. Snatching a first-rounder from Tampa for a player who essentially is a glorified checker, however, certainly softens the blow. As of today, San Jose is poised to have at least three picks within the first two rounds, a luxury they haven’t had since 2014.Advantage: Sharks (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1f/23/slava-demin-denver-022520-getty-ftrjpeg_1nu6wbwc741sn1b719nmtb31ia.png?t=2100662864&w=500&quality=80 Blackhawks get: Malcolm Subban (G), Slava Demin (LHD) and 2020 second-round pickGolden Knights get: Robin Lehner (G) and Martins Dzierkals (RW)Maple Leafs get: 2020 fifth-round pick from VegasA pending unrestricted free agent goalie like Lehner was one of the most coveted targets on the market, but it’s unlikely many saw Vegas as a potential landing spot. Nonetheless, the Hawks were able to ship their co-No. 1 goalie for a younger backstop in Subban, a second-rounder in 2020 and an intriguing prospect in Demin. From a statistical standpoint, Lehner’s traditional numbers may seem pedestrian (.918 save percentage, 3.01 goals-against average), but the advanced numbers indicate that Lehner was incredibly competent — his 7.54 Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA) ranked fifth in the league among goalies with at least 1200 minutes played.Although this deal may create a bit of a goalie controversy with incumbent starter Marc-Andre Fleury, the truth is that Vegas bought themselves an excellent insurance policy at a reasonable price.MORE: Leafs’ Dubas is “not going to come up and bulls—”ProspectThe Knights have done quite well at the draft table in a short period of time, specifically in the later rounds. Demin was one of their better defense prospects even though he was picked in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. A native of California, Demin as a sophomore has shown promise as a depth defender for Denver, an elite college program. He was highly regarded before his NCAA career, as he was selected to play for Team USA at the 2018 under-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament and All-American Prospects Game. A big-bodied puck rusher, he knows how to defend and play with confidence in addition to presenting opponents with a physical barrier. Keep in mind that one of Chicago’s top prospects is Pioneers’ defenseman Ian Mitchell, so it should be expected that the Hawks’ scouting staff had seen plenty of Demin the last two seasons.Advantage: Golden Knights (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/62/a0/jean-gabriel-pageau-111419-getty-ftr_119frd8fh4jt01kvun7pls1osy.jpg?t=1802922950&w=500&quality=80 TRADE DEADLINE: Tracker | Best, worst dealsOf all the trades made during Monday’s frenzy, the following were the only deals that involved notable prospects or a first-round pick. Hurricanes get: Brady Skjei (D)Rangers get: 2020 first-round pick (lesser of two owned)Rumors surrounding the future of the Rangers 2012 first-round pick began to circulate some time ago, but Skjei’s price tag ($5.25 million for the next five years) made the idea of a handsome return seem unlikely. However, the inspired play of young left-handed defenseman Ryan Lindgren and partner Adam Fox, coupled with a drop in Skjei’s production (one assist in his last 16 games) probably helped make the idea of moving him more of a necessity. Of course, the re-signing of Chris Kreider earlier in the day put a significant strain on the Rangers’ cap situation, which next season will face a $6 million balloon hit courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk’s buyout. The quickest way for general manager Jeff Gorton to ease that burden was to move a contract, and he found a taker in the contending Hurricanes.Carolina already has solid defenders to make up for Skjei’s shortcomings in his own end and he is a capable piece with playoff experience nonetheless. Still, Rod Brind’Amour’s squad made the last year’s conference finals and are itching to get back; however, Skjei doesn’t come across as the kind of player with enough influence to help vault them past Boston or Tampa.The pickSurprisingly, the Canes were willing to part with one of their two first-round picks in the 2020 draft, with the lesser of the two heading New York’s way. The Canes acquired an extra first-round pick from Toronto when they added Patrick Marleau over the summer, and as of right now the Leafs’ pick will remain in Carolina’s possession. As it stands, they have 74 points and Toronto has 72 with two more games played. The fact that both teams could miss out on the postseason and provide the Rangers with a lottery pick makes this a home run for Gorton and Co.Advantage: Rangers (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d9/a0/erik-haula-carolina-hurricanes-022520-getty-ftrjpeg_15jp8ogcm58xj192qfcb7wmz01.jpg?t=2101188768&w=500&quality=80 Last week, Lamoriello’s desire to make the Islanders a legitime Stanley Cup contender convinced him to fork over a 2020 second-round pick to division-rival New Jersey for 37-year-old defenseman Andy Greene. A high price for an aging rearguard indeed, but it would pale in comparison to the two guaranteed picks he dealt to Ottawa for Pageau. The first rounder was the obvious key to the whole deal, and credit Sens’ GM Pierre Dorion for limiting New York’s protection request to only the top three of the 2020 draft.The Islanders, even with the additions they’ve made in recent days, are in no way guaranteed to make the playoffs. Although the possibility that Ottawa walks away with another top-15 lottery pick is more of a long shot than it is a guarantee, the fact that the Senators scored big in the draft pick department via a trade involving an expiring contract should not be lost.Advantage: It’s a washlast_img read more