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Stephanie Grossi hopes there is more of everything after school

Stephanie Grossi
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Between practices, games and classes, Syracuse’s Stephanie Grossi logged extra study time around the athletic facilities. The recent graduate from the women’s hockey program did so by shadowing team doctors.

“I got to work with our doctors and see how they work with patients,” said Grossi in an interview with Pucks and Rec. “During the season, I only got to shadow them sporadically, but I did get to intern with them and watch surgeries, which was a great opportunity.”

These experiences proved formative for the biochemistry major as she plans to pursue medical school in her native Canada in the fall of 2019.

Nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and a recipient of the Soladay Award from her alma mater, Grossi distinguished herself in other ways too. The accolades honoring for contributions on the ice, in the classroom and in the community demonstrate Grossi’s strong character.

“It was pretty exciting and humbling to be nominated,” she said of her NCAA consideration. “Receiving that nomination inspires me to keep helping others.”

In particular, though, winning the Soladay stands out for her. This highest honor bestowed on SU student-athletes is named after Doris Soladay, the first and only woman appointed as its Director of Woman’s Athletics.

Soladay, who died in 2001, held the post from 1975 to 1995. Beginning one year after she retired, the prize in her name has been awarded annually to one female and one male student-athlete.

“Winning the Soladay Award was exciting,” reflects Grossi. “There were a number of great athletes nominated. Getting recognized in that way was a nice way of graduating from Syracuse.”

The forward set numerous records on the ice for the 11-year Orange program. She graduated as its all-time leader in points (117) and assists (72). She stands second in career goals (45).

Grossi also earned the 2017-18 College Hockey America Defensive Forward of the Year award while serving as team captain.

Off the ice, she flexed her leadership further on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The SAAC met bi-weekly to strategize how the university could better assist with student-athletes. Beyond that, this group wants to change the Syracuse community for the better.

Grossi’s individual accomplishments are noteworthy. However, her fondest memory came with an historic team victory in the 2016 CHA semifinals. Centering her team’s second line that night, Grossi scored the clinching goal at 16:10 of the sixth period.

“Winning a three-OT game against Penn State 3-2 during my sophomore year stands out the most,” she said. “It never felt like we were going to lose that game. We had a strong team that year.”

While these memories stand out for Grossi, perhaps her most significant impact came off the ice. She relished her work as a regular volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club and the Ronald McDonald House.

The former partnership was arranged by the university and her colleagues at the SAAC. But the latter especially hit home for the up-and-coming med student, as it expressly strives to “directly improve the health and well being of children and families.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to affect our community in a positive way,” said Grossi. “Talking and playing with kids impacted me in a positive way. Every interaction was so meaningful and impacted me a lot.”

So much so that she hopes there will be more of the same, even after she has immersed herself in her future profession. While Grossi has specific goals in mind, she plans on giving back to the sport that has given her so much.

“I do want to get back to hockey after I have settled down into the medical school routine,” she said. “I would love to coach in a couple years and give back to younger players.

“Growing up I had many role models. There was no way that I could have gotten to where I am without these people in my life.”

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