Sienna D'Alessandro was just 4 years old when she told her mom she wanted to trade in her figure skates for hockey gear. Her parents had little information on what was offered for girls hockey and hesitated before signing her up for the MAHG Hockey Féminin program in Laval. Already ahead of her age group in height and skills on the ice, her competitive spirit propelled her to the next level. Sienna was surclassed to play Novice C, where she played for 2 years. At this point, her parents' decision to let Sienna tryout for one of the boys Novice A teams at Laval-Nord would mark the beginning of her growth and success. If you know Sienna today and you've seen her tear up the ice with her current LSL Lions South Peewee AAA Major team, you would not be surprised to learn that she's been an impact player, playing at an elite level with the boys ever since.
Sienna's Playing History
-Novice C, Hockey Féminin Laval (2 years)
-Novice A, Laval-Nord Remparts (2 years)
-Atom BB, Laval-Nord Cobras (Atom AA was not introduced yet by Hockey Quebec)
-Atom AA, Lakeshore Panthers
-Peewee AAA Minor, LSL Lions South
-Peewee AAA Major, LSL Lions South
This past summer, Sienna was chosen for the U16 girls hockey program by Hockey Quebec as one of only two 12 year olds.
In 2018, Sienna was 1of 3 first year players to be selected for the girls team coached by Caroline Ouellette that went to the International Peewee Quebec tournament. Rising above the pressure of being a first year player at such a prestigious event, Sienna finished the tournament tied for the team lead in goal scoring. She will be relied upon heavily by Caroline Ouellette to lead this year's team as she will be wearing the "C" on her jersey.
Family Is Everything
To fully understand Sienna and how she got to where she is today, you need to know more about her roots. Sienna has no shortages of mentors within her family circle as hockey runs fairly deep in the D'Alessandro family. Her cousin, Anthony DeLuca, currently plays professional hockey in Europe (EIHL) and was a scoring machine in his 3 years with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL averaging over a point a game. In his 2nd year of Midget AAA, Anthony played for the LSL Lions where he had an incredible statistical year scoring 48 goals and 32 assists in just 48 games.
Sienna's brother, Nevio D'Alessandro, has quite the hockey resume himself. Nevio, who is a late 2004 born, is currently playing defense for the LSL Lions South Bantam AAA Major team. Although many hockey players can go years without winning any type of tournament or championship, that is simply not the case for Nevio. He has won the Dodge Cup at both the Atom BB and Peewee AAA Major level including numerous tournament championships at all levels he's played at. In fact, his LSL Lions South Peewee AAA Major team 2 years ago was so good that they never lost to another Quebec based team going through a perfect season. That team was coached by Gino Iannuzzi who also coaches Sienna's current LSL Lions South Peewee AAA Major team. Gino has coached lots of talented players the past few years and recently opened up "The Hockey Lab", a training facility that specializes in the art of shooting.
"Sienna is a dominant force on the ice with great vision and an effective shot. She has the ability to be a game changer and somebody you can rely on in every important game situation." Gino describes Sienna. Further, this past season, Gino decided to have Sienna play both as a defenseman and a forward depending on the opponent. Most players at this age have a difficult time playing just one position, but when watching Sienna's games, you can tell she has an impact no matter which position she plays. When asked which position she prefers, she will tell you that she would rather play as a forward as she finds it more challenging and she feels she can help the team more.
Sienna is capable of rising up to any challenge no matter the age, gender, or stage. In her first year of Atom, she got called up to play on her brother Nevio's Laval-Nord Peewee BB team. Her parents remember the game vividly. Nevio and Sienna were paired together on defense while playing against the 2nd place team in the league. Their team won the game and they were important pieces to the win.
One on One with Sienna
Is there a particular significance to your jersey number?
My jersey number this year for the Lions is 16. I wanted 15 because my cousin (Anthony DeLuca) was 15 at Rimouski (QMJHL) and it also represents my birthday, 1st month, 5th day.
What do you think all good coaches have in common?
They always put the hardest working players on the ice.
What do you have in your hockey bag that might surprise some people?
(Laughs) A little yellow ball that I've had since I'm 7 years old.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Marie-Philip Poulin, she's the captain of Team Canada today. I met her when selections were being made for the Peewee Quebec tournament. I did her camp in the summer. She's a good leader, makes you feel like you're part of the team. She has a positive attitude and she's always encouraging everyone.
What are your short term and long term goals in hockey?
My short term goal is to make the U18 team at 16 years old and my long term goal is to be captain of Team Canada one day.
Can you describe any "nail-biting" incidents that ended well?
At this years Christmas Caroline Ouelette tournament, we were losing 2-1 and I scored with 30 seconds left to play. The game went into a shootout. I was the 2nd player chosen to shoot and I scored to win the game.
What are your strategies to balance sports and school work?
I have a routine. I come home from school at 3 pm and do homework right away. I go to hockey, finish my homework if I have any left after hockey. I discovered how to time manage and now it's easy as long as I stick to the routine. I'm on the Honor Roll so I guess I must be doing something right.
For a top athlete, how much time is spent training and practicing?
I do off ice training twice a week. I have team skills practices twice a week for two and a half hours. I have one team practice and 1 or 2 games per week. I also do Saturday morning individual skills with 360 Hockey Training.
What have you learned about yourself while playing elite hockey?
I like to win, I do not like losing.
Describe what you do in training that contributes to your success?
The Saturday morning R&K training pushes me to work on my stickhandling and puck control. We do a lot of battle drills and puck protection which really helps me in games.
What is the role of your parents?
My parents are always there to push me and motivate me. They are basically my #1 fans. They make sure I don't let the highs get too high and the lows get too low.
What words of advice do you have to share with younger athletes?
I would tell younger athletes that nothing comes easy, you have to put in the work and earn it. If you don't get the results you want, don't give up and keep working hard.
What excites you most about a future playing hockey?