GOING FOR GOLD: Princeton University women’s hockey player Sarah Fillier ’24 celebrates after helping Canada defeat the U.S. 3-2 in the title game of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championships last August in Calgary, Alberta. This week, forward Fillier will be skating for Team Canada as it starts play in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Hockey Canada, provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)
By Justin Feil
The Princeton University women’s ice hockey program is excited for the return in the 2022-23 season of a vastly improved Sarah Fillier.
Star forward Fillier hasn’t played for the Tigers since being named Most Outstanding Player as the Tigers won their first ECAC Hockey Championship in the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season, but she’s been elevating her game during the last two years away while on a leave of absence from the University.
“I’m a completely different player than I was two years ago,” said Fillier. “Even if I wasn’t here being centralized, just that year off and completely focusing on hockey and training with the national team before centralization, I would have been a completely different player.”
Fillier put her college junior season on hold to chase a lifelong dream, one that came to fruition when she made Canada’s centralization roster for training, then was selected to their World Championship roster, and recently was named to the Canadian national women’s team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics along with former Princeton teammate, Claire Thompson ’20.
Fillier is hoping to return to Princeton next fall with improved skills as well as a second gold medal. Fillier and Thompson helped Canada win the World Championships in August. Each step has brought with it improvements in her game.
“Going into Worlds, my whole mentality was just trying to gain a lot of confidence,” said Fillier, a 5’5 native of Georgetown, Ontario. more