Shelley L’Ecuyer dedicated her life to working with children in the Central Massachusetts area, engaging them in a variety of activities leading them towards positive experiences with an emphasis on developing their individual athletic ability and fostering team spirit.
Shelley loved life, her enthusiasm for sports was first and foremost whether it be attending a local “kids” pick up game, refereeing the Fitchburg PD vs the Retired “B’s”, cheering from the stands in the “Garden” or hitting the ice herself, it was all sports…..all the time.
Shelley’s hockey career began at a very early age as a “goal tender”. Her three brother’s and their friends needing someone to “shoot at”. True to form, Shelley eagerly took position, on the local pond. From that moment on, her love for all sports and a real talent for hockey took flight. This lead to two appearances on Mini One on One, as well as filling in as the goal tender for many boys hockey teams years before Women’s hockey was even being considered, and eventually leading to playing in women’s hockey leagues and tournaments around Massachusetts.
Sadly, On February 19, 2010, Shelley died while goaltending during the Fitchburg Women’s League Hockey Tournament, “Have a Heart” which dedicated the raised funds to L.U.K. Crisis Center with whom Shelley had dedicated more than 20 years of her career working with the area’s youth and families in need of services.
Shelley will forever be an inspiration to all whom were lucky enough to have known her and is sadly missed.
2014 saw the third annual Shelley L’Ecuyer award donated by L.U.K. Crisis Center to four youth hockey players. To win this award, players had to write an essay about what hockey means to them. Here are this year’s winners Calixte Davick, Brendan Ware, Sinead Resendes, and Elizabeth “Buffy” Cautela with Mike Roberts (from the L.U.K. Crisis Center) and Ron “Beef” L’Ecuyer (Shelley’s brother):