This month’s alumni spotlight focuses on Lucas Lemieux.
Hockey has been in Lucas Lemieux’s life for as long as he can remember.
“I started playing hockey when I was four-years-old,” Lemieux said. “My older brother (Alex) played, and I could not wait to start and play on a team like him. I loved being as the rink watching his games and practices.”
Lemieux’s brother wasn’t the only influence on his hockey career. The 18-year-old defenceman who grew up in Edmonton, played his minor hockey career with the Confederation Hockey Club, Southwest Zone Hockey Association, and the Southside Athletic Club. He said his entire family played a large part in getting him on the ice.
“My dad started coaching me when I was very young, and he has always been my biggest cheerleader. My mom never missed a single event and understands the commitment to reach your goals because she played on the national ringette team, as well as university basketball. She has always believed in me and encouraged me to chase my dreams,” said Lemieux.
“My older brother, Alex, is a fierce athlete and has many accomplishments himself including playing NCAA Division I lacrosse. I have learned so much from him regarding preparation and sacrifice. Finally, my younger brother, Mathieu, is also an incredible athlete which is amazing because he was born with a severe medical condition. He must work three times as had as anyone else but never gives up. It is truly inspirational. When you have a family that supports and believes in you, anything is possible. Without them I would not have gotten to where I am (in hockey) and I am very grateful.”
Lemieux is in his second season with the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL and has committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of the NCAA for the 2025-26 season. Looking back on everything hockey has given him, he had one piece of advice.
“Always believe in yourself,” said Lemieux. “Undoubtedly you will come across someone that does not have the same belief in you as you do in yourself.”
“As long as you stay positive and focus on what you can control, you will continue to move in the right direction. If you believe in yourself you can overcome any obstacles.”