This past week, the U-18 Female Pembina Valley Hawks announced that defender Quinn McLaren has officially committed to Lindenwood University, where she will attend school and suit up for the Lions, beginning in the fall of 2022. The Lions play out of the NCAA’s CHA Conference within the top division.
“I’m very excited to announce that I have committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri,” McLaren shared. “Thank you to my family, coaches, and teammates that have helped me along the way!”
Just 16, the Roland native is in her Grade 11 year at Carman Collegiate, where she also maintains a top level of performance in the classroom. Currently boasting a 97 percent grade point average, the Hawks’ captain will look to carry her ‘Honour Student’ title with her to Lindenwood. Following a year in which she served in a leadership role with Pembina Valley, while earning the league’s top defender award, being named a first team all-star and splitting the Hawks’ MVP with Cora Fijala, McLaren was voted in as the team’s new leader for the 2020-21 season.
Now in her second season within the Manitoba Female U-18 AAA Hockey League, the 5-foot-11, 150-pound blueliner is already on pace to beat her 14 goals, 24 points and 56 penalty minutes from last season. Through six games of 2020-21, McLaren has three goals, four points and six penalty minutes for Pembina Valley.
Led by team captain Courtney Ganske of Killarney (11 goals, 43 points, 57 penalty minutes in 129 career games), the 2019-20 Lions had a difficult year, going 5-24-5 in 34 regular season games prior to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling all hockey activities fo the school and league. The team has taken a new direction in 2020-21 and will certainly welcome the addition of McLaren for the 2021-22 calendar year.
“Quinn McLaren is a physically dominating player who is known for her strong skating and puck skills, to go along with a huge shot,” wrote the MFHL in a league memo. “The MFHL congratulates Quinn on her outstanding accomplishments to date during her U-18 ‘AAA’ career and wishes her all the best with her future academic and hockey endeavours within the MFHL and when she moves on to Lindenwood University.”