This past week, Interlake Lightning defender Erin Yorke officially put pen to paper on a commitment to Lebanon Valley College, where the Winnipeg product will pursue postsecondary studies and continue her hockey career with the Dutchmen, beginning in the fall of 2021.
The 5-foot-6, 135-pound blueliner is in her third season with the Interlake Lightning of the Manitoba Female U-18 AAA Hockey League. Serving as an alternate captain, Yorke leads by example on the back-end, and has also displayed her skill within the Hockey Manitoba Program of Excellence in years past.
“Erin has been a great character player with Interlake,” Interlake head coach Tatiana Rafter said of Yorke. “She leads by example and shows great confidence and promise on the blueline. It has been great to see her believe in herself and her teammates each practice and game. She was a positive influence on the slew of young emerging players we brought in this year.”
The right-handed shooting defenceman is one of four Grade 12 students on the current Lighting roster, while also skating in her third season with the club. In 77 total MFHL games, Yorke has five goals, 11 points and eight penalty minutes.
“It has been a frustrating year with the ever-changing rink/health policies, but Yorke’s commitment to bettering the program never wavered,” Rafter continued. “Erin was given a responsibility to help build up the large group of 14 and 15-year-old players that became part of the program this year. I was proud of the way she made them feel welcome as well as challenging them to push themselves at a higher level. I thank her for being part of rebuilding the program in Interlake and wish her the best in her new adventure at Lebanon Valley College.”
Located in Annville, Pennsylvania, Lebanon Valley plays out of the South Division of the United Collegiate Hockey Conference within the NCAA’s Division III. The Dutchmen finished fifth of six teams within the division in 2019-20, putting up a 5-18-1 record in 24 regular season contests.
“The MFHL wants to congratulation Erin on her outstanding accomplishments to date during her U-18 AAA career,” the MFHL wrote in a statement. “We wish her all the best with her future academic and hockey endeavours while attending Lebanon College.”