Castleton University has announced the commitment of Winnipeg’s own Emerson Shier to the female Spartans hockey program.
The 18-year-old will travel 27 hours south-east to Castleton, Vermont, where she will suit up for the NCAA’s Division III Spartans as one of just three Canadians on the squad. Having played the past two seasons with RINK Hockey Academy in Winnipeg, Shier has certainly been on the receiving end of quality coaching and training leading up to her commitment.
In 23 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games, the 5-foot-5, 145-pound defenceman recorded 12 assists, while helping lead her team both physically and vocally on and off the ice.
Prior to her time with RINK, the recent Shaftesbury High School grad played for the AAA U-18 Central Plains Capitals within the MFHL in 2018-19. Shier has also been a member of the Advantage Hockey Winnipeg’s spring league Manitoba Hurricanes for nine seasons. Shier has also served as a junior coach for two years.
Castleton University plays out of the New England Hockey Conference of the Division III NCAA. The 2019-20 season saw the Spartans go 10-4-2 for 22 points and a second-place finish behind the NEHC Division-leading Norwich University Cadets. Despite finishing second, the team gave up more goals than it created (-4 differential), so Shier’s defensive play will be an asset moving forward.