If there was ever one good thing about the pandemic, it’s that it gave Emma Elders the opportunity to research college hockey programs and medical schools across Canada.
The 18-year-old Coldstream resident, who plays as a forward for the Kelowna Rink Hockey Academy‘s Women’s Under-18 Preparation Team, will continue her education and hockey career in the East in 2022 -2023, by engaging with the Varsity Blues at the University of Toronto.
âWith COVID canceling our games last year, I stayed and started researching,â Elders said.
The Varsity Blues are currently the No. 1 ranked women’s hockey team in Canada U-SPORTS, while the university’s medical school is ranked 14th in the world. Elders plans to study the Life Sciences program at the undergraduate level and specialize in Neuroscience at the graduate level.
The Seniors got help connecting with the University of Toronto from head coach Kris Hogg and skills coach Glen Carnegie through their connection to the Blues.
âThe Toronto coach spoke to me, asked if I was interested in playing in Toronto,â said Elders, who became convinced the Varsity Blues and the school were for her on a trip. pre-Christmas counseling on campus.
âIt’s definitely a good choice for me. I stayed with girls who will be my teammates and I had some crazy stories.
Elders is in his second season with RHA Kelowna. In 14 games this season, she has seven goals and five assists. It comes naturally through its ability to score goals.
His father is Jason Elders, two-time Vernon Lakers Centennial Cup winner, who scored 90 regular-season goals in two seasons with the BC Hockey League club in 1989-90 and 1990-91, earning a scholarship to the University of Denver.
âI started playing when I was 10 and you can tell I still love playing hockey,â said Elders, a huge NHL Pittsburgh Penguins fan and his superstar captain, Sidney Crosby. âMy mom (Nell) and dad are my biggest supporters. They helped me every step of the way. With every decision I made, they said, âGo ahead. “
Elders is the seventh player on the RHA U18 prep team to earn a post-secondary scholarship, and the first to enroll at a Canadian school.
Her teammates Brooke Disher, Jade Iginla, Mia Kenmore, Kayla Kutes, Sophie McKinley and Sara Swiderski have all won NCAA scholarships.