Mills will add speed, scoring touch to Lady Flames' front line
July 17, 2019 | Bowmanville, Ontario
On top of finalizing its six-member recruiting class for the 2019-20 season, Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team is already receiving a few early commitments for next year's incoming class.
The first recruit of this summer's early signing period is Abbey Mills, a rising senior forward for the Clarington (Ontario) Flames' Midget AA program who led the team in scoring this past season. She visited Liberty's campus for its women's hockey prospect camp in April, when she practiced with the team and confirmed the coaches' scouting reports.
"We followed Abbey quite closely this past season as she got the attention of our recruiters right away," said third-year Head Coach Chris Lowes. "We are excited to have her join our team. She is a talented hockey player — a highly skilled forward and an elite skater — but also a young women with character and positive energy who embodies what we look for. She brings a lot of energy and a high compete level which will impact our team in practices and games. Her skill set will allow her to produce offensively at a high level and also be defensively responsible."
|Abbey Mills signs her letter of intent to join the Lady Flames in Fall 2020.|
A standout in the Clarington Flames' organization since she was 4, Mills is thrilled about the prospects of joining the Lady Flames' attack in Fall 2020.
"After being selected to join Liberty's DI women's hockey prospect camp and visiting the campus, I could not envision myself attending another university," Mills said. "The life on campus … left me completely speechless. The coaching staff and the team made my experience one I could never give up, and I am proud to be committed to Liberty University for the 2020-21 season. I will bring my passion, leadership and positive attitude to Liberty, as I continue my hockey career as a Flame."
The 5-foot, 3-inch, 120-pound speedster is undecided about what degree she will pursue at Liberty, but expects hockey to remain a major part of her life.
"Playing hockey at the university level has been a goal of mine since I was 10 years old, and I am excited to become a part of this new hockey family," she said. "Being a (Clarington) Flame has taught me the love I have for the game, as well as the skills I have developed over the years. I bring speed, a strong work ethic on and off the ice, as well as knowledge for understanding the sport. I am so excited for my future at Liberty and traveling to new places and sharing these new experiences with new teammates."