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    January 23, 2023 Peterborough, Ontario RSS |

    Ava Flint, the second Fall 2023 commitment and first forward recruit for Liberty University’s ACHA Division I women’s hockey team, hopes to make an immediate impact on the program that has won the past four national titles and only had its ACHA-record 57-game winning streak snapped in overtime on Friday.

    She also plays basketball and soccer for her St. Peters Secondary School teams in Peterborough, Ontario, where she was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year last June after being named MVP of both her hockey and basketball teams. She enjoys playing beach volleyball and doing water sports in the summer months, but hockey is her first love and she will bring dynamic skills onto the ice as well as a lighthearted personality into the locker room.

    “I am a hard-working, tenacious, and determined hockey player who makes a difference each and every time I am on the ice,” Flint said in email correspondence with Lady Flames Head Coach Chris Lowes. “I have a strong shot and I can cause problems in front of the net, hindering the view of the goalie and tipping in shots from the point. My goofy sense of humor combined with my passion for the game make me well-liked by both my teammates and coaches.”

    Flint, who earned Specialist High Skills Majors in Sports Excellence and Leadership as well as Hospitality and Tourism at St. Peters Secondary last June, plans to pursue a B.Ed. in Health and Physical Education at Liberty. She was blown away when she visited campus and especially the LaHaye Ice Center.

    “When I visited the campus, I felt the strong sense of community and knew that I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “I also connected with Coach Lowes and the other members of the women’s hockey coaching staff (and) the hockey facility is pretty amazing as well. I am most excited to experience being on such an amazing hockey team while making many new friends.”

    Lowes said the brand of hockey Flint has played at St. Peters, as well as on the Central York Panthers of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) over the past season, will translate well to the ACHA and help the Lady Flames, who are graduating several key players this season, maintain their standards of excellence for the future.

    “Ava is a strong skater who plays with grit and intensity on the ice,” Lowes added. “I believe she can play and have an impact at the next level. I’m excited for Ava to join our program and to watch her grow as she transitions to the college game and contributes to our future success.”

    Flint’s versatility as a player and high expectations for herself and her teammates will make her invaluable on the ice,

    “She can play at center or the wing and fits in with our on-ice identity that includes speed, playmaking, and defense responsibility,” he said. “Compete and intensity are tough things to teach, and I think Ava will help elevate the level of our practices, which will improve our game performance.”