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    April 14, 2022 Alberta, Canada RSS |

    Emerson Oakes, a defenseman from Alberta, Canada, who served as a captain and was named Most Valuable Player of her Lloydminster PWM Steelers elite female hockey team this past season, recently signed her letter of intent to continue her career this fall at Liberty University on the four-time-defending ACHA Division I national champion women’s hockey team.

    “We are excited to announce the first defensive commit for the Fall 2022 class,” Lady Flames Head Coach Chris Lowes said. “Emerson is a talented athlete, great student, good teammate, and we are excited to be adding her to our program.”

    Lowes and Assistant Coach Justin Forth welcomed Oakes for an official campus visit in March after following her career in Alberta quite closely since this past fall.

    ‘We were excited to have her on campus for an official visit a few weeks ago,” Lowes said. “Once we had the chance to spend some time with her, and she was able to interact with the girls, it was clear we wanted her in a Flames jersey for her collegiate career.”

    She has continued to develop her game throughout her career and looks to take it to the next level at Liberty.

    Oakes signs her letter of intent to join the Lady Flames while pursuing her biomedical sciences (pre-med) degree at Liberty.

    “I would describe myself as a dependable defenseman with good foot speed, a high compete level, and good vision of the ice,” Oakes said. “I win my battles and I am always looking for ways to make my game better.

    Lowes said she will help fill the void left by two elite graduate defensemen, Dana McLeod and Sally Hoerr, and complement senior Aislyn Stretch, who will begin graduate school in the fall.

    “Emerson is a very good athlete with a well-rounded skill set,” he said. “She moves well, likes having the puck on her stick, and can make a clean first pass or initiate the rush.”

    He said Oakes’ toughness and athleticism is similar to that of Stretch, who was the Lady Flames’ most consistent and reliable defenseman in the defensive zone this season, and will frustrate opposing teams’ offenses.

    “I really like what Emerson adds to our group, and believe she will have success in all areas as a student-athlete at Liberty,” Lowes said. “We are excited to get Emerson here and begin her journey as a Flame.”

    Oakes also competed in track and field and played badminton in high school, strengthening her physique, increasing her speed, and improving her hand-eye coordination for hockey. She also studied piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music for most of her formative years from elementary through high school.

    With the Lloydminster PWM Steelers, she was named Rookie of the Year in 2019-20 and the team’s top defenseman and MVP for this past season.

    Oakes plans to pursue a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Med) at Liberty.

    “I chose Liberty because when I was looking into universities, I wanted to attend one that offered both high quality education in my areas of interest and a great hockey program,” she said. “I can’t wait to go to a university where I have a group of girls who act like a second family. I am excited to develop even more as a player and a teammate. The discipline of hockey helps me do better in my academic life as well. I can’t wait to see what happens in the 2022-23 season.”