Meet the Player: Truter keeps eternal perspective on hockey career, life at Liberty
Yannick Truter, a rising senior forward on Liberty University’s four-time defending ACHA Division I national championship women’s hockey team from Victoria, British Columbia, lived in South Africa until the age of 4 when her family moved to Newfoundland, Canada.
“When we got there, there was nothing to do in that town except go to the rink,” Truter said. “I first started figure skating, but it was quickly learned that I’m just not a graceful person at all, and I can’t dance. So hockey was the next thing I went to and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Truter, who is studying finance and accounting through the School of Business, became the third Lady Flames player in the past four seasons to be named the Zoe Harris Award winner this season, recognizing her as the ACHA DI Player of the Year.
“When I was graduating from high school, the first thing I was looking for was a Christian university,” Truter said. “I learned about Liberty in grade 11 and came and visited, and it was just an amazing atmosphere. Everybody loved the Lord, and the hockey team was so good, so that’s how I learned about it, and here I am.”
Truter’s favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 12:1, which reads: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
“There are so many distractions in this world, so many sins that hurt you and put you off the right track, but if you keep your eyes on the Lord and you have eternity stamped on your eyelids … it changes everything you do,” Truter said. “It changes your attitude in every situation, in every circumstance, and it gives you this hope and this peace that whatever’s happening right now, eventually I will be with the Lord, and whatever I do right now counts toward His Kingdom for eternity. What I do matters. Who I am matters. What I say matters. There’s a purpose to life.”
Truter is featured on this segment of “Meet the Player,” produced by Patrick Strawn/Club Sports Director of Video & Media