Emery Bonner Commits To NCAA’s Castleton University
Former Chatham hockey player Emery Bonner has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the Castleton University Spartans.
“I’m very excited to be able to play NCAA hockey. I’ve always wanted to play hockey post-secondary and I’m so thankful that I have this opportunity,” said Bonner, who attended Sandwich Secondary School in LaSalle.
“I chose Castleton because I felt like I was a part of the team before I even committed. The girls on the team were so helpful and fun and I immediately felt included. And Coach Tim (McAuliffe) was so helpful throughout the whole process and gave me so many resources to make my decision easier.
Bonner played Bantam ‘A’ and Midget ‘AA’ for the Chatham Outlaws before advancing to play for the Southwest Wildcats last season.
“Throughout my years in Chatham and Southwest, I have had so many positive role models that have taught me lessons that have impacted not only my hockey career but also my life,” the blueliner said.
“The past two years, I have played with several players who were continuing their sport after high school and one thing that I have learned from all of those players is that you can’t just expect things to be given to you; if you want something, you need to work for it and keep working for it until you get it.”
Bonner, who will study psychology, while achieving a certificate in Speech Pathology, is thankful for those who have helped her achieve this goal, and is excited to start her NCAA career at Castleton.
“I’m so thankful for all of my coaches, previous and present, my parents and all of the lifelong friends I have met through hockey. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”