For Littleton native, Team Colorado AAA standout Gerrie, commitment to NCAA D-III Plymouth State checks all boxes
Aside from a short stint in Vermont, Emily Gerrie has spent her entire hockey career in Colorado.
A Littleton native currently starring for the Team Colorado AAA program, Gerrie will venturing east for a longer stint next spring with her recent commitment to NCAA Division III Plymouth State University, a school located in the towns of Plymouth and Holderness, N.H.
“My coach Hannah Westbrook got me in contact with Mollie Fitzpatrick, the head coach from Plymouth State, and we spent a few weeks talking and she watched a bunch of my games,” Gerrie said. “Then I talked to my parents and some friends and applied to the school and made my decision to go to Plymouth next spring. Mollie is a very cool person and so easy to talk to. We got along great, she showed me the facilities at Plymouth, and I was instantly drawn to the school. Plus, it’s out east near where my sister plays soccer and I have some friends who go there, too.
Gerrie said that while the hockey program is a major appeal, the classroom aspect of college also drew her to Plymouth State.
“Academics have always been a priority to me,” said Gerrie. “I worked hard in high school and that helped me get into a lot of schools I applied to for college. It also gave me scholarship opportunities.”
Growing up, Gerrie started skating when she was about four years old at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, where she has lived her whole life.
“The reason I got into hockey is because my dad played for a beer league, and I always loved watching him play,” Gerrie said. “I grew up playing for the Colorado Select for about six years. A coach that stood out to me and taught me a lot during my years with Select was Evan Minnick. During my first 14U year with the Colorado Select, I joined the first Team Colorado 14U AAA team and played AA and AAA. For my second year of 14U, I moved to the Littleton Hawks and also played for the NAHA Prospects, a AAA team out of Vermont. I played for both those teams and learned a lot from my Littleton coaches Eric Mayhew, Drue Engleman and my NAHA coach Hannah Westbrook. Shortly after that year at Littleton and with NAHA, I joined Team Colorado for my 16U year and have played with TC ever since.
“One of my favorite Team Colorado coaches is Chris Lockrem. He coached me my first year of 19U, and I learned how to be a good teammate and friend and also became a better hockey player. I still look up to him and his coaching style, and I hope to be a coach like him someday.”
Looking ahead, Gerrie has her priorities ready to be tackled.
“My short-term goals for hockey are to have a fun and successful four years at Plymouth State,” said Gerrie. “My long-term goals are to help Plymouth move up in the NCAA rankings and become an underdog team. With my academics, I want to find a major that I’m interested in and something I can use in my future life after college. I’m excited to learn new things and find a subject and major that excites me.”
Photo provided by Emily Gerrie
— Matt Mackinder
(December 20, 2022)