For Brighton native, Team Colorado AAA star Sutherland, NCAA D-III commitment to Norwich checks all boxes
When Payton Sutherland started looking where to play her college hockey next season, she wanted a school that was strong in hockey and academics.
The Brighton native found just that with Norwich University, an NCAA Division III school located in Northfield, Vt.
“(Norwich) coach Sophie (Leclerc Doherty) had been at the same events, tournaments, and even districts camp, and I was fortunate enough for her to finally contact me after watching a game in Washington D.C.,” said Sutherland. “Norwich was appealing toward me because of their location in the Vermont mountains and the Exercise Science program so I can later get my professional degree. Academics are huge for me and I hope to one day to become a chiropractor with my own practice.”
During her formative years in Colorado, Sutherland developed her game with the Rocky Mountain Lady RoughRiders and Team Colorado AAA.
“I started playing hockey at six years old,” remembered Sutherland. “I took a field trip to Skate City and after the free skate, there were kids playing hockey, I saw it and wanted to try. I played roller hockey for six years before going to play ice hockey. I tried playing goalie when I was 10 years old and fell even more in love with the sport.
“Chris Lockrem, Hannah Westbrook, Karen Rickard, and Julie Howard have been outstanding coaches and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
Looking ahead, Sutherland has her eyes on making an impact, both on and off the ice.
“In hockey, I want to play overseas after my college career,” Sutherland said. “Short term, I want to be the best I’ve ever been my first year at Norwich. Academically, like I said, I want to get my professional degree and open my own practice as a chiropractor.”
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— Matt Mackinder
(May 4, 2023)