Kristin Huber says she is ready to make the jump from academy hockey to americn college hockey.
After playing three years with the Pursuit of Excellence, Huber, 18, has signed an NCAA scholarship deal at Bemidji State University beginning next season.
“I’m really excited to be going away for school and hockey,” said Huber. “It should be a big step but I’m excited to meet new people and play for the team.”
Huber began playing hockey in West Kelowna’s minor hockey system as an atom player playing with the boys. She then moved to Kelowna Minor Hockey where she played two years of peewee and two more at the bantam level with all-girls teams before joining the POE for the past three years.
Huber says her game has evolved over those years.
“My skating has gotten way better and my shot and my overall hockey sense has improved for the past three years,” she said.
Huber had a few other options to continue her hockey career but the choice came down to two NCAA schools: Either Bemidji or St. Cloud State.
On an official visit to Bemidji, which is located in the state of Minnesota, Huber was convinced it was the right place to go.
“When I went there I really liked what I saw,” she said. “The coaches were very nice and I felt more at home at Bemidji. It’s a smaller school and a smaller campus.”
Huber’s academic plans include chasing a bachelor of science in exercise science with the goal of getting into sports training once she is done with school and hockey.
Moving away from home to chase those goals comes with some trepidation.
“I think it will be way different to move away from home,” she admitted. “I’ve never been away for more than three weeks. It will be a really big change but I have a roommate who will play on the hockey team. I think it will be hard for the first month or so but I will get adjusted.”
Huber will head for Minnesota and the next phase of her hockey career in mid August.