|Jr Flyers Girls - College List|
|First Name||Last Name||School||Year|
Cornell U. (NCAA D-I)
UConn (NCAA D-I)
|Ava||Rinker*||UConn (NCAA D-I)||2021-22|
|Emma||Simpson*||Buffalo State U. (NCAA D-III)||2019-20|
|Katelyn||Brightbill||Franklin Pierce College (NCAA D-II)||2019-20|
|Annika||Neufeld-Kreider||SUNY Cortland (NCAA D-III)||2018-19|
|Delaney||Carle||Nazareth College (NCAA D-III)||2018-19|
|Miki||Rubin||Nazareth College (NCAA D-III)||2018-19|
|Taylor||Cullen||Neumann U. (NCAA D-III)||2018-19|
|Morgan||Cullen||Univ. of Delaware (ACHA D-I)||2018-19|
|Jacy||Kuhlman||Endicott College (NCAA D-III)||2018-19|
|Jennifer||Porter||Syracuse U. (ACHA D-I)||2018-19|
|Libby||Barbato||St. Norbert's College (NCAA D-III)||2017-18|
|Alexa||Weiderhold||SUNY Canton (NCAA D-III)||2017-18|
|Kate||Winstanley||Norwich U. (NCAA D-III)||2017-18|
|Abby||Shows||Stevenson U. (NCAA D-III)||2017-18|
|Nina||Pugliese||Lebanon Valley College (NCAA D-III)||2017-18|
|Erin||Bonner||Penn State U. (ACHA D-I)||2017-18|
The Philadelphia Jr Flyers are proud to announce the commitment of 16U Defenseman Alexa Davis to Cornell University, member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), for the 2021-22 season. The Cornell Big Red are one of 3 ECAC teams qualified for the upcoming 2019 NCAA D-I Women’s Tournament, along with Princeton and Clarkson. Other teams participating in the ECAC are: Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Quinnipiac, RPI, St. Lawrence, Union, and Yale.
Davis is the third D-I commit on the current 16UAAA roster; first Ivy-Leaguer. The Philadelphia Hockey Academy sophomore is a game-changer that gets up and down the ice effortlessly with her length and skating ability. The 5’7”, 125-lbs. defenseman plays a flashy game that creates a lot of offense due to her heavy shot, great vision, and creativity.
“Alexa is a tremendous player and still has so much potential. Her athleticism and skill set are obvious, but she has really refined her game these past 2 seasons and become a much more well-rounded defenseman that can contribute in a variety of ways,” said 16U coach Chris Baer. “She’s a special player and a great person and we are so thrilled for her to get this opportunity.”
Cornell University, located in Ithaca, NY, has a long and prestigious history, along with one of the best atmospheres in NCAA women’s hockey at Lynah Rink. When speaking of Cornell, Davis stated “I feel like it suits me best...everything about it is great - from the campus to the athletics to the academics.”
Congratulations to Alexa and to parents, Steve & Tracey!
WEST CHESTER, PA - The Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Girls program is excited to announce the verbal commitment of 16U forward, Riley Grimley, to play her college hockey at the University of Connecticut in 2021-22. UConn competes in the NCAA’s-renowned Hockey East division. Grimley will join current teammate, Ava Rinker (committed last fall), at UConn in 2021-22.
The smooth-skating Grimley is a dynamic forward, who possesses excellent vision and anticipation that allow her to see layers of the ice extremely well. Grimley is a versatile player that is effective in all situations; the future Husky plays Center & LW and is top penalty killer, as well as a top threat on the PP. The 5’4”, 145-pound forward currently has 16 goals and 15 assists (31 points) through 34 games for the 16UAAA team.
An ecstatic Grimley made her announcement through Instagram yesterday, stating “Honored to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut. Thanks to everyone who helped me get this far. #pullthesled”. The post featured the UConn Huskies logo – a logo that is familiar in the Grimley household. Both parents, Denise and Keith, are UConn alumni.
Riley played for her father, Keith, for several years at Valley Forge before making the jump to girls’ hockey. When asked about the commitment, Keith said, “We have been watching Riley play since she was 3 years old and it’s exciting to see her achieve her goals. She has worked extremely hard. We are so proud of her.”
Congratulations, Riley! Keep up the great work.
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WEST CHESTER, PA— The Philadelphia Jr Flyers are proud to announce the commitment of 19U Girls defenseman, Ava Rinker, to the UConn Huskies for the 2021-22 season. The Huskies compete in the prestigious Hockey East, which includes Boston College, Boston University, Maine, UMass, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack, UNH, Northeastern, Providence, and Vermont.
Despite only being a freshman at Owen J. Roberts High School, Rinker is entering her 3rd season with the Jr Flyers top girls team. Ava is a skilled two-way defenseman that can be relied upon in all situations and possesses a high hockey-IQ, as well as an excellent stride and shot release.
Rinker has been on the radars of Division 1 colleges since middle school due to her high level of play against bigger and older competition. Ultimately, Ava’s goal was to play in Hockey East and she decided that UConn was the right fit for her. She loved the campus, team playing style, coaching staff, and academics. Ava said she is excited that UConn is shifting towards a more aggressive system that will allow the defenseman to get up ice and push the pace of the play , which she says will suit her style of play.
Rinker’s connection to UConn dates back to 2010 when current UConn assistant coach, Casey Handrahan, noticed her at a OneHockey Squirt tournament. She has maintained a relationship with Casey through the years and feels that the UConn coaching staff is very committed to the program and to their players. Rinker said the campus in general just “felt like a community. And it felt like it could be my home for 4 years”.
Ava is the first NCAA Division 1 commit from the Philadelphia Jr Flyers Girls program. She is extremely deserving of the opportunity and we wish her the best!