Hendersonville/Statin Camp senior hockey player Emma Knoll announced on Wednesday that she has committed to play college hockey at King’s College, an NCAA Division III hockey program that competes in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC).
“It’s an absolute dream,” Knoll told Penalty Box Radio when she announced her commitment. “Ever since I started hockey and knowing that it wasn’t too long ago, it was actually in 2012, so to think wow it’s only been six years, but I made it to the NCAA, that’s wonderful. There’s really no words.”
Knoll has tallied 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 44 regular season games for the Hendersonville/Station Camp/Beech Commandos, and she’s also recorded 1 goal and 3 assists in 10 postseason games as well.
The senior forward is nearly a point-per-game player this season with 5 points in 6 games for the 6-1-1, third-place Commandos.
“It’s fun being a senior on the team because you're one of those leaders. And even though I am a girl, the guys look up to me and congratulating me on my accomplishments.”
Knoll said it was a meeting with King’s College assistant coach Megan Ahern at a hockey camp over the summer that initially put King’s College on her radar. After that, a visit to campus and interaction with the staff sold her on the school.
“I met with Megan Ahern, who is the assistant coach at King’s College. She was such a wonderful woman to me. She was so inspiring and she told me before I event went on the ice she knew she wanted me because I was the type of person they were looking for.
“At King’s College, one thing that drew me in was not only do they want to make good hockey players but they wanted to develop and have good people.
“When I visited in September, I visited for four days over homecoming and it was just great. It’s a small, Catholic school and the people are just so down to earth and it’s in a cute little town. It felt like home.”