Katelyn Rae had plenty of options on where she wanted to play college hockey when she made her decision four years ago.
Billed as a prolific scorer from Courtice, Ontario, she was coming off a 22-goal season in 38 games to lead her junior team, the Whitby Wolves, to the Provincial Women’s Hockey League championship. And that’s nothing to scoff at. The PWHL is regarded as the highest level of junior amateur hockey in hockey-crazed Ontario.
And her career playing juniors is only scratching the surface of her high school success.
So why Merrimack College?
Why did Rae choose the Warriors, at the time an upstart program in it’s first true season competing in Division 1, as the team she was going to attach her college career to?
“Being from a small community myself, I felt at home at a smaller community like Merrimack,” said Rae. “It was also pretty clear that the hockey programs were something that were very special to the school, and being at a school that values hockey was special to me.
“I love that we’ve been pioneers for the program. Looking back, I wouldn’t have made the choice any other way.”
The pairing, quite simply, has been nothing short of exceptional.