The Central York Girls Hockey Association are pleased to announce that
their 2022-23 Jr Panther Ava Flint has committed to play NCAA Women’s Hockey
for the Liberty University Lady Flames in Lynchburg, Virginia for the upcoming
Ava was an integral part of the Central York Panthers Junior team that had a breakout season in 2021-22 and followed that up with another outstanding season this past year. Over the past two seasons the Jr Panthers have accumulated a record of 75-33 with Ava playing a big part in that. Ava is a dominant force every time she steps on the ice. She allowed the Junior Panthers to play a very physical style of game and that style allowed Liberty to see what a great fit Ava would be at the university level. Ava combined her physical style with a drive and determination on the ice that made her very hard to contain. Ava was the missing piece for the 2020-21 team. The Jr Panthers were looking to be a tougher team to play against and Ava gave them that element. She took off from there and became an elite level player by the time the 2022-23 season rolled around. Ava used her relentless commitment to development to improve her shot, hands, and skating to take her from U18AA level hockey to being a standout on one of the best teams in the OWHL U22 Elite league.
“Playing Junior hockey with the Central York Panthers over the past 3 years has taught me a lot. But I am most proud of how I have learned to persevere! My teammates and coaches have helped me become a much stronger person mentally. Hold your head high, work hard, enjoy every minute, be a good teammate and you will find success! The decision I made to come to Central York was the best decision I could have ever made. I will be forever grateful for being a part of this program and meeting the people that I have met, as they are not just my friends they are family. Coach Steve’s dedication to this program, along with the other coaches, and the expectations that he has of all of us, have instilled such an incredible work ethic in us. Holding us to a high standard each day has really helped us achieve our recent successes and have really helped to shape me into the player that I am today”, Ava Flint announced in a statement.
In 2020 the Junior program made a significant effort to build a team first culture that would appeal to other like-minded individuals and Ava was a key piece in that effort. Ava combines a hard working attitude with a very inclusive personality. Her commitment to the program was undeniable as she combined her strong on ice play with a commitment to developing and implementing team core values that would set the stage for future years to come.
Chris Lowes, Head Coach of the Liberty University Lady Flames, is very excited about this signing. “Ava is a strong skater who plays with grit and intensity on the ice. She can play at center or the wing and fits with our on-ice identity that includes speed, playmaking, and defensive responsibility”, commented Coach Lowes.
Central York’s U22AA(Jr) Head Coach Steve Dempsey is very excited about this commitment. “Ava was a diamond in the rough. A scout alerted me about Ava and after watching her for one game I knew that she would be a great piece for our program. Ava helped to transform our program with her determination on the ice and her team first attitude in the room. She has really blossomed in the past two years and has a ton of confidence right now. Her play really took off last year and I really like the pathway that she is on. There is no doubt that Ava is a great player but it is her compete level that will be missed the most. When Ava decides to achieve a goal no one can stop her. Seeing her achieve this goal of getting to play university hockey is very rewarding for me. I am really happy for her but will miss her a lot.”
Ava is scheduled to start the 2023-24 season at Liberty University in September 2023.