By: Monty Mosher
There are many reasons Emma Weatherbie stayed home to play hockey for the UPEI Panthers.
But maybe none was bigger than representing her home province while skating in front of family and friends. Particularly family.
Home is never far from the rink. Her younger brother Ben, almost 10, is a fixture at the UPEI games, saluting the players when times are good and not so good. The love runs both ways.
Emma's father, a champion powerlifter, has been inspirational for her off-season workouts. Her mother and younger sister are never far.
Maybe all of that would have been enough, but Weatherbie, a fifth-year senior now the captain of the Panthers, learned last winter that the Panthers would host the 2019 and 2020 U Sports national women's hockey championship in Charlottetown.
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