As one of the elite junior women’s hockey defenders in all of Canada, Emma Korbs is a key part of the Toronto Jr. Aeros success in 2012-13. The Provincial Women’s Hockey League franchise has developed some elite talent on the blueline in recent years, including former Canadian U18 team captain Erin Ambrose.
In August 2012, Korbs had the opportunity to participate with the Canadian Under-18 National Team. As part of a three game exhibition series at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, against the United States U18 squad, Korbs was very proud to don the Team Canada sweater.
“It was the best experience of my entire life!” proudly proclaimed Korbs.
During the first contest in the three game set, Korbs logged an assist in a 3-2 win on August 16.
“The most rewarding thing was walking into the locker room and seeing my name plate on the back of the jersey. In the first game, at warm up, seeing everyone’s jerseys with their names on the back, it was just incredible!”
The three game series was a very tightly contested series.
“We won the first, lost the second, and then tied the third. We went to a shootout (in the third) and we scored the final goal (to win). That was the highlight for me,” declared Korbs.
Having played in 11 countries, the articulate Korbs is well-traveled.
“I played with the East Coast Selects. We were a travel team when we got together. One year, we played in Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. I have also played in Germany, Switzerland, and Czech Republic.”
In having visited so many countries, Korbs has some fond memories, “In terms of a beautiful country, Italy stood out. For hockey, I would say Sweden. We only lost 1 game there and it was against a Finns boy’s team. Against the Swedish girl’s team, it was a close game, and we played in a shootout. We had dinner with them after a game, and got to know them. The following year, two of them traveled with us.”
A former member of the Jr. Aeros feeder team, (the Aeros Midget AA team), Korbs had the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Esso Cup. A national tournament for the top Midget AA teams in Canada, Korbs helped the Midget AA Aeros to a bronze medal. In addition, she was awarded the Top Defender Award of the tournament.
“That was a great, great thing. I was just overwhelmed with happiness,” proclaimed Korbs. “There was a banquet and it was a fun time. Earlier in the day, we lost our game but I remember the awards ceremony. You would see the award winners and it was, Oh my gosh, that person is so good. We played against each other. When they announced my name, I was taken aback. It was rewarding and really nice.”
Like all the girls that compete in elite junior women’s hockey in the PWHL, Korbs knows that balancing the academic demands of high school and hockey is important.
“We have two girls on the team that are very, very smart, and they are going to Princeton. Both are aspiring to be doctors. They help out with everyone, and they tutor us when we need it.”
In November 2012, Korbs had the opportunity to compete for Team Ontario Red at the Canadian Under-18 Nationals in Dawson Creek, BC. She was joined on the squad by fellow Jr. Aeros Breanne Grant, Jr. Aeros captain Emma Greco, Lauren Wildfang, and Breanne Wilson-Bennett. Their head coach on Team Ontario Red was Jr. Aeros head coach Dave Gwyn.
“As head coach of the Red team, I was used to the style of his coaching. Last year, I played on Team Ontario Blue and he was one of my coaches. I know his system and my role on the team.” Korbs would help the squad win a bronze medal.
“I am so excited. I am over the moon,” proudly proclaimed Korbs.
“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”