GWH Blog: Announcing the 2012-13 Roster

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The roster for the 2012-13 hockey season has been announced, and can be found here.

Breaking down the roster:

By Class:

6 Seniors: Megan Bozek, Sam Downey, Katie Frischmann, Mira Jalosuo, Becky Kortum, Noora Raty

5 Juniors: Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders, Amanda Kessel, Kelly Terry

5 Sophomores: Rachael Bona, Jordyn Burns, Meghan Lorence, Rachel Ramsey, Shyler Sletta

6 Freshmen: Hannah Brandt, Brook Garzone, Amanda Leveille, Milica McMillen, Maryanne Menefee, Lee Stecklein

By position:

11 Forwards: Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt, Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Sam Downey, Brook Garzone, Amanda Kessel, Becky Kortum, Meghan Lorence, Maryanne Menefee, Kelly Terry

2 Defensemen/Forwards: Jordyn Burns, Katie Frischmann

6 Defensemen: Megan Bozek, Baylee Gillanders, Mira Jalosuo, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, Lee Stecklein

3 Goalies: Amanda Leveille, Noora Raty, Shyler Sletta

By home state/country:

12 from Minnesota: Rachael Bona, Hannah Brandt, Bethany Brausen, Jordyn Burns, Sam Downey, Katie Frischmann, Becky Kortum, Meghan Lorence, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, Shyler Sletta, Lee Stecklein

1 from Illinois: Megan Bozek

1 from Michigan: Maryanne Menefee

1 from Oklahoma: Brook Garzone

1 from Wisconsin: Amanda Kessel

4 from Canada: Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders, Amanda Leveille, Kelly Terry

2 from Finland: Mira Jalosuo, Noora Raty

Minnesota lost seven seniors to graduation after the 2011-12 campaign, including some prolific scorers as four of the seven scored over 100 points in their careers, while three (Emily West, Jen Schoullis and Sarah Erickson) passed the 150-point mark.

To replace the seven seniors who completed their eligibility, seven newcomers will join the Gopher squad this fall.

Three freshman forwards are joining the ranks in Hannah Brandt, Brook Garzone and Maryanne Menefee.

Brandt played her prep career at Hill-Murray High School, and earned just about every award Minnesota prep hockey has to offer, including the 2012 Ms. Hockey award. She led her team in scoring last season, averaging 3.57 points per game with 82 points on the season. In April, Brandt played with Team USA at the IIHF World Championships in Burlington, Vt., helping the Americans to a silver medal.

Garzone comes to the Gopher program from Shattuck-St. Mary's High School, where she helped her team reach the semifinals in the 2012 National Championships where they lost 2-1 in overtime to the eventual national champion. Garzone scored 60 points last season, averaging 1.13 per game.

Menefee played for the Little Caesar's Hockey Club in Michigan, and was a member of the U.S. Under-18 Team that earned a silver medal at the U18 World Championships in January.

Three newcomers will be added to the defensive corp in freshmen Lee Stecklein and Milica McMillen, while sophomore transfer Jordyn Burns returns to her home state after playing one season at Syracuse.  

Stecklein comes to the Gophers after a prep career at Roseville High School, leading her team to second place at the Class AA State Tournament. She scored 34 points last season (1.31 ppg) and was her team's scoring leader among defensemen. Stecklein was named to the All-Metro teams by both the Star Tribune and Pioneer press, and was a finalist for the Ms. Hockey Award. She represented the U.S. at the Under-18 World Championships in January, helping Team USA to a silver medal.

McMillen played for the Breck School, where she led her team to the Class A State Championship. McMillen had the assist on the gamewinner in the championship game, and played every minute of the title game for Breck. She led her team in scoring with 55 points on the season, averaging 1.9 per game. McMillen played with Team USA at the 2011 Twelve Nations Invitational. A finalist for the Ms. Hockey Award, McMillen was named to the All-Metro teams by the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.

Burns, who played prep hockey at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School, returns to Minnesota after spending her freshman season at Syracuse. As a freshman, Burns played in all 35 games, scoring two goals and eight assists. She is primarily a defenseman, but could also see ice time as a forward. Since she is transferring from a school outside the WCHA, Burns will not have to sit out a season, and will be able to play in 2012-13.

Amanda Leveille is the lone goalie joining the Gopher program this fall, meaning Minnesota will have three goalies available for the upcoming season. Leveille hails from Kingston, Ontario and played with the Ottawa Lady Senators. She held a goals against average of 1.71 last season, playing in 35 games.

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