Gopher Hold Preseason Media Day

Head coach Brad Frost, senior captain Rachael Bona and sophomore assistant captain Lee Stecklein previewed the 2014-15 season at the annual preseason media day for Gopher women's hockey yesterday.

BTN Women's Report Features Frost

Head coach Brad Frost appeared on the Big Ten Network's Women's Report this week. Watch the clip below.

Gopher Alum to Co-Host Sports Show

ToriKrissy_3.jpg

Gopher women's hockey alum Krissy Wendell has been named the co-host of a Minnesota high school sports television program airing on 45TV this year. The two-time Olympian will co-host MN Prep Spotlight with Tori Holt. The first installment of the half-hour show is set to air at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

School Space Media is partnering with Hubbard Broadcasting to air the program on 45TV. MN Prep Spotlight will cover "human interest features and highlights/scores on all parts of Minnesota high school athletics." The program is scheduled to run through the end of the Minnesota State High School League Baseball Tournament and will cover all MSHSL sanctioned athletics.

"I am really excited to join the show," Wendell said. "I have always talked about how passionate I am regarding high school athletics, and I am very eager to get started this coming fall."

"Adding Krissy to our team demonstrates our commitment to providing knowledgeable and insightful analysis into prep sports in Minnesota," said School Space Media's President Brian Nicholson. "Her experience as a prep athlete, a two-time Olympian and lifelong athlete helps Prep Spotlight share stories of interesting and exceptional young athletes and those who help shape them."

Wendell competed for the Gophers for three seasons from 2002-03 through 2004-05. She was a three-time All-American and the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. Wendell still ranks second in Gopher women's hockey career scoring with 237 points (106 goals, 131 assists). In addition to winning two NCAA national championships with the Gophers, Wendell competed for Team USA in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Wendell recently joined 45TV as a studio analyst during the MSHSL Girls Hockey Tournament as well.

U22 Series Game 3: USA Wins, Sweeps Canada

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team earned a three-game sweep over Canada in the 2014 Under-22 Series with a 3-2 shootout victory in game three on Sunday. The U.S. rallied to tie the game at 2-2, scoring two goals in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime.

With Canada leading 2-0 late in the game, Hannah Brandt redirected a shot by Lee Stecklein on the power play to cut Canada's lead to one. Alex Carpenter then scored the game-tying goal for the U.S. just 29 seconds later. Neither team scored in overtime to send the game to a shootout. Carpenter also scored twice in the shootout to help secure the U.S. victory.

The U.S. won 2-1 and 6-0 in the first two games of the series. Fellow Gophers Milica McMillen and Dani Cameranesi (2G) joined Brandt (1G-3A) and Stecklein (1A) in representing the Maroon and Gold on the U.S. squad. The Gopher quartet combined for seven points in the series, led by Brandt's four points.

Catch up on highlights and tweets from game three of the series.

U22 Series Game 2: USA Wins 6-0

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team picked up its second-straight win over Canada in the teams' annual under-22 series, skating to a 6-0 win Friday afternoon. The U.S. scored four goals in the first period and rolled past Canada to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

The line of Dani Cameranesi (2G), Hannah Brandt (3A) and Haley Skarupa (1G-2A) led the U.S. with eight points. Cameranesi's two-goal effort included scoring the game winner just over four minutes into the game. Brandt picked up two assists in the first period before she and Skarupa set up Cameranesi's second goal of the game at 1:54 of the second period.

Fellow Gopher Lee Stecklein was also in the U.S. lineup for game two while Milica McMillen was a scratch at the blue line after playing in game one.

The U.S./Canada series concludes at 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out highlights and tweets from game two of the U-22 series.

U22 Series Game 1: USA Tops Canada, 2-1

The U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team kicked off its three-game series against Canada with a 2-1 victory Thursday night. The U.S. received goals from Dana Trivigno and Shiann Darkangelo, and Alex Rigsby made 26 saves in the win.

Gophers Dani Cameranesi and Hannah Brandt played on the same line, and defensemen Milica McMillen and Lee Stecklein also represented the Maroon & Gold. Stecklein is serving as an assistant captain for the U22 team, joining captain Alex Carpenter and assistant captain Michelle Picard in leading the squad.

The series continues with game two at 4 p.m. CT Friday, and game three is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT Sunday at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Check out game one highlights and tweets below.

USA Hockey Holds Women's National Festival

USA Hockey held its 2014 Women's National Festival last week at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Senior Rachael Bona, junior Hannah Brandt, sophomore Dani Cameranesi, junior Milica McMillen, freshman Cara Piazza and sophomore Lee Stecklein participated in the five-day festival, which was used to select the 22-player rosters for the under-18 and 22-and-under teams to face Canada in this week's three-game series.

Day one highlights included on and off-ice strength and conditioning tests and a welcome from USA Hockey Director of Women's Hockey Reagan Carey.

Day two at the Women's National Festival included a game between Team Blue and Team White. USA Hockey shared a highlight video of the game with comments from head coach Ken Klee and select players. The highlights include goals by Hannah Brandt at the 2:30 mark and Dani Cameranesi at the 2:45 mark.

Following the festival, Brandt, Cameranesi, McMillen and Stecklein have been chosen to represent the United States as part of the 2014 U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team. The U.S. and Canada face off in three games Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park.

WCHA Names Aaron Kemp Women's Commissioner

Aaron Kemp, the senior associate athletic director at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., has been named the new commissioner of the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He accepted a four-year agreement with the WCHA. Kemp, 38, succeeds Sara Martin, who has served as the guiding force of the women's WCHA since its founding in 1999. Martin will retire on June 30.

"I'm honored and excited for the opportunity to join the WCHA in this role," Kemp said. "The WCHA has identified itself as the premiere women's hockey conference, producing some of the most elite players in the game today. I'm thrilled to begin serving the member institutions and student-athletes. I'm committed to the same tradition of excellence and look forward to enhancing the overall operation and image of the league moving forward."

The WCHA executive committee put together a search committee to conduct a national search for the new commissioner. Kemp will get acquainted with the WCHA's coaches and administrators at the league's annual meetings in Marco Island, Fla. April 28-29 and plans to have his office in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

"On behalf of the entire Western Collegiate Hockey Association family, we are excited to announce Aaron Kemp as the next women's commissioner," said Bill Hudson, Professor at St. Cloud State University and Chair of the Association. "Aaron brings an extensive, proven background in both the sport of collegiate ice hockey and in athletic administration to the conference and we all look forward to working with him to both continue and expand on the WCHA's great tradition.

"Aaron is most passionate about hockey and has long been a strong proponent of student-athletes. As an administrator, he has overseen both women's and men's Division 1 ice hockey programs, he has a wealth of experience coaching both women's and men's collegiate teams, he has been involved in planning and organizing Frozen Fours and he has been a member of the NCAA hockey rules committee."

Kemp joined the athletic administration staff at Mercyhurst in June of 2008. He was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director/Mercyhurst North East Director of Athletics in June of 2011 after serving as the Associate Athletic Director/Director of Compliance on the Erie campus.

Kemp's primary responsibility was to provide the leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Mercyhurst North East athletics program. He also had responsibilities to oversee the operation of the men's and women's hockey programs at Mercyhurst.

Prior to joining the administration, Kemp was an assistant men's hockey coach at his alma mater, Canisius College, from 2002-2004 and was a member of the women's hockey coaching staff at Mercyhurst from 2004-2008. Under head coach Michael Sisti, Mercyhurst compiled a 109-25-14 record during Kemp's time, boasting four College Hockey America Championships and four appearances in the NCAA Division I playoffs.

Kemp was part of the American Hockey Coaches Association NCAA Division 1 Staff of the Year for the 2004-2005 season and the CHA Staff of the Year the same season.

He has served on the executive committees for Atlantic Hockey and CHA conferences, was on the local organizing committee for the 2003 Men's Frozen Four, was the tournament director for the 2011 Women's Frozen Four and currently serves on the NCAA hockey rules committee.

Kemp earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1999 and a master's degree in Sports Administration in 2004, both at Canisius College. He is married to Darcey, the Dean of Students at Mercyhurst North East, and the couple has a son Jackson and two daughters, Ashlyn and Cierra.

Gophers head coach Brad Frost was a member of the search committee which selected Kemp.

"Aaron brings great experience in both the hockey and administrative world," said Frost, who has won two national titles at Minnesota and made three straight appearances in the NCAA title game. "He will do a tremendous job in taking our league to the next level."

Hudson, who chaired the search committee for a new commissioner, had high praise for Martin, the only leader the women's WCHA has ever had.

"I also want to take this opportunity to again thank retiring commissioner Sara Martin for all she had done to promote both the WCHA and women's collegiate ice hockey over the past 15 years," said Hudson. "Her commitment and dedication have been exemplary and we will always be grateful to her."

WCHA-member teams have appeared in a record 15 straight national championship games and captured 14 consecutive national championships between 2000-2013 (2000 AWCHA Div. 1 champions, 2001-2013 NCAA Women's Frozen Four champions). Six WCHA players have earned the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in Division 1 women's collegiate ice hockey. Hundreds of WCHA players have had extensive experience and success in international competitions such as the Winter Olympics, IIHF World Championships and Four Nations' Cup.

Read more
WCHA: Aaron Kemp Named New Commissioner of Women's WCHA

Faces of the Big Ten Features Ramsey

Gopher women's hockey junior defenseman Rachel Ramsey is featured in the Big Ten Conference's Faces of the Big Ten campaign. Check out the video and watch for it to air on the Big Ten Network this spring.

Gophers in the News: Frozen Four Recap

Minnesota finished the 2014 season as the national runner-up, falling to Clarkson by a score of 5-4 in the national title game on Sunday, March 23. Catch up on the media's coverage of the Gophers' final game of 2013-14.

KARE11: Gophers' Brandt misses out on Kazmaier Award
March 22, 2014

Star Tribune: Clarkson ends Gophers women's quest for third NCAA hockey title
March 23, 2014

Pioneer Press: Gophers women's hockey stunned by Clarkson in NCAA title game
March 23, 2014

Pioneer Press: NCAA women's hockey: East beats West in a tournament first
March 23, 2014

KARE11: Gophers fall to Clarkson in NCAA hockey championship
March 23, 2014

NCAA.com: Clarkson earns first national title in school history, takes down Minnesota
March 23, 2014

USCHO: Clarkson upsets Minnesota to win NCAA championship
March 23, 2014

KMSP: Broadcast blackout of Gopher's women's hockey angers fans
March 23, 2014

Star Tribune: Chart: Perspective on the Gophers women's hockey team
March 24, 2014

Star Tribune: Gophers women look strong for another Frozen Four run
March 24, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Gophers miss three-peat with loss in NCAA final
March 24, 2014

Minnesota Daily: Column: Gophers will reload after title loss, ya feel me?
March 24, 2014

Minnesota Hockey Magazine: Beaten But Not Defeated
March 24, 2014

The Hockey Writers: Clarkson Stuns Minnesota: Steadfast Belief and the Definition of Success
March 25, 2014

Gopher Sports Update: Gopher Women's Hockey Forward Bethany Brausen recaps and reflects
March 25, 2014

Fox 9: Gopher women's hockey says farewell to 4 seniors
March 30