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With the conclusion of the WCHA regular season last weekend, the first round of the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association
Playoffs, a best-of-three series format, get underway next Friday (Feb.
24) at No. 1 tournament seed Wisconsin, No. 2 seed Minnesota, No. 3 seed
North Dakota and No. 4 seed Minnesota Duluth. Game two of each series
will be played on Saturday (Feb. 25) while any game threes, if
necessary, will be contested on Sunday (Feb. 26).
The games at Ridder Arena will be played at 7:07 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 24), 4:07 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 25), and if a third game is needed, it will be played at 4:07 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26). Tickets are available here
WCHA regular season champion Wisconsin (29-3-2) will host No. 8 seed
Minnesota State (7-26-1) at Eagle's Nest in Verona, Wis. Regular season
runner-up Minnesota (27-5-2) will entertain No. 7 St. Cloud State
(5-27-2) at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, North Dakota (20-10-3) will
host No. 6 Bemidji State (17-15-3) at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand
Forks, and Minnesota Duluth (18-13-1) will go up against No. 5 Ohio
State (16-14-4) at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.
Following next week's four first-round playoff series, the four winners
will advance to the 2012 WCHA FINAL FACE-OFF championship, set for March
2-3 at AMSOIL Arena.
The full press release from the WCHA is available here.
Click here for WCHA Standings.
five finalists for the 17th annual Ms. Hockey Award are Hannah Brandt of
Hill-Murray, Hanna Brodt of Roseville, Jonna Curtis of Elk
River/Zimmerman, Milica McMillen of Breck and Lee Stecklein of
the finalists would be a formidable starting lineup with Brandt, Brodt
and Curtis at forward and McMillen and Stecklein on the blue line. Four
of the five finalists have committed to a WCHA school next season,
including three future Golden Gophers (Brandt, McMillen and Stecklein).
Ms. Hockey Award is presented to the top senior girls' high school
hockey player in Minnesota. The winner will be announced at the Ms.
Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11:30 a.m., at the
RiverCentre in St. Paul.
To read the full article from Let's Play Hockey, including bios on all five of the finalists, please click here.
Twenty-seven players have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Team preliminary roster in preparation for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, which takes place April 7-14 in Burlington, Vermont. Three current Gopher players and a Minnesota alum are included on the roster: defensemen Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper and Gigi Marvin, and forward Amanda Kessel.
The athletes will take part in a training camp at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., from March 25 - April 3, with the final 21-player roster set to be announced on April 1. The U.S. will travel to Ottawa, Ont., for an exhibition contest against Canada on March 31, before playing Finland in a pre-tournament game on April 3 at 7 p.m. EST at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The U.S. squad will arrive in Burlington on April 4, where Team USA will look to defend its back-to-back-to-back world titles from 2008, 2009 and 2011 (a world championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games).
Twenty-one members of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured first place in the 2011 Four Nations Cup in November are vying for roster spots. There are a total of 17 Olympians on the preliminary list and 19 players who helped Team USA to the world title in 2011.
In addition to the Gopher players on the roster, former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the IIHF Women's World Championship.
See the full roster here
We know it's early, but info on the 2012 Gopher Women's Hockey Golf Open is now available.
The 2012 GWH Golf Open will be held at Indian Hills Golf Club on Monday, September 17th, 2012. This will be a day of fun, prizes, and camaraderie while raising money for a most
worthwhile cause: Gopher women's hockey. The day's events will include a round of golf, social hour, dinner buffet, and silent auction.
Hole, tee and green sponsorships are available, and are the foundation of the fundraising event. Information on sponsorships is available at the link below. 2012 GWH Golf Open Information
Let's Play Hockey announced today the 10 semifinalists for the 2012 Ms.
Hockey Award, presented to the
top senior girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota. Among the semifinalists are three players who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Minnesota next season. Hannah Brandt
(Hill-Murray HS), Milica McMillen
(Breck HS), and Lee Stecklein
(Roseville Area HS) are among the semifinalists for the award and will join the Gopher women's hockey program next fall.
In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Ms. Hockey Award include academics, community and extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.
Five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award will be named in the Feb. 16 edition of Let's Play Hockey with the winner announced at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Feb. 26.
In the 16-year history of the award, 12 of the award winners have played for the Golden Gophers, including three members of the current Minnesota team. Ms. Hockey winners to attend Minnesota include:
1996: Winny Brodt
1998: Laura Slominski
1999: Ronda Curtin
2000: Krissy Wendell
2001: Renee Curtin
2002: Ashley Albrecht
2003: Andrea Nichols
2004: Erica McKenzie
2005: Gigi Marvin
2008: Sarah Erickson
2009: Becky Kortum
2010: Bethany BrausenFull story from Let's Play Hockey here.
The University of Minnesota campus newspaper featured two stories on Gopher women's hockey today. Check them out!Kessel on the cusp of 100th pointMinnesota travels to Mankato this weekend
USCHO.com has a feature on equipment managers around the WCHA, including our very own Kate Bockenstedt. Helping team stay sharp only a small part of this bench job
Senior goalie Alyssa Grogan is one of 23 nominess for the 2012 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The acknowledges the accomplishments of personal character, scholarship, and the giving of oneself off the ice to the larger community. The Humanitarian Award is meant to be seen as a true measure of a person's worth, not just as an athlete, but as someone who embodies those values that merit recognition.
In the last year, Grogan has recorded nearly 140 hours of community service through the University of Minnesota CHAMPS/Life Skills office. She has organized 11 outings with local youth hockey players to benefit the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, and was the lead organizer for the team's Gopher Give Back Holiday Event last December. She has volunteered numerous hours with DinoMights, a youth development program in Minneapolis, and has organized several equipments drives for that organization. She has also volunteered for the HopeKids organization, and the Voices of Awareness suicide prevention program. Grogan has visited many local schools to participate in reading programs, and has spent time volunteering with food drives for Second Harvest Heartland.
"I've always thought that what you've been given, you should give back," said Grogan. I've been so fortunate and so blessed to be here, playing here and getting an education."
Grogan was also a nominee for the award in 2011. She is one of three nominees from the WCHA.
Finalists for the award will be announced in late January, and the awward winner will be recognized at a ceremony on April 6 in conjunction with the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
More information about the Hockey Humanitarian Award Can be found at hockeyhumanitarian.org.
Two future Gopher women's hockey players have been named to the U.S. roster for the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship. The tournament will be held in Perov and Zlin, Czech Republic Dec. 31 through Jan. 7. Defenseman Lee Stecklein and forward MaryAnne Menefee will don the red, white and blue for Team USA. Both players have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Gophers next season.
Lee Stecklein hails from Roseville, Minn., and Roseville Area High School. Maryanne Menefee is a senior at Lansing Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich., and plays for the Little Caesar's Under-19 AAA Hockey Club. Both players have previous experience with the U.S. Under-18 Team.
In addition to Stecklein and Menefee, Gopher coach Joel Johnson will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Championship.
Team USA has won the IIHF World Women's U18 Championship three times in the four-year history of the tournament, including their gold-medal performance at the 2011 tournament in Stockholm, Sweden.
Follow Team USA on the USA Hockey website
Four current members of the Gopher women's hockey team, as well as one alum and one future Gopher, have been named to the 2011 USA Hockey Winter Training Camp roster. Forty-one players are on the camp roster, including 16 Olympians.
Current Gopher defensemen Megan Bozek and Anne Schleper, along with forwards Amanda Kessel and Jen Schoullis were invited to participate in the winter camp. Former Gopher Gigi Marvin (2005-09), who was a member of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, will also participate in the training camp. Hannah Brandt, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Gophers next season, is the only high school player on the 41-player roster.
In addition to the players with Minnesota ties, Gopher head coach Brad Frost and former Gopher head coach Laura Halldorson will serve as assistant coaches at the training camp.
The Winter Training Camp is set
for Dec. 26-31 in Blaine, Minn. The six-day camp, which will take place
at the National Sports Center's Schwan Super Rink, will serve as an
evaluation camp and training session for the U.S. Women's National Team.