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.
Last evening, the Gopher women's hockey team hosted the Gopher Give Back Holiday Event at Ridder Arena. Youth hockey players from around the metro area joined the Gopher players in a fun night of activities, including making blankets for children in need, making decorations for elderly people in nursing homes, and making cards to send to Minnesota National Guard troops serving in the Middle East. In addition to the community service projects, the Gopher players gave tours of Ridder Arena, and the youth players participated in a scavenger hunt and trivia contest. At the end of the night, there was a prize drawing.
As an "admission fee", the youth players brought donations of Toys for Tots, Second Harvest, and clothing items.
Each youth player received a goodie bag with some treats, as well as photos and a poster. The Gophers were busy signing autographs all night, with the youth players taking special joy in getting an autograph from the Gopher player who shares their jersey number.
Nikki Ludwigson led the blanket-making station, and along with her teammates and the youth players, they completed about a dozen blankets. Many players helped at the craft station, where they wrote notes and made and impressive stack of Christmas tree decorations.
The card-making station was upstairs in the club room, where many players helped to make nearly 150 holiday cards. Glitter, glue and stickers were flying everywhere! Kelly Seeler, who joked that she might be interested in an arts and crafts major if there was one offered at the U, made some very creative cards. Some of the cards turned out more beautiful than others, but we think all will be appreciated, even the one with the oddly-shaped Christmas tree drawn by Katie Frischmann. (Sorry Katie, I just had to mention it!). Coach Frost and his boys got in on the action too, there were some very nice cards made by Micah, Jonah and Josiah.
The event was planned by several members of the team, headed by junior goalie Alyssa Grogan. We know Alyssa doesn't like to get attention for her community service work, but she certainly deserves credit for all her efforts in planning and executing the Give Back event. We think she and her teammates did a great job! Also helping with donations of supplies were Power Play Club members, GWH parents, and other supporters of Gopher women's hockey. A special thanks to David and Bob from the Power Play Club, who helped during the entire event, from set up to clean up.
A photo album from the event can be found on the Gophers' Facebook page at facebook.com/MinnesotaWomensHockey
The No. 2 Golden Gophers play host to the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend, and with lots of promotions and extra events, we have a big list of reminders for fans this weekend.
First and foremost, we have a Saturday-Sunday series
this weekend, rather than the normal Friday-Saturday competition days. Games are at 2:00 p.m. at Ridder Arena both days. A preview of the games can be found here
Many of our Gopher teams are competing at home this weekend, so the athletics area of campus will be buzzing with activity. We encourage fans to allow plenty of time to get to campus and find parking
. On both days, we recommend parking in the Fourth Street Ramp
The Gophers are hosting a Toy Drive
this weekend, and any fan who brings a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots will get free admission to the game. On Sunday, there will be a Teddy Bear Toss, which should be fun for fans. If you haven't seen a Teddy Bear Toss before, check out this video from the Calgary Hitmen's Teddy Bear Toss
earlier this year. Pretty impressive!
Saturday is also Student Day
. U of M students get free admission at Gopher women's hockey at all games, but on Saturday, they also get free pizza during the first intermission. Students - be sure to bring your U Card for your free ticket and free pizza!
Saturday is North St. Paul Community Day
, in honor of Stephanie Anderson and her hometown. Members of the North St. Paul community get discounted admission for $4 (regularly $8). Just mention the community day event at the ticket window for discounted admission.
Sunday is Coon Rapids Community Day
, in honor of Rachael Bona
and her hometown. Members of the Coon Rapids community get
discounted admission for $4.
On Sunday, former Gopher players will play in the annual Alumni Game
. The game will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Ridder Arena, and fans are welcome to come watch the game. They will play two 30-minute halves. In addition to the Alumni Game, during an intermission in the game between Minnesota & Ohio State, the 2002 WCHA Championship team will be honored. The teams for the alumni game are:Gold Team:
Kelli Blankenship (2007-10)
Tracy Engstrom-Cassano (1999-2002)
Brittany Francis (2007-10)
Michelle Maunu (2007-10)
Becky Wacker (2004-07)
Gwen Anderson-Polaski (2000-03)
Julie Otto-Greely (1998)
Kate Swenson (2001-02)
Sarma Pone-Ozmen (1998-2002)
Natalie Lamme (2006)Maroon Team:
Chelsey Brodt-Rossenthol (2003-06)
Jerilyn Glenn (2001-04)
Jamie Horton (2007-09)
Krista Johnson (2003-06)
Nadine Muzerall (1998-2001)
Allie Sanchez (2003-06)
Lacey Franzmeier (1998-2000)
Betsey Kukowski (1998-2001)
Megan Milbert-Tripicchio (1997-2000)
Jody Horak (2002-05)
Sarah Harms (1997)
And finally, the team is hosting the Gopher Give Back Holiday Event
on Monday, Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Ridder Arena. Space is still available. All the details about the event and how to register are included in this flyer
We hope to see you at Ridder Arena this weekend!
Haven't heard of the Jeanly Cup? Most people haven't, being that it's a made up intrasquad three-on-three tournament, with a tin foil trophy at stake. However, the competitive nature of the Gopher players and coaches made it an entertaining event.
A Gopher women's hockey tradition since 2003, the Jeanly Cup is an annual tournament, held the week of the Four Nations Cup each fall. The Gopher squad, including coaches, are split into four teams. Seniors Anne Schleper, Sarah Erickson, Emily West and Kelly Seeler were named the captains of each team, and held a draft to pick their teammates.
With bragging rights and the Jeanly Cup on the line, the competition was fierce. Team Orange, led by Erickson, earned a spot in the championship game with its play in the first three days of the tournament. In today's play, Team Black, led by West, battled against Schleper and Team White for the other spot in the championship game. Black won, putting White in the consolation game against Team Blue, led by Seeler. The consolation game loser has the unfortunate task of carrying the baggage when the team travels to Boston to play Harvard Nov. 25-26. White won the consolation game, giving Blue baggage duty on the trip to Harvard.
In the championship game, Team Orange and Team Black skated to a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation. Coach Frost decided to implement a two-minute sudden-death overtime period, during which Erickson scored for Orange.
Athletic director Joel Maturi was on hand to present the Jeanly Cup to Team Orange. Coach Muzerall presented the Jean Smythe MVP Award to Team Black's Bethany Brausen and the Jean-Vezna Top Goalie Award to Shyler Sletta. Video of the championship-winning goal and award presentations can be seen here
Team Orange members proud signed their names to the Jeanly Cup trophy to record their 2011 Jeanly Cup victory. The trophy was constructed by Coaches Frost and Johnson.
Champions: Team Orange
Second Place: Team Black
Third Place: Team White
Fourth Place and winners of baggage duty: Team Blue
Photo album available on the Gopher women's hockey Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaWomensHockey
Gopher sophomore Amanda Kessel helped Team USA to an 8-0 victory over Sweden in today's Four Nations Cup game. Kessel scored on the power play 16 and a half minutes into the second period to put the U.S. ahead 5-0. Kendall Coyne and Jillian Dempsey had assists on Kessel's goal.
Former Gopher Gigi Marvin (2006-09) had an assist on Kelli Stack's third-period goal to put Team USA up 6-0.
"It was a good start for us," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Team. "Our players kept it simple and moved the puck quickly. It's going to be that hardworking effort that makes a difference."
Both the U.S. and Sweden were scoreless in the first period, but Team USA took the lead on a goal less than three minutes into the second period. The Americans scored five goals in the second period and three in the third to bring the final tally to 8-0.
Kessel played on USA's second line with Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne. Gopher Jen Schoullis played on the fourth line with Julie Chu and Jillian Dempsey. Marvin was paired with Kacey Bellamy for the defense.
In earlier action, Gopher defenseman Mira Jalosuo and Team Finland lost to Canada 5-0. Jalosuo played with defensive partner Tea Villilä.
In tournament play tomorrow, the U.S and Canada face off at 8:30 a.m. central, while Finland plays Sweden at noon. Follow live stats here
Four players with ties to the Golden Gophers are competing in the 2011 Four Nations Cup in Nykoping, Sweden, this week. Playing for Team USA are current Gophers Jen Schoullis and Amanda Kessel, as well as former Gopher Gigi Marvin (2006-09). Playing for Team Finland is current Gopher Mira Jalosuo.
Team USA's first game is Wednesday, Nov. 9 at noon central. Team Finland faces Canada tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. central. Live stats for each game are available here
, click on "Women 4-Nations" for statistics.
Fans can follow Team USA in the tournament through the women's hockey blog on the USA Hockey website