Gophers Sign Autographs and Receive Championship Rings

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The University of Minnesota women's hockey team had an eventful Saturday as they participated in two aspects of the Gopher football game day experience with signing autographs before the game and receiving their 2012 National Championship rings during the game.

At 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, the 2012-13 team went into Block G and signed autographs for fans of all ages up until 15 minutes before kickoff. Following the 30-minute long autograph session, the Gophers entered the game to cheer on their fellow student-athletes.

At the end of the first quarter, the National Championship squad met near in the field in preparation for the ring ceremony. And during the first TV timeout of the second quarter, the squad walked out on the field and was presented their championship rings in front of a gold-out crowd of 44,921 Gopher faithful.

To top off the fun-filled day had by the Gophers, the team was able to cheer on the football team to a victory and a 3-0 start to the 2012 season.

Women's Hockey to Make Appearance at Gopher Football Game

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The University of Minnesota's 2012-13 women's hockey team will be making an appearance before and during the Gophers' football game this Saturday against Western Michigan.

Before the football game kicks off at 11 a.m., head coach Brad Frost and the 2012-13 team will be located in "Block G" signing autographs. They will be positioned right in front of Mariucci Arena from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Following their autograph session, the 2012 National Championship team will be honored during the first TV timeout of the second quarter. During this short intermission, the Gophers will be presented with their championship rings on the field.

GWH Blog: 2012-13 Team Captains Announced

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The team captains for the 2012-13 Gopher women's hockey season have been announced. Serving as captains this season will be senior defenseman Megan Bozek and junior forward Bethany Brausen.

Bozek, a native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., earned All-America and All-WCHA honors last season. She was Minnesota's top-scoring defenseman in the 2011-12 campaign, and ranks fourth on the Gophers' all-time top scorers list among defensemen. Bozek played with Team USA at the World Championships in April and helped the U.S. to a silver medal.

"I am very honored to be named a captain of the defending national championship team," said Bozek. "It is a great privilege to wear the M, and we have a lot of depth this year that will make us successful, on and off the ice."

Brausen hails from Little Canada, Minn., and was the 2010 Ms. Hockey award winner. She played in every game for the Gophers last season, scoring nine points. Brausen is a top performer when it comes to academics, earning WCHA Scholar Athlete and Academic All-WCHA honors last year.

"Being a team captain for the University of Minnesota is something far beyond what I could have wished for," explained Brausen. "What means the most to me is not the patch on my jersey, but to have been nominated by a team full of captains. Every member of this team is a leader, and no matter who wears the captain's patch, we all have a role in leading this team. I am so honored to have been put in this position with such an amazing team."

The defending national champions will start the 2012-13 season with a home series against Colgate Sept. 28-29 at Ridder Arena. The Gophers return 17 letterwinners from last year's squad, including three players who have earned All-America acclaim. Minnesota adds six freshmen and a sophomore transfer to its roster for the season.

Head coach Brad Frost returns for his 13th season with the Gopher women's hockey program, and sixth as the head coach. Assistant coaches Joel Johnson and Nadine Muzerall also return to the coaching staff.

The University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena will serve as the site of the 2013 WCHA Final Face-off and the NCAA Frozen Four, giving the Gophers the opportunity to defend their WCHA Tournament title and NCAA title on their home ice this season.

"We have a great group this year and everyone knows what is at stake," said Bozek. "There is a target on our backs, but we are willing to sacrifice and work hard to perform at our best all year. Everyone is very excited to get the season rolling in just a few weeks. It is a great time for our freshmen to put on the jersey for the first time, and for the the returners to come back with the drive to improve and defend our national title."

"I see this as being another great year, building off the momentum from last year and the national championship," said Brausen. "My hope is not that we not only remain as good as last season, but get better. It is a new season and we will treat it that way. The expectations will be to strive to be better players and people."

GWH Blog: Gophers Tally Six Points in USA vs Canada Series

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Eight Gopher players from past and present represented their national teams at a three-game series between the United States and Canada in Calgary last weekend. Team USA swept the series, winning 4-1 on Thursday, 4-2 on Friday and 4-3 on Sunday. A photo gallery of the series from USA Hockey can be found here. Hockey Canada has photo galleries as well as a post-game video interview with Kelly Terry from Friday's game here.

In Thursday's game, Gopher sophomore Rachel Ramsey opened up the scoring, notching a goal 8:46 into the first period. Ramsey earned a second point in the game, getting an assist on Jillian Dempsey's goal in the second period. Canada answered with a goal late in the second to being the score to 2-1, but the Americans scored twice in the third period to bring the final score to 4-1. The U.S. outshot Canada 30-17 in the game. Click here for the USA Hockey recap and here for the Hockey Canada recap.

On Friday, Gopher junior Kelly Terry got Canada on the board first, scoring 15:35 into the opening period. The U.S. answered before the period ended as Jocelyne Lamoreaux tallied a goal, assisted by Gopher senior Megan Bozek. Team USA would score two goals in the second period to Canada's one, bringing the score to 4-2 at the end of the second, which would prove to be the final score. Canada led in shots at 23-20 for the game. Click here for the USA Hockey recap and here for the Hockey Canada recap.

In Sunday's series finale, Canada led 1-0 at the end of the first period. Early in the second period, Gopher junior Sarah Davis gave Canada a 2-0 lead with a goal 6:56 into the period. The U.S. responded two minutes later with a Brianna Decker goal, assisted by Megan Bozek. Team USA scored two additional goals in the second to lead 3-2 going into the third period. Each team added one goal in the final period, bringing the score to 4-3. Again, the Canadians outshot the Americans with a 33-26 tally for the game. Click here for the USA Hockey recap and here for the Hockey Canada recap.

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GWH Blog: Eight Gophers to Play in U.S. vs. Canada Series

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The Under-22 teams for Hockey Canada and USA Hockey will face off in a three-game series Aug. 16-19 in Calgary. Between Team Canada and Team USA, eight Gopher players will be represented in the series.

Playing for Canada will be Gopher juniors Kelly Terry and Sarah Davis, both forwards. Davis also represented Canada in the 2012 Meco Cup. Terry has participated in a Canadian Under-22 development camp, and was a member of the Canadian Under-18 team in 2010.

On the U.S. roster are Sarah Erickson, Hannah Brandt, Megan Bozek, Rachel Ramsey, Anne Schleper, and Lee Stecklein. The U.S. team is not a true Under-22 team, as several members are at or above age 22. The Gopher contingent includes two forwards (Erickson, Brandt) and four defensemen (Bozek, Ramsey, Schleper, Stecklein). Brandt and Stecklein will be joining the Gophers as freshmen this fall, while Ramsey will be a sophomore. Bozek will enter her senior season this fall. Erickson and Schleper graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012.

All six Gophers who represent Team USA participated in the National Festival in Blaine, Minn., last week. The last time this series was held (2010), Bozek. Erickson and Schleper were all on the U.S. team. Stecklein played for the U.S. at the 2012 Under-18 World Championships, while Brandt played on the Four Nations Cup team last fall.

In addition to the six Gopher players representing the United States, former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson will serve as an assistant coach for the series.  

Team USA and Team Canada will play at 8 p.m. (central) on both August 16 and 17, and will finish the series on August 19 with an 11 a.m. (central) game. Games will be held at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary.

Real-time updates from the games will be available on Twitter @usahockeyscores

The U22 series vs. Canada will be played for the fifth time, with the first series contested in 2006. The series was not played in 2011 or 2009. The U.S. is 2-7-3 all-time against Canada in this event.

View the full roster for Team Canada here.

View the full roster for Team USA here.


GWH Blog: 2012 GWH Golf Open

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Check your calendars for Monday, Sept. 17. Do you have the day open? If so - sign up to participate in the 2012 GWH Golf Open! This year's fundraiser will again be held at Indian Hills Golf Club in Stillwater, the same great course as last year's event.

For all the details and a tournament registration form, please click here.

Not a golfer? No problem! We're also looking for hole, tee and green sponsors. Or, if you'd like to attend the Golf Open banquet without golfing in the tournament, that's okay too. See the registration form for more information.

All proceeds generated from the GWH Golf Open directly support the University of Minnesota women's hockey program.
USA Hockey today announced the 79 players selected to participate in the 2012 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 5-13 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The Over-18 roster includes 51 players, including Gophers Rachael Bona, Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Sarah Erickson, Milica McMillen, Gigi Marvin, Rachel Ramsey, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein, and Emily West.

Among the players with Gopher ties are four alumnae (Sarah Erickson, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper and Emily West), three Gophers who will be returning letterwinners this fall (Rachael Bona, Megan Bozek and Rachel Ramsey), and three incoming freshmen (Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen and Lee Stecklein).

Attending the USA Hockey Women's National Festival are 21 of the 23 members of the U.S. Women's National Team that turned in a silver-medal performance at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vermont. Gopher players who were on the 2012 World Championships team include Megan Bozek, Anne Schleper and Gigi Marvin.

The Festival will culminate with the selection of teams to represent the United States in a U18 series vs. Canada in Blaine and a U22 series vs. Canada in Calgary, Alberta. Both events will include three games between the two nations to be staged from Aug. 16-19.

In addition to the nine Gopher players on the roster, former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson and Gopher assistant coach Joel Johnson will each serve as an assistant coach for USA Hockey at the summer festival.

For the complete over-18 roster, click here.

GWH Blog: Two Gophers Picked in CWHL Draft

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The draft for the Canadian Women's Hockey League took place yesterday, and two former members of the Minnesota team were chosen in the draft. Anne Schleper, a defenseman, was drafted in the third round by the Boston Blades. In the fourth round, forward Jen Schoullis was also drafted by the Blades. Schleper and Schoullis both finished their Gopher careers with the NCAA Championship win last March. The pair will join former Gopher Gigi Marvin, who also plays for Boston.

Schleper and Schoullis are among five players drafted by Boston this season. Also picked by the Blades were Hilary Knight (Wisconsin), Genevieve Lacasse (Providence), and Kelley Steadman (Mercyhurst).

The CWHL consists of five teams, of which four are located in Canada: Alberta (with games played in both Calgary and Edmonton), Toronto, Brampton, Montreal, and Boston.

Last season, the Blades finished second in the league with a 20-7-0 record.

See the full list of drafted players on the CWHL website.

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.


GWH Blog: USA Hockey High Performance Camp

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Five players with Gopher ties are participating in USA Hockey's Women's National High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Current Gophers Amanda Kessel and Megan Bozek are participating, as well as recent graduates Anne Schleper and Jen Schoullis. Former Gopher Gigi Marvin (2006-09) is at the camp as well.

The camp started last Friday and runs through tomorrow. The players are training off-ice in areas such as strength and conditioning, mental skills, team building, nutrition and elite-athlete wellness.

The camp roster includes 17 Olympians and 22 of the 23 players from the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Burlington, Vt.

Press release from USA Hockey here.