Periodically, gophersports.com will catch up with Gopher women's hockey alums throughout the upcoming season. This feature of "Where Are They Now?" is former Gopher defenseman, Winny (Brodt) Brown. As a member of the Maroon and Gold, Brodt transferred to the U of M in 1998-99 from New Hampshire. An offensive defenseman, Brodt finished her Gopher career leading the blue liners in points by a defenseman (134), goals by a defenseman (41) and assists by a defenseman (93). As a member of the 2000 national championship team, Brodt was named to AWCHA All-Tournament Team as the Gopher women's hockey team won their first-ever national championship and the first championship by a women's team. Following the national championship, Brodt left the U of M program to join the U.S. National Team. She returned for her final year of competition in 2002-03 where she was an assistant captain with Kelsey Bills and Ronda Curtin (captain). During her tenure, Brodt was named a Patty Kazmaier finalist (2000), a first-team All-WCHA and the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year.
Gophersports.com: You started your Gopher college career in 1999 and it ended in 2003 with a few breaks in between. Was it hard to extend your college career or were happy that you were able to play until 2003 and end it the way it did?
Winny Brodt: I felt an extended college career enabled me to become friends with more people and make even more great memories. It also was very special for me to be able to play with my little sister Chelsey who was a freshman during my senior year!
GS: Your family is very involved in the Minnesota Whitecaps program. For people who don’t know about the Whitecaps, can you explain what it is and how your family is involved?
WB: My entire family has been involved in the Minnesota Whitecaps Hockey program since its inception. It is a professional women’s hockey team that plays in the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL), consisting of past Division I players as well as current and past US National team players from across the world. The Whitecaps are currently the only team in the WWHL located in the US, with the remainder of the teams located north of the border in Canada.
GS: You play on the Whitecaps with your sister Chelsey and some former college teammates and other WCHA players. Does it bring back some old memories?
WB: What is unique about the Whitecaps is that we all come from different teams that played each other over the years, and it is fun to talk about past games and experiences. Having played with some of the girls from the Gophers it is fun to talk about the good old days.
GS: What has been your biggest accomplishment (either personally or professionally) since you left the U of M?
WB: Opening a new chapter in my life with my husband Justin Brown.
GS: What’s your current occupation?
WB: I am currently working at Proguard Sports a hockey accessory company as an internal sales rep. I also started my own hockey company Os (Overspeed) Hockey www.oshockey.org. The opportunity to give back to a game that has given me so much is a very rewarding experience.
GS: As a former U of M athlete, what are some things that you have taken away from college and how have you been able to pertain them to everyday life?
WB. First and foremost is the ability to meet and network with individuals within my line of work. Building successful business relationships through the use of my academic and athletic experiences at the U of M has paid great dividends in my career both professionally and personally.
GS: What do you miss most about being a member of the Gopher women’s hockey team?
WB: What I miss everyday is going to the locker room and putting my gear on and just hanging out with the team!