Dec. 14, 2012
University of Minnesota women's hockey head coach Brad Frost has announced the signing of seven National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2017. Frost has inked six Minnesotans in Dani Cameranesi, Kelsey Cline, Kate Flug, Paige Haley, Kate Schipper and Megan Wolfe. The Gophers also add Illinois native Sidney Peters to a signing class that will join the Gophers in the fall of 2013.
"I am thrilled with the class that we have coming to us in the fall of 2013," said Frost. "All of the players have had experience at USA Hockey camps with many continuing on with the USA U-18 team. More importantly, they are wonderful people and will fit in great with the culture that we have established here."
Dani Cameranesi, a 5-5 forward, enters her senior year with Blake High School and has been a member of the U.S. Under-18 Team. As a junior last season, Cameranesi tallied 48 goals and 25 assists for 73 points. She has been on the varsity team since eighth grade and a three-time member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League. Cameranesi, who is a three-time All-State and All-Conference honoree, has notched over 50 points each season with her sophomore year total of 79 points (35 goals, 44 assists) being her single-season best. The Plymouth, Minn. native has been selected to her second IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships after earning a silver medal with Team USA in 2012 in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic. Dani is the daughter of Ken and Tess Cameranesi. Her brother, Tony, currently plays hockey at Minnesota Duluth, and her sister, Sam, is a member of the Golden Gophers' dance team.
"Dani is an incredible player and leader," said Frost. "She has tremendous speed and is relentless on the puck. Dani is very responsible in all three zones and is a complete hockey player."
"I chose the University of Minnesota because everything just felt right when I came on my visit," said Cameranesi. "I can't imagine seeing myself going anywhere else."
Kelsey Cline is a 5-6 defenseman from Bloomington, Minn. and has played five seasons at the varsity level with Bloomington Jefferson. For the past two seasons, Cline has led the Jaguars in scoring by notching 25 points as a sophomore and then tallying 33 last year. She was also a member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League and played on the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps during the summer. Cline, who is a four-time All-South Suburban selection, has participated in two USA Hockey Development Camps. Kelsey is the daughter of Pat and Lisa Cline.
"Kelsey is a very intelligent defenseman," said Frost. "She moves the puck extremely well and will also generate some offense for us."
"I chose Minnesota because it offered everything I was looking for in academics, the community, and of course, the athletics," said Kelsey. "I grew up watching Gopher hockey, so it has always been a dream of mine to play for them and help work towards a national championship."
Kate Flug, a 5-8 forward, enters her senior season with Roseville Area High School. As a junior last season, Flug tallied 42 goals and 22 assists for 70 points to help lead the Raiders to a conference and section championship and a runner-up finish in the Class AA State Tournament. During her freshman season, she played on a Roseville squad that included current Gophers Bethany Brausen and Lee Stecklein and won the Class AA State Championship. The five-year varsity player received All-State and All-Metro accolades for her efforts during the 2011-12 season. Flug was a member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League and also played on the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps. She also earned a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic with Team USA. Kate is the daughter of Dan and Suzanne Flug.
"Kate continues the Roseville tradition with Gopher Women's Hockey," said Frost. "She has very quick hands and creates scoring opportunities for herself and her line mates. Kate is shifty and has great speed."
"I chose the University of Minnesota because I have wanted to play there since I was a little kid, and I couldn't picture myself anywhere else," said Flug.
Paige Haley is a defenseman that put together a tremendous junior year at Red Wing High School and now looks forward to her final season with Wingers. During her junior season, Haley netted 33 goals and had 38 assists for a total of 71 points, which supported her case in being named All-State for the second straight year. In the last five years, she has helped Red Wing reach the Class A State Tournament three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) and been named to the All-Tournament team twice (2011 and 2012). Haley has also participated USA Hockey Development Camps and played for the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps. She is the daughter of Scott and Colleen Haley.
"Paige is a strong defenseman with a big shot," Frost said. "She sees the ice well and makes a great first pass. Paige is strong on the puck and will be a very good offensive presence for us on the blueline."
"I chose the University of Minnesota because I was given the opportunity to make my dreams come true by playing for the top program in the nation," said Paige. "My family and I have been cheering for the Gophers since I was a little girl. "
Sidney Peters is a 5-10 goaltender that hails from Geneva, Illinois and attends the North American Hockey Academy. Peters has made a name for herself on the national stage with competing at five USA National Championships and garnering two bronze and two silver medals. She has also made her mark on the international stage by winning a silver medal at the IIHF U-18 Women's Wolrd Championships last year in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic with Team USA. The past four years, she has gone to the USA Hockey Development Camp and participated in the All-Star Game each time. Sidney is the daughter of Douglas and Karen Peters.
"Sidney is a nice, big, athletic goaltender," said Frost. "She moves well and anticipates the play. Her experience with the U-18 team will be invaluable as she plays at the next level."
"The reason I wanted to go to Minnesota is because I believe in the future of the program," said Peters. "The hockey team not only has a lot of talent right now, but also the potential to continue to be a force in the future. I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff, as well as all of the members of the team. On top of having a fantastic hockey team, the school provides an endless amount of opportunity for its students. Needless to say, I am looking forward at becoming a Gopher!"
Kate Schipper, a 5-4 forward, enters her senior year with Breck High School and has been a member of the U.S. Under-18 Team the past two years. In the past four seasons, she has aided Breck in garnering three Class A State Tournament berths, which includes winning a state title in 2012 alongside current Gopher Milica McMillen. Last year, Schipper recorded 33 goals and dished out 24 assists for a total of 57 points, which empowered her in being named All-State and All-Conference. The Brooklyn Park, Minn. native has been selected to her second IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships after earning a silver medal with Team USA in 2012 in Zlin and Prerov, Czech Republic. Kate is the daughter of Brian and Linda Schipper.
"Kate is a smooth skating forward," said Frost. "She sees the ice well and has a very good top speed. Her experience with the U-18 team will be very beneficial to her."
"I have been a Gopher fan since I stated going to games when I was five years old," said Schipper. "It was always a dream of mine to wear the Minnesota jersey. Being able to get a great education as well as play on a fantastic and highly-skilled hockey team was the perfect combination."
Megan Wolfe, is a 5-8 forward from Eagan, Minn. that posted a 70-point junior campaign for Eagan High School. Wolfe helped guide the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish in the 2012 Class AA State Tournament. For notching 44 goals and 26 assists last year, she was named an All-State Honorable Mention selection. She has also been named to the 2013 U.S Women's National U-18 roster for the IIHF U-18 Women's World Championships in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland. Wolfe was a member of the Minnesota High School Fall Elite League and also played on the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps. She is the daughter of Tim and Kari Wolfe.
"Megan is a big, strong forward who has great skills," Frost said. "She has good vision and a very good release. She is an effortless skater who will do excellent things."
"I picked the University of Minnesota because of its reputation in hockey and the great education," said Megan. "I wanted to play for an excellent team, and I have found the best hockey in college at the Gophers. I would have not gotten this far without my parents, great coaches and friends. I cannot thank you all enough for your support."
||Bloomington, Minn./Bloomington Jefferson
||Roseville, Minn./Roseville Area
||Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing
||Geneva, Ill./North American Hockey Academy
||Brooklyn Park, Minn./Breck