MINNEAPOLIS -- The 2017-18 season marks the 21st season of Gopher women's hockey. Twenty years of student-athletes set the foundation for where the program is today, and it's time to reconnect with them. Up next in our alumni spotlight is Andrea Nichols.
Nichols played for the Gophers from 2003-04 to 2006-07. A native of Mountain Iron, Minn., Nichols appeared in 150 games and recorded 80 career points (42g-38a). She began her career with back-to-back national titles in 2004 and 2005 and helped Minnesota to a 118-29-6 record during her four years. Nichols captained the team her junior and senior seasons and earned three WCHA All-Academic Team awards.
GopherSports.com caught up with Nichols to find out where life has taken her most recently.
Gopher Sports: Where has life taken you since you graduated from the University of Minnesota?
Andrea Nichols: I worked and coached high school girls hockey in the cities for a few years after I graduated from Minnesota. Then I moved to Bemidji, Minn., for a job with the Beaver women's hockey team for three years, and now I live in Fargo and coach Division III hockey with the Concordia Cobbers in Moorhead.
GS: Where do you currently live and work?
AN: I live in West Fargo, N.D., work as a chiropractic assistant and coach for Concordia Moorhead.
GS: What personal or professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of since you graduated from the University of Minnesota?
AN: Becoming a college coach and being able to pass my experiences and knowledge on to the players I coach.
GS: What is your favorite memory about your time as a Gopher on the ice? Off the ice?
AN: It would have to be winning back-to-back national championships. Off the ice? Spending time with my teammates, traveling, getting to do a lot of fun things such as go to the White House, Minnesota Wild and Twins games, etc.
GS: What are you most proud of from your time as a Gopher?
AN: Having the opportunity to be a part of a great program that has become a great tradition.
GS: What advice would you give your college self/current Gophers?
AN: Four years goes by like a blink of an eye, so enjoy every minute!
GS: How did your college hockey career help prepare you for life after college?
AN: Being able to multi-task, perform under pressure, and working together with a variety of different personalities.
GS: Who is a Gopher women's hockey player you have enjoyed watching play after you graduated and why?
AN: Amanda Kessel. She was such a speedy, versatile player, very fun to watch.
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