The Gopher Women's Hockey team has announced the addition of an exhibition game against the Minnesota Whitecaps to their schedule for the 2017-2018 season. The two teams will square off on Friday evening, January 5, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Ridder Arena.
The Gophers and Whitecaps have met four times over the past two seasons, with each game being decided by a 5-4 score and the Gophers winning three of the four contests.
The Whitecaps are a semi-pro team that plays against a variety of professional, collegiate, and prep competition. The game on January 5 is the sixth game on their limited 2017-2018 schedule, the fifth against a team from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Admission for this exhibition game is free and non-ticketed. We look forward to seeing many of you in attendance as the Gophers return from their winter break.
The Ohio State University's women's ice hockey team announced the hiring of Minnesota alumna Milica McMillen as an assistant coach on Thursday, July 27.
“[McMillen's] success as a player and knowledge of the game will transition very well for what our players need,” said OSU head coach (and fellow GWH alumna) Nadine Muzerall in the press release. “She has had great experiences with training hockey players to enhance their skill development. But more importantly, she has the right character and values that we are developing here at Ohio State with our culture. I'm excited to see the growth within our players both on and off the ice with Milica by our side.”
McMillen won three NCAA championships with the Gophers (2013, 2015 & 2016). Among Minnesota defensemen all-time, she is currently fourth in points with 120 and second in goals with 44. Playing professionally last year, she recorded 3 goals and 6 assists in 18 games with the NWHL's New York Riveters.
McMillen, Muzerall, and the Buckeyes visit Ridder Arena to play the Gophers in the opening WCHA series of the 2017-2018 season for both teams. The two sides square off Friday, October 6 at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday, October 7 at 3:07 p.m. They will meet again in January in Columbus.
Sophomore forward Lindsay Agnew was named as one of 27 players invited to Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Team selection camp, as announced on Thursday, July 27. The camp is being held August 6-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
The 25 players able to attend the camp will be joined by members of Japan’s national women’s program and a select team of U SPORTS players. Following camp, players will continue to be evaluated as they play for their club teams during the 2017-18 season, in preparation for selecting the Canadian team that will compete at the 2018 Nations Cup tournament in Füssen, Germany, in January.
Congratulations and good luck, Lindsay!!
The NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee announced on June 21 some tweaks and clarifications to rules implemented last summer.
Video review of offsides & too many players on scoring plays – Regarding video reviews of goals scored after infractions involving offsides or too many players on the ice, the committee clarified that the ability to review these plays ends if the defensive team gains possession and control of the puck between the time of the suspected infraction and when the goal is scored.
The committee also recommended that, for regular-season games, such a review can be initiated by the officials (i.e. without a coach's challenge) in the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime. (Previously the time limit was the final 2 minutes of regulation plus OT.) In the postseason, on-ice officials can initiate a review of this type at any point in the game.
Overtime playing procedures – The rules committee confirmed that regular-season playing procedure options for overtimes will remain as-is for 2017-2018. After the required five-minute 5-on-5 overtime, conferences can continue to use one of several tie-breaking procedures – including the shootout used by the WCHA Women's League – that impact conference standings but not teams’ records for NCAA selection purposes.
The changes must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss the proposals via conference call July 20. The Ice Hockey Rules Committee may make these adjustments in an off-year for changes because the rules were implemented last season and required clarification.
Greg Adrian has joined the University of Minnesota Women's Hockey program as the new Director of Hockey Operations, as announced by GWH head coach Brad Frost on Monday, July 17.
Adrian comes to the Gophers after serving in the same role for the University of Vermont Catamounts women's hockey team in 2015-16 and 2016-17, where he managed the team's travel and meals and provided video and statistical support. Prior to his time at Vermont, he worked in a Hockey Technologies position with The Rinks at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y., and also served as an assistant working with video and statistical analytics for the men's hockey team at Canisius College.
We welcome Greg to Minnesota, and look forward to working with him this upcoming season!!
2016-2017 Gopher Women's Hockey captain Lee Stecklein and two-time NCAA 3-meter diving champion Yu Zhou have been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year. The award, which began in 1991, recognizes graduating athletes who excel in the four pillars of academics, athletics, service and leadership.
We send our congratulations to both athletes for this wonderful recognition. More information on both can be found in the June 27 press release from the U., and the full list of the record 543 nominees can be found on here.
Conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of their schools' nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine, with the winner announced on October 22.