June has been a very eventful month for many of the Bulldogs as well as other college players. On June 7th many players from NCAA as well as CIS gathered in Toronto, Ontario to play in a women’s college tournament hosted by Rush Hockey. Players from colleges such as Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin, St. Cloud, University of North Dakota, Ohio State, Boston College, Boston University, St. Lawrence, McGill, and several others joined to create many competitive teams. This annual tournament is always a great part of the summer and gives the college players a chance to get on the ice. Many Olympic players participated such as Caroline Ouellette, Tessa Bonhomme, Marie-Phillip Poulin, Catherine Ward, Julie Chu, Kacey Bellamy, and Jayna Hefford. It was also a great chance for young, aspiring hockey players to get scouted by some of the top CIS and NCAA teams.
Some of the current Duluth residents and UMD hockey players have had a stressful past few weeks as a storm hit Duluth and the surrounding towns. The storm caused Duluth close to $100 Million in damages as family’s homes were flooded with water. Up to 10 inches of rain fell, flooding many of the rivers, creeks and water systems.
To many of the hockey player’s relief Amsoil arena was not severely damaged, but it is going to be a long time before the City is back to normal. Many homes were damaged and the city is really coming together to help with the flooding and damages.
After the week of the horrific storm, coaching staff, players and alumni gathered in Duluth to run UMD’s minor hockey camps. Many of the players staying in Duluth for the summer have put their lives on hold, as summer classes, training schedules and other activities have been put back due to repairs.
The summer has brought beautiful weather up in Canada for training outside and enjoying outdoor sports that many of us hockey players don’t get the chance to play during the winter months with our busy schedules. On July 1st a small group of College and National players are meeting in Peterborough, Ontario to work at “CHE: Canadian Hockey Enterprises” hockey camps for young girls. NCAA players form UNH, SLU, UMD, and Colgate will join Team Canada’s Ouellette, Apps, Labonte, Agosta and former Olympians Gillian Ferrari, Cheryl Pounder and Becky Kellar for two weeks. This is always a very fun and busy week for the instructors and kids.
The schedules have been finalized for the 2012-2013 season that is approaching and it looks like it is going to be another competitive season in the Women’s NCAA. Many players are working hard to ensure they return to their schools in top shape to start the season!
-Katie Wilson, University of Minnesota-Duluth