From ESPNET SportsZone's article entitled,
Olympics the first step toward legitimizing women's hockey:
Build it and they will come
"In 1994, Minnesota became the first state to sanction girls' ice hockey as a high school varsity sport, and 24 schools took part that first year. That number grew to 47 last season and 63 schools have registered to field a team next year. There's also legislation in Minnesota that would mandate 50 percent of available ice time would go to girls' and women's teams."
As of the 1996-97 season, Minnesota remains the only state to offer girls interscholastic hockey. The number of teams has grown from 24 to 83.
Princeton High School is the only girl's public school team in New Jersey. The team has steadily improved and plays a 6-8 game schedule. The prep school teams play more games than the public school team.
Nichols High School went varsity during the 1995-96 season. Nichols is still the only high school in New York State with a girls varsity ice hockey team, and now plays in the Empire League versus travel teams around the state. Also, we play assorted Canadian prep schools in Southern Ontario. If you need further information, please contact Bruce. [May 1998]
See the 2000 State Tourney page for details.
Feb 16, 1997
The teams are set, after sectional play, for the state tournament. In the first round, defending champion Roseville 25-0-0 the section 4 champions plays Hibbing 20-4-0 the section 8 champions at 12:05 PM. Blaine 17-6-1 the section 7 champions plays Owatonna 18-6-0 the section 1 champions at 2:15 PM. Hopkins 20-5-1 the section 6 champions plays Eagan 20-4-0 the section 2 champions at 7:05 PM. Mounds View 18-6-1 the section 5 champions plays Stillwater 16-8-1 the section 3 champions at 9:15 PM. All games are on Thursday 2/20 at the State Fair Coliseum in St. Paul.
Scores from this past weekend's Minnesota Girls State High School Tournament were:
Winners Bracket: Hibbing 4, Roseville 3 (big upset) Blaine 9, Owantonna 0 Eagan 9, Hopkins 3 Mounds View 3, Stillwater 2 Second day: Hibbing 4, Blaine 2 Eagan 6, Mounds View 1 Championship: Hibbing 6, Eagan 3 (AWESOME GAME!!!!!) 3rd place: Blaine 3, Mounds View 1 CONSOLATION: Roseville 6, Owatonna 3 Stillwater 5, Hopkins 2 Consolation Championship: Roseville 5, Stillwater 2
It was a great tournament - 12,000 + fans! 3,600 + at the championship game. Girls high school hockey is growing by leaps & bounds in minnesota. 80 some teams scheduled to have girls high school hockey next year! DP
This information was provided by the Minnesota Girls' & Women's Hockey Association on February 29, 1996.
The 1996 Minnesota State Girls High School Hockey Tourney was held Friday and Saturday, February 23-24 at the State Fair Grounds Coliseum. First round had Roseville vs Blaine-Coon Rapids and Roseville defeated BCR 6-2. Burnsville defeated Blake 5-0. The Championship game was won by Roseville - the schools first season for girls hockey! - by a score of 5-2 over Burnsville. Burnsville was the first school in the State of MN to declare they were going to have girls high school hockey and Blake was the second school to jump on the bandwagon! In the 3rd place game, Blaine-Coon Rapids defeated Blake 3-0.
All State players this year: Ronda Curtin, Roseville, freshman forward; Amber Fryklund, Hibbing, sophomore forward; Kris Scholz, Stillwater, senior forward; Michelle Sikich, Apple Valley, sophomore forward; Carrie Stefaniak, Sibley, senior forward; Laura Tryba, Blaine-Coon Rapids, junior forward; Winny Brodt, Roseville, senior defender; Annamarie Holmes, Apple Valley, junior defender; Emily miller, Blaine-Coon Rapids, senior defender; Tai Thorsheim, Stillwater, junior defender; Jen Retka, South St. Paul, senior goalie; Mary Jean Schmidt, Sibley, senior goalie. Honorable mentions: Forwards: Nadine Corty, sibley, Renee Curtin, Roseville, Candy Kostelecky, Stillwater, Betsy Kukowski, Apple Valley, Heather Murphy, St. Paul United, Lara Thomas, Burnsville. Defense: Angela Borek, Burnsville, Latisha Hackman, north St. Paul-Tartan, Lisa Hessler, Sibley, Jamie Wstlund, Hibbing. Goalies: Sarah Harms, Hibbing, Jen Zywotko, Wayzata
All Tournament (State) Team: Winny Brodt, Roseville; Ronda & Renee Curtin, Roseville; Laura Slominiski, Burnsville; Laura Tryba, Blaine-Coon Rapids; Katie Beaudury, Blaine-Coon Rapids
Word has it there are 100 girls signed up for the Minnkota District tryouts for camp - not surprising as there are some great gals out here in Minnesota now!
Here are some articles relating to girls' high school hockey in Minnesota, provided by Nora Gappa (email@example.com) - Thanks Nora! :-).
The North American Hockey Academy is clasified as an Independent Prep School, DI and plays NE preps, midgets and exhibitions against some colleges.
Here is a list of NEPSAC schools, their addresses, coaches and the Division in which they play. And here is a link to the Girls' Prep Hockey web site. Division 1 is for schools with more than 150 girls in grade 9-12, or a school which wants to compete at the higher level even though they are smaller. The decision to compete "up" is for 3 years at a time, so the decision is based on program, not a sudden crop of 1 year stars.
For the 1996-97 season, Uor tournaments will be February 26 at the higher seed and March 1 & 2 at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA.
|Division 1||Division 2|
|Buckingham Browne & Nichols
|Choate Rosemary Hall
||Governor Dummer Academy|
|Kimball Union Academy
|Loomis Chaffee School
|Noble & Greenough School
|Northfield Mount Hermon School
|Phillips Exeter Academy
|St. George's School
|St. Paul's School
||St. Mark's School|
|New Hampton School
This information was provided by William Cumming of Deerfield Academy (CUMMING@apollo.deerfield.edu) on March 5th, 1996.
This year saw eight teams emerge from the regular season to challenge for the Division 1 crown. When it was over, Kimball-Union Academy(Meriden, NH) repeated as champions. In the final game KUA found themselves down 3-1 to Choate Rosemary Hall(Wallingford, CT) early in the second period. The game was tied at 3 when Choate went ahead, only to have the period close with KUA evening the score at 4 apiece. The third period saw end to end action, and Nadine Muzerall put KUA ahead for good with less than 5 minutes to go.
KUA Scoring: Nadine Muzzerall (Mississauga, ONT) (2), Heather Cook (Roseveltown, NY), Meghan McGuire (Amherst, NH), Michelle Lorion (Mississauga, ONT)
Goalkeeping: Megan Huchinson (Windsor, NS) 26 saves
CRH Scoring: Nicole Kirnan (Dewitt, NY), Kalen Ingram (Peterborough, ONT), Angela Ruggerio (Harrison, MI), Catherine Elkins (Bernardsville, NJ)
Goalkeeping: Victoria Elkins(Bernardsville, NJ) 26 saves
KUA Scoring: Nadine Muzzerall (Mississauga, ONT), Karine Bombardier (LaSalle, Quebec)
Goalkeeping: Megan Huchinson (Windsor, NS) 15 saves
Tabor Academy Scoring: Jessica Tabb (Springfield, MA)
Goalkeeping: Anna McIntosh (Fredericton, NB) 24 saves
CRH Scoring: Kalen Ingram (Peterborough, ONT) (3), Ali Potts (New Canaan, CT), Suzy Gibbons (New Canaan, CT) [empty net goal]
Goalkeeping: Victoria Elkins (Bernardsville, NJ) 18 saves
Deerfield Academy Scoring: Lindsay Smith (Glen Head, NY), Michelle Labbe (Pointe Claire, Quebec), Caroline Trudeau (Pointe Claire, Quebec) (2)
Goalkeeping: Amy Quinlan (Morris Plains, NJ) 24 saves & 1 empty net goal Leslie Keller (Woodbridge, CT) 1 save
Kimball Union 11 St. Paul's (Concord, NH) 1 Tabor Academy 7 Taft School (Watertown, CT) 3 Deerfield Academy 7 Milton Academy (Milton, MA) 2 Choate Rosemary Hall 4 Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA) 2
Semi Finals: New Hampton 4, Middlesex 1 Pomfret 6 Greenwich Academy 0 Final: Pomfret 2 New Hampton 1
The New England Preparatory School Girls' Hockey Season is over and the Championship has been decided. Eight teams were invited to the tournament based on the prep school season. There has been Girls' Prep school hockey for over 20 years.
The the 1996 NEPSAC Championship was claimed by KUA. This was their first NEPSAC championship title. Here is a recap of the 1996 NEPSAC Championship:
Wednesday, Feb 28, 1996:
Kimball-Union Academy 10 Buckingham-Brown & Nichols School 1
Cushing Academy 3 Lawrence Academy 1
Taft School 5 Deerfield Academy 3
Tabor Academy 4 Choate-Rosemary Hall 1
Saturday, March 2 at Taft in Watertown, CT:
Cushing Academy 4 Taft School 3 (ot) (at 2:00 pm)
Kimball Union Academy 4 Tabor Academy 3 (at 4:00 pm)
Sunday, March 3 at Taft School in Watertown, CT:
Kimball Union Academy 6 Cushing Academy 4 (at 1:00 pm)
In Division II, New Hampton beat Brooks in the finals (I'm not sure the score). New Hampton beat Pomfret in a very close semifinal match.
Other NEPSAC winners since the tournament began in 1991 are:
Many of this year's seniors will be off to the collge ranks next year and the level of play is quite high. The girls who play at these schools come from all over the US and Canada and we tend to be ignored by USA Hockey since we are not members. A look at any ECAC roster is testament to the level of play.
For more info email William Cumming at school at firstname.lastname@example.org or at home at email@example.com.
You can find out more about the schools in Peterson's Guide to Private Schools. Available in most libraries.
William G. Cumming Voice: (413)772-0241
Message from Hugh Caldara (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 1999:
I am the Girl's Hockey coach at The Gunnery Prepschool in Connecticut. It is a private boarding school and we have our own new indoor rink. We are currently looking for outstanding student athletes for our program. We are particularly interested in top skating and scoring forwards for the next year. We play 25 to 27 games and are trying to qualify for the New England tournament in 2000. I can be reached by email - email@example.com.
Message from Bill Driscoll (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 1999:
(Stowe, VT) Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy (MMWA) a private secondary school located in Stowe, Vermont and the North American Hockey Academy (Stowe, VT) have announced the opening of a Womens Hockey Program starting in the fall of 1999. Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, with a 15 year history and excellent reputation as a competitive ski academy designed to provide a quality education for elite athletes with a strong interest in ski racing and snowboarding, will expand and provide the same services for a high-performance hockey program for young women, run by The North American Hockey Academy. Lori Furrer, founder and Director of the Mt. Mansfield Winter Academy, We are very excited about the addition of the student-athletes from the girls hockey program, and the energy and excitement that this new discipline will bring to the Academy. We look to providing these young women a rewarding combination of excellence in academics and athletics that will assist them to reach their goals.
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