Made in the NAHL

Last season, the North American Hockey League had a record 259 NCAA commitments. The 41st NAHL season begins next week at the NAHL Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minn.


By Alex Kyrias


Fittingly, on the week leading up to the 14th annual NAHL Showcase, when so many players are beginning the first step of their hockey dreams, the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and its teams did it again… and this time in even more impressive fashion. For the fifth time in as many years, the NAHL has set a new record for NCAA commitments in one season, further reemphasizing that more and more NCAA players are being made in the NAHL.


Girls Elite League set for fifth season

The fifth season of the Girls Upper Midwest High School Elite League will soon be underway! Modeled after the boys’ version, this fall developmental league allows the top female hockey players in the upper Midwest to compete with players of similar ability. The schedule allows multi-sport athletes to continue their fall sport. 

“This league puts the top players against the top players. This is not only good for their development, but it also makes it easier for our staff to scout talent in the region,” said Jeff Giesen, Head Coach at St. Cloud State University.

The UMHSEL is a non-profit, 501(c)3 venture. Bauer is a corporate sponsor and has generously donated equipment for each player. 

“We have great confidence that this women’s league is one of the best in the nation,” said Mark Duggan, President and CEO of Bauer Hockey.

The Minnesota Whitecaps professional hockey team is a league partner.  Whitecaps players will not only coach the teams, but will skate weekly practices in full equipment in an effort to push the girls to a pace beyond their comfort zone. Minnesota Hockey and the Minnesota Girls High School Coaches Association have also partnered up to help support this exciting endeavor. 

“This league supports our mission of community-based hockey, while providing elite-level girls in the state the same opportunities that the boys have,” said Mike MacMillan, Advanced Committee Chair, Minnesota Hockey/USA Hockey MN District Coach in Chief.

The 2012 league is comprised of four teams: three UMHSEL teams and Shattuck-St. Mary’s top team. Each team will have a total of 18-19 skaters and two goalies on the roster. The league will run four consecutive weekends from Sept. 21-Oct. 14. On the next weekend (Oct. 19-21), the league will send three teams team to compete in the UMHSEL Bauer NIT tournament hosted at Fogerty Arena in Blaine.

The Elite League will then take part in the Detroit USA-Canada Cup on Oct. 25-28.

Admission for Elite League games is $5 for adults age 19 & up, and free for 18 and under.  For more information and league updates, visit us online at


2012 Girls Upper Midwest High School Elite League rosters

G     Abigail Miller    Benilde-SM
G    Sydney Rossman    Minnetonka
D    Emily Achterkirch    N. Wright Cty.
D    Sydney Baldwin    Minnetonka
D    Hannah Behounek    Minnetonka
D    Liv Halvorson    Benilde-SM
D    Lexi Press    Benilde-SM
D    Arianna Reid    Lakeville South
F    Sarah Borbowski    Hill-Murray
F    Emilie Brigham    Anoka
F    Dani Cameranesi    Blake
F    Kaylee Druk    Benilde-SM
F    Lauren Hespenheide    Shakopee
F    Amy Menke    Shakopee
F    Kelly Pannek    Benilde-SM
F    Blair Parent    Anoka
F    Ali Praus    Benilde-SM
F    Caitlin Reilly    Benilde-SM
F    Christi Vetter    Lakeville North
F    Taylor Williamson    Edina

Winny Brown    Head Coach
Maureen Hardwick    Asst. Coach
Melissa Sailor     Asst. Coach


G    MaKenzie Johnson    Eden Prairie
G    Alexis Lamere    N. Wright Cty.
D    Lynn Astrup    Warroad
D    Paige Haley    Red Wing
D    Kate Hallett    St. Paul United
D    Anna Keys    Park
D    Amanda Kimerlee    Anoka
D    Amy Schlagel    Coon Rapids
F    Sara Bustad    Stillwater
F    Sam Donovan    Irondale
F    Kate Flug    Roseville
F    Reagan Haley    Red Wing
F    Alexis Joyce    Lakeville North
F    Sarah Nielsen    Edina
F    Jackie Peiper    Edina
F    Nina Rodgers    Hopkins
F    Lindsey Roethke    Buffalo
F    Nicole Schammel    Red Wing
F    Brittney Wheeler    Benilde-SM
F    Maddie Woo    Maple Grove

Erin Keys    Head Coach
Autumn Conway    Asst. Coach
Meaghan Pezon    Asst. Coach


G    Hannah Ehresmann    Minneotnka
G    Angie Hall    White Bear Lk.
D    Kelsey Cline    Bloomington
D    Kelsey Crowe    Minnetonka
D    Kendra Goodrich    Rosemount
D    Sid Morin    Minnetonka
D    Dani Sadek    Lakeville North
D    Bella Sutton    Mounds View
F    Alev Baysoy    St. Paul United
F    Laura Bowman    Minnetonka
F    Holly Dietzler    Bloomington
F    Kiersten Falk    Blaine
F    Katy Fuller    Minneapolis
F    Amy Petersen    Minnetonka
F    Katie Rooney    Buffalo
F    Kate Schipper    Breck
F    Kaitlin Storo    Chaska
F    Katie Swanstrom    Blaine
F    Sam Swanstrom    Blaine
F    Lydia Wagner    Dodge County
F    Megan Wolfe    Eagan

Allie Sanchez    Head Coach
Chelsey Rosenthal    Asst. Coach
Amy Stech    Asst. Coach

Question of the Week

What state/province/region would prevail in a North American Cup of Hockey?


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