On the 40 NCAA Division I women’s college hockey rosters last season, there were 157 Minnesotans, which led the country by a considerable margin. Massachusetts was second with 106.
While the Minnesota Gophers women’s hockey team fell one game short of bringing another NCAA title to Minnesota in March, the overall state of hockey for girls and women in the state has never been stronger.
That’s the clearly-drawn conclusion when one looks at the overall participation numbers, and at the number of elite players that Minnesota is sending to USA Hockey’s top development camps, which are designed to identify and grow the nation’s future college, professional and Olympic players. Of the 50 players recently named to the initial roster for the Girls U18 Select Development Camp, 18 are from Minnesota. That camp will be held July 15-21 at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.