"Erin brings a real tenacity to the game. She is a tough little forward, a great fore checker and good penalty-killer," Commented Sertich. "She is one of those players that will compliment some of the players we have here."
The addition of Babineau brings the total number of the Beavers' incoming recruits to eight. Babineau joins Emily Erickson (Coleraine, Minn.), Brittany DeBoer (Spring Lake Park, Minn.), Kaylee Keys (St. Paul, Minn.), Alana McElhinney (Calgary, Alberta), Montana Vichorek (Cloquet, Minn.), Marlee Wheelhouse (Crookston, Minn.) and Lauren Williams (Eagan, Minn.) who each made commitments to BSU earlier in the signing period.
"We are going to be very young next year, but we think that some of these kids will bring skill to our team," said Sertich.
"It's always a challenge to see if they can replicate what they did at those early levels in our league, but we are looking forward to giving them a chance to do it here."
Babineau, a four-sport standout at Roseville Area High School, comes to Bemidji State after a stellar senior campaign on the ice. She earned St. Paul Pioneer Press Third-Team All-State honors and was selected to the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Senior Classic roster in addition to being named All-Suburban East Conference and voted as her team's Most Valuable Player. The Raiders' captain in 2007-08, notched a team-best 42 points with a league-leading 34 points on 15 goals and 19 assists coming in SEC play.
Although Bemidji State and collegiate hockey will be a new adventure for Babineau, she will have a familiar face on the BSU bench in Sertich. Babineau played for two years under Sertich at Roseville Area High School. As a sophomore, she was a member of a team, Sertich, now beginning his third season at BSU, led to a fourth place finish at the Minnesota State High School Tournament in 2005-06.
A five-year letter winner in both hockey and soccer, Babineau is a four-time all-conference player on the ice and garnered a pair of All-SEC accolades for her play on the pitch, where she captained the Raiders and was voted their team MVP following the 2007 season.
Babineau also participated in track and field and cross country as a prep. She attained all-state honors on the track and qualified for the state cross country meet in seventh grade attaining team MVP and all-conference honors along the way.
The accolades don't stop there, Babineau has also held her own in the classroom. She has been a constant member of the Roseville Area High School "A" Honor Roll, has collected an academic letter during each of her final three years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she has been accepted into, and will participate, in the BSU Honors Program beginning in the fall.
State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., houses a 17-sport athletic
department. Its men's and women's hockey programs compete at the NCAA
Division I level. The BSU women's ice hockey team is a member of the
Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).