BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji Sate University women’s hockey team announced today the signing of Allie Duellman (Maplewood, Minn.), Alexandrea Ehlert (Portage, Wis.), Emily McKnight (Roland, Manitoba) and Danielle Williams (Waconia, Minn.) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Duellman, Elhert, McKnight, and Williams will join the BSU squad for the 2010-2011 campaign.
“We feel the addition of these four young players to the good core of players we have will continue to move the Bemidji State Women’s Hockey program in the right direction,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “We also hope to add two or three more players in this class.”
Allie Duellman • Defense • Shoots Right • 5-8 • Maplewood, Minn. • Roseville Area High School
Duellman has played for the Roseville High School girls’ team since her eighth grade season in 2005-06, where she played under coach Sertich.
In 2008-09 she played in 28 games netting five goals and notching 20 assists. She helped lead her team to a 25-2-1 overall record and a conference championship. She was named All-Conference and to the 2009 All-State Team. In the 2007-08 campaign, Duellman netted another five goals, while picking up six assists as the Raiders won their conference championship. She finished the season +20 plus/minus.
“I have known Duellman since her eight grade year and since then I have been able to watch her grow and develop into a terrific hockey player,” Sertich said. “Her best attribute has to be her work ethic and how hard she competes. She’s a tough player to play against and very coachable. She continues to improve and works hard at it. Duellman brings with her good instincts and great vision on the ice. Her being a more defensive defender will be a great fit in our program and I believe she will be a great addition to our defensive corps.”
"I chose Bemidji State because I wanted to be apart of a growing program, with a great coaching staff that will help me achieve my full potential,” Duellman said. “When I went on my visit it was the perfect fit for me, both academically and athletically. I am really excited about my future as a Beaver."
Personal: Allie Rae Duellman…born July 17, 1992…Daughter of Joe and Amy Duellman…Lettered three years in softball at Roseville HS…proposed elementary education and coaching major.
Alexandrea Ehlert • Defense • Shoots Right • 5-6 • Portage, Wis. • Madison Capitals AAA
Ehlert has played for the Madison Capitals AAA association for nine years. She was the captain of her team for six of those nine years. Before playing with the Capitals she played boys hockey and started the game when she was in second grade.
“We are very excited to be adding Ehlert to our Beaver Hockey family. Alex has been well coached over the years by former Beaver and current Madison Capitols Coach Amanda Ferwarda. Her preparation to be a Division I hockey player can be attributed to the Ferwada family and the Madison Capitols girls program. She will provide more speed to our blue line corps, has very good lateral mobility and is very difficult to play against. Ehlert is a relentless hockey player, ultra competitive and will provide depth to our penalty killing units. She is a tremendous young person and a great teammate who we think will be a future leader in our program.”
“Bemidji State University had the combination of a home town atmosphere, great academics, and also the athletic program I was looking for,” said Elhert. “The University and hockey program are something special and I am honored to have the opportunity to be apart of it.
Personal: Alexandrea Raye Ehlert…born Dec. 27, 1991…Daughter of Dave and Kristi Hedrich…proposed nursing major.
Emily McKnight • Forward • Shoots Right • 5-8 • Roland, Manitoba • Balmoral Hall School (JWHL)
McKnight played last year with the Balmoral Hall School Prep Team in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She helped lead her team to a second-place finish in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL). She was selected to play for the JWHL All-Star team in 2008-09. In addition to Balmoral Hall School, McKnight played nine years of boys’ hockey and has played in girls’ AAA hockey for seven years.
“We are really excited to add a student-athlete of McKnight’s character, along with the numerous qualities she possesses both on and off the ice, to our Beaver Hockey family.” Setich said. “Her enthusiasm for the game of hockey paired with her can-do attitude will continue to push our program in the right direction. McKnight will provide our line-up with a skilled two-way forward who possesses tremendous agility to get around the rink and is very tough to play against. She is a terrific young person, great student and has a great upside as a hockey player.”
“I chose to come to Bemidji State because of the amazing coaching staff, the passionate team, the academics and it's proximity to home,” McKnight said. “I'm honored to be given this opportunity and to be part of the team that gets to use a new arena for the very first time. I'm very excited about this and can't wait for it to start.”
Personal: Emily Alexandra McKnight…born July 12, 1992…Daughter of Harry and Marty McKnight…Played five years of softball for the Winnipeg Lightning and the Interlake Phillies, and also played two years of soccer with Balmoral Hall School…proposed accounting major.
Danielle Williams • Defense • Shoots Right • 5-10 • Waconia, Minn. • Minnesota Thoroughbreds
Wiliams started playing for the Minnesota Thoroughbreds in her junior year and was named captain for the 2009-10 season. Prior to playing for the Thoroughbreds she played two years with the Chaska High School girls’ hockey team where she was the leading scorer for both years. In her sophomore year she was named all-conference and MVP. She also attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp in 2008 and 2009.
“Williams and her family have been very loyal to us considering they are one of the earliest commitments we have ever received in the process and we have great appreciation for that,” Sertich said. She will bring size and energy to our developing blue line unit. Her competitive nature is off the charts and is a tough defenseman with a hard shot. She plays with passion and has great pride and purpose in her game and everything that she does on and off the ice. Williams is an outstanding student who will add great character to our ever-growing team character and team chemistry. She is the type of student-athlete who will make Beaver hockey fans, our university, and the community of Bemidji very proud.”
“I knew Bemidji State was the right choice for me as soon as I stepped foot on campus, it felt like home,” Williams said. “I love how the coaches are passionate about hockey and how hard the players work to succeed. I know BSU will help me reach my potential both on and off the ice, which will help me realize my future dreams.”
Personal: Danielle Marie Williams…born June 10, 1992…Daughter of Brian and Rochele Williams…father played football for the University of Minnesota in 1984-87 and played professionally for the New York Giants between 1989-2000…mother played volleyball at the University of Minnesota in 1984-1987.