Sertich adds five for 2011-12
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sertich adds five for 2011-12
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji Sate University women’s hockey team announced the signing of Kayleigh Chapman (Virden, Manitoba), Alexandria Citrowske (Burnsville, Minn.), Rachael Kelly (St. Paul, Minn.), Tegan Rose (Gibbons, Alberta) and Whitney Wivoda (Fairbanks, Alaska) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Chapman, Citrowske, Kelly, Rose, and Wivoda will join the BSU squad for the 2011-2012 campaign.

“All of these fine student-athletes play in great programs, for great coaches and come from great families,” said head coach Steve Sertich. “They all sensed the excitement, passion, pride, and purpose around BSU women’s hockey and wanted to be a part of something special. Our fans, Bemidji State and the community are going to enjoy watching the development of these players over the next four years.”

Kayleigh Chapman • Defense • Shoots Right • 5-8 • Virden, Manitoba. • Warner Hockey School

After playing two years with the Westman Wildcats, Chapman enrolled at the Warner Hockey School in the Junior Womens Hockey League for the 2010-11 season. In 36 games so far this season for the Warriors, Chapman has scored five goals and tallied 18 assists. In the 2008-09 with the Westman Wildcats, Chapman helped lead her team to the first ever Esso Cup National Champions and winning the provincial championship. In the two years there she played in 59 games scoring 15 goals and assisting on 21. Previous to 2008 she played eight years of boys’ hockey for the Virden A Oil Kings.

“We are elated to have Kayleigh attend Bemidji State,” Sertich said. “Chapman is an outstanding player, with experience at both defense and forward. She possesses great stick work and is a tough defensemen to play against. Chapman made a big commitment attending and playing at Warner Hockey School in Alberta this season where she received from outstanding coaching former NHL player Mikko Makela and coach Jensen, which will help prepare her to play Division I hockey. She has an excellent work ethic, comes from a great family and we believe she’ll have a great career here.”

“I knew it would be very tough for any other university to touch what I saw at Bemidji State during my tour,” Chapman said. “The coaches and players made me feel excited to become part of their growing program. The university offered small town atmosphere, excellent hockey, a close proximity to home and strong academics. It was the perfect choice for me and I feel honored to become part of the team.”

Personal: Kayleigh Madison Chapman…Born Jan. 14, 1993…Daughter of Robert and Colleen Chapman…cousin Tommy Brade plays hockey for the University of Minnesota…Proposed speech communication major.

Alexandria Citrowske • Forward • Shoots Left • 5-6 • Savage, Minn. • Prior Lake HS

Citrowske has been apart of Prior Lake varsity hockey since the 8th grade. In her first four years with the program she has netted 46 goals and tallied 30 assists. She led her team in scoring in both her sophomore (9G, 7A) and junior (21G, 10A) years. She has won numerous honors at Prior Lake including being named Rookie of the Year in her 8th grade season, All-Conference in her freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns, along with being named team MVP.  

“Citrowske is not just an outstanding student-athlete, but a very competitive player with a tremendous upside, who will bring energy and more athleticism to our roster,” Sertich said. “She is a three-sport athlete at Prior Lake High School and shows great habits. Her focus on doing the little things better will allow her to make an immediate impact in a penalty-killing role. She has an outstanding ability to make her teammates better.”
“Bemidji was definitely my favorite school out of all the schools I visited,” Citrowske said. “It had the best combination of academics and athletics. After meeting a few of the players on the team and the coaches, my heart was set to play at Bemidji and become a Beaver.”
Personal: Alexandria Irene Citrowske…Born Nov. 11, 1992…Daughter of Dave and Laura Citrowske…Along with playing hockey at Prior Lake High School, Chapman lettered four years in track and three years in soccer…Proposed major in undecided.

Rachael Kelly • Forward • Shoots Right • 5-5 • Rosemount, Minn. • Rosemount HS

Kelly comes to Bemidji State from Rosemount High School where she’s played for the girls’ hockey team since her eighth grade year. Since joining the Fighting Irish in 2006-07, Kelly has broke her personal-best season-points record each year. In her first season as an eighth grader Kelly tallied 32 points scoring 15 goals and helping on 17 others. Her junior campaign saw her jump to a spectacular 52-point production netting 32 goals and recording 20 assists. She has been named team MVP her first year and team Forward of the Year twice while at Rosemount. She has also been named all-conference each year at Rosemount. In 2008-09 Kelly was invited to the USA Hockey Girls’ Select Camp held in Rochester, N.Y.

“We are really excited about Kelly joining our hockey program and family,” Sertich commented. “She is a puck-possession forward and is going to be an outstanding player who can make an immediate impact for us up front. She has received excellent coaching from coach Cassano who knows the commitment it takes to play in the WCHA having played in it herself; which will help Rachael in making the transition to our ultra-competitive league.”

“Bemidji State just felt like home, I missed it as soon as a I left,” Kelly said. “The coaches and the entire team were awesome. I loved the small town feel, the smaller class sizes and the beautiful surroundings, being next to the lake. I just loved everything about BSU.”

Personal: Rachael Marie Kelly…Born Oct. 14, 1992…Daughter of Kevin and Kathleen Kelly…Also lettered three years in soccer, two years in track and one year in both golf and cross country at Rosemount High School…Proposed nursing major.

Tegan Rose • Defense • Shoots Left • Gibbons, Alberta • Edmonton Chimos

Rose played four years with Alberta AAA Midget Female Hockey club from 2006-10. In those four years, Rose played in 120 game totaling 20 goals and 32 assists. In 2009-10 she helped her team win the prestigious Mac’s Tournament. In 2006-2008 Rose was a part of the Alberta U-16 program before moving on to the Alberta U-18 program which she is still currently a part of. This year Rose is playing with the Edmonton Chimos in the Western Women’s Hockey League. While with the Chimos, her defensive partner has been Megan Mikkelson, who won a Gold Medal with Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

“Rose has a combination of poise with the puck, good wrist shot from the blue line and an off-the-charts hockey IQ,” Sertich said. “We are very excited about adding a puck-moving defenseman that we can use in variety of situations. Playing in the Western Women’s Hockey League against adult women and alongside players like Mikkelson, should allow her to make a smooth transition into the WCHA.”

“I chose to commit to Bemidji State after the visit because of the small town feel, the awesome arena and seeing the potential of the team, and watching them beat No.1 Mercyhurst,” Rose said. “I feel that Bemidji State was the best fit for me and I look forward to working with the coaches to develop my hockey skills. I am excited about being a part of building a strong team for the future.”

Personal: Tegan Richelle Rose…Born Nov. 8, 1993…Daughter of Milan and Denise Rose…Proposed major in undecided.

Whitney Wivoda • Forward • Shoots Left • Fairbanks, Alaska • Minnesota Crunch

Wivoda played six years of hockey with the Alaska Icebreakers girls’ hockey program. In 2006 she participated in the National Development Camp. In 2008-09, Wivoda helped the Icebreakers to an appearance to the national tournament. In 2009-10 she played boys’ hockey with Lathrop High School, winning the conference championship before placing third in state. Currently, Wivoda transferred to Grand Rapids and plays for the Minnesota Crunch. So far this season in 28 games she has amassed 15 goals and 17 assists, including an 11-point performance against Balmoral Hall on Nov. 24, 2010 when she scored six goals and tallied five assists.

“Wivoda is an outstanding student-athlete who combines a good skill level with a high hockey IQ,” Sertich said. “The recruiting process with her happened very quickly and we want to thank Pete Hyduke, the Hibbing Girls High School coach, and BSU women’s hockey scoring leader Amber Fryklund for their assistance. “Whitney played boy’s high school hockey in Alaska, which has allowed her to process the game quickly and allows her to play at full speed. Whitney’s development this year and playing 60+ games with the Minnesota Crunch will allow her an opportunity to make an immediate impact on our program.”

“I liked Bemidji State because it has a small school environment with a good hockey program,” Wivoda said. “I also have many relatives that reside in Minnesota and it being in Bemidji makes me feel a bit closer to home. Te many people I met in Minnesota this summer at camps had nothing, but good things to say about coach Sertich. He is a great coach and I am looking forward to learning more from him.”

Personal: Whitney Elizabeth Wivoda…Born April 30, 1993…Daughter of Bill and Normal Wivoda…Also lettered in soccer while at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks…Proposed major in undecided.

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