GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Former Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey players Tess Dusik (F, Oak Bluff, Manitoba) and Jessica Havel (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) have inked professional contracts to play for Sweden’s Gothenburg HC this fall. The duo joins Zuzana Tomcikova and Eva Schwaerzler and becomes the third and fourth former Beavers to play professionally. Tomcikova currently plays for the Moscow Tornado, a professional squad in Russia, while Schwaerzler played professionally in Switzerland for ZSC Lions.
“I am really excited for both of those girls,” said former Head Coach Steve Sertich, “It is rare that women’s college hockey players get to continue playing at a high level after their collegiate careers are over.”
While at BSU, Dusik played in 136 games and totaled 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. As a senior, Dusik played in all 36 games for BSU and set a career-high with 15 points (7g-8a) to rank second on the team earned a spot on the WCHA-All Academic Team.
Havel made six appearances in 2013-14 and had a record of 1-3-0 to go with a .866 save percentage and 4.93 goals against average. The Grand Rapids, Minn. native totaled 30 games and 1,490 minutes played during her collegiate career. She finished with a 5-17-1 record with a 3.83 goals against average. Havel earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Week and Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week honors Jan. 9, 2013 after shutting out St. Cloud State University, 2-0.
The Beavers posted an 11-21-4 overall record in 2013-14 and finished posting an 8-17-3 mark in WCHA play in Head Coach Steve Sertich’s final season behind the bench. BSU’s season came to an end falling to University of North Dakota in the opening round of the WCHA Playoffs.
This season will be led by new Head Coach Jim Scanlan will lead Bemidji State and he will have 18 returning players to go along with six newcomers in his first campaign.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).