CALGARY, Alta. – Bemidji State University women’s hockey players Brittni Mowat and Ivana Bilic have been invited to attend Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp. The camp will take place May 6-10 in Hamilton, Ont.
Players selected for this camp are in consideration for the Canadian teams that will compete in three-game series against the United States this summer, as well as at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship and 2016 Nations Cup, and with Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Mowat, who earned CCM/AHCA All-American First Team honors in March, was instrumental in the Beavers’ record-breaking 2014-15 season posting a 19-13-1 record with an 1.68 goals against average and .945 save percentage. All three marks (wins, goals against average and save percentage) rank in the top four in the WCHA and top 10 nationally. She was also instrumental in BSU’s penalty-killing unit, which finished second in the WCHA and third nationally with .915 success rate this season.
Bilic played in all 39 games for BSU in 2014-15 and totaled 147 blocked shots, which led the nation. Bilic led BSU’s defensemen with 23 points (5g, 18a) and posted three multi-point games. Bilic’s 23 points ranked seventh for scoring by WCHA defensemen and 15th nationally among blue liners. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native was a two-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honoree and led the team with 18 assists.
Mowat and Bilic join teammate Stephanie Anderson as BSU players to be invited to a national team training camp this season. Anderson not only made the United States National Team but she also competed and won a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in Malmo, Sweden.
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).