BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey head coach Jim Scanlan announced the addition of five student-athletes to the women’s ice hockey program for the 2018-19 season. Alexis Baker (Goalie, Lakeville, Minn.), Alexi Cheveldayoff (Defense, Boca Raton, Fla.), Eleanor Moser (Forward, Farmington, Minn.), Graysen Myers (Forward, Fargo, N.D.), and Claudia Verkerke (Forward, White Bear Lake, Minn.) signed National Letters of Intent to attend Bemidji State.
“These five young women are all exceptional people,” said head coach Jim Scanlan. “They are excellent students, outstanding leaders, terrific teammates and very talented hockey players. They are all multi-sport athletes! We are extremely excited to add their skill and leadership qualities to our group. They too will be tremendous ambassadors for Bemidji State University and our women’s hockey program.”
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Alexis Baker – 5-7 – Goalie – Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville South HS)
Lakeville South HS: With the Lakeville South High School women’s hockey program, Baker started in net for the Cougars her junior and senior seasons… Helped Lakeville South to the Minnesota State High School Tournament in 2015-16 as well as conference championships in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons… Named to the South Suburban All-Conference Team in 2016-17 by posting a 16-8-0 record with a 2.05 goals against average and .913 save percentage… Played for Team Minnesota in the World Selects Invitational U-14 Tournament held in Sweden and has participated in the HP 15 Minnesota Summer Hockey Camp and attended the USA Hockey National Select 16 Development Camp… Earned the Certificate of Achievement Academic Award for Lakeville South 2015-16.
Personal: Born on January 2, 2000 and is the daughter of Chad and Jacqueline Baker… Is currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… During her free time, Baker enjoys fishing, camping and drawing.
Scanlan on Baker: “Lexi comes to us from a very strong program at Lakeville South High School. Having played throughout her career in a very competitive conference and a tough section, the jump to this level will be easier. Lexi is a very athletic goalie, extremely hard working and has been a great teammate on every team she has participated with. She will add to our very strong goalie group.”
Alexi Cheveldayoff – 5-10 – Defense – Boca Raton, Fla. (St. Mary’s Academy (CSSHL))
St. Mary’s Academy (CSSHL): Helped guide the Flames to the Bronze Medal in the 2016 Female World Sport School Challenge… Led the Flames blue line by posting 20 points and 11 goals during the 2016-17 season… Member of the U-18 Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canadian National Championship… Attended the 2014, 2015 and 2017 USA National Development Camp held in St. Cloud, Minn... Member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll.
Personal: Born on March 17, 2000 and is the daughter of Kevin and Janet Cheveldayoff… Plans to major in Mathematics and Computer Science and minor in Physics while attending Bemidji State… Other interests include baking and cooking, traveling, golf, hiking, and fishing… Brother, Chase, plays hockey at Florida Atlantic and dad, Kevin, is the General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets.
Scanlan on Cheveldayoff: “Lexi is a very strong defensive defenseman and a very good puck mover. She is also very capable of adding offense to her game and providing us with another point producing defenseman. Lexi will add some grit to our D corp. She recently played for Manitoba in Hockey Canada’s U18 National Championship. She has worked extremely hard at elevating her game and is a leader on her current team.”
Ellie Moser – 5-8 – Forward – Farmington, Minn. (Farmington HS)
Farmington HS: Led the Tigers to the 2016-17 State Tournament and consolation title… Was named to the 2017 Minnesota State All-Tournament team as well as a 2017 All-State Honorable Mention after leading the Tigers in points (21) and goals (16)… Garnered four all-conference selections and was a two-sport athlete with letters in hockey and tennis including being selected as hockey team captain twice… Invited to the 2016 and 2017 USA Hockey Girls Select U-18 Player Development Camps as well as the 2015 USA Hockey National Girls Select 15 Development Camp… Also earned letters in academics all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born on April 9, 2000, Moser is the daughter of Scot and Colleen Moser… Currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… When not playing hockey, she enjoys playing tennis, working out, and cooking.
Scanlan on Moser: “Ellie has had an outstanding high school career at Farmington High School. She has been selected to USA Hockey’s top 66 camp two years in a row. She is a big, strong power forward who plays with pace and can really rip the puck. She has been one of the top scorers in the state the past three years. Ellie has invested in her game and worked hard to continue to get better.”
Graysen Myers – 5-7 – Forward – Fargo, N.D. (Fargo South HS)
Fargo South HS: Named to the 2016 and 2017 First Team All-State Hockey Team, the 2017 State Hockey All-Tournament Team, and the 2016 and 2017 All-Eastern Dakota Conference Team… Myers has earned four letters in hockey and five in soccer and was also named to the 2016 and 2017 All-Eastern Dakota Conference Soccer Team… A member of the National Honor Society, she also gathered academic letters all four years of high school.
Personal: Born on June 4, 2000, Myers is the daughter of Chris and Tricia Myers… Currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… Father, Chris, played hockey for NDSU.
Scanlan on Myers: “Graysen has been one of the top point producers for her Fargo South High School team and in the state of North Dakota her entire career. She is an outstanding two-way player who can play any forward position. Graysen has very good offensive instincts and despite opposing teams' best efforts to slow her down, she continues to pile up points.”
Claudia Verkerke – 5-8 – Forward – White Bear Lake, Minn. (White Bear Lake HS)
White Bear Lake HS: Captained the Bears both her junior and senior years and was named the White Bear Lake Most Determined Player… Posted 10 goals and eight assists in 2016-17… Attended the 2015 High Performance Minnesota State and National Camps and was named the Upper Midwest HS Elite League Player… Qualified for the 2016 Minnesota AA State Track and Field Meet and also participated in the 2017 State High School Girls True Team State Meet… Attended the 2017 Minnesota Wild Summit… Was awarded the Principal’s award and is a member of the National Honor Society… Student of the Year in PTLW: Intro to Engineering.
Personal: Born February 11, 2000, Verkerke is the daughter of Jeffery and Lisa Verkerke… Currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… Verkerke also enjoys arts and crafts, playing the ukulele and cello, and spending time with family and friends… Cousin, Zoe Verkerke, played hockey at St. Kate’s.
Scanlan on Verkerke: “Claudia plays her high school hockey for White Bear Lake where she has helped lead a resurgence for the Bears program. She is an outstanding skater who can create offense with her speed. She plays a 200-foot game and has increased her point production each season with the varsity team. She is another versatile player who can play any forward position.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).