BEMIDJI, Minn. – Seniors Kiki Radke and Abby Halluska will serve as the team captains for the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team during the 2019-20 season, while senior Heather Olson will serve as the alternate captain. The three were voted as team captains for the 2019-20 by returning players.
“I am very excited to announce our team captains for the upcoming season,” said Bemidji State Head Coach Jim Scanlan. “All three of these young women have provided tremendous leadership throughout their time in our program. They earned the trust and respect from their teammates who voted them to be our captains. Kiki, Abby and Heather are all high-character players who lead by example every day. They are outstanding student-athletes who will be tremendous ambassadors for the Bemidji State women’s hockey program.”
Radke is one of two Beavers to wear the “C” during the season after serving as an alternate captain during the 2018-19 season. The senior from Hastings, Minn., has appeared in 101 career games for the Beavers and has totaled 32 points, off of nine goals and 23 assists, to stand fifth among returning players. Last season Radke appeared in 33 games and tied for seventh in scoring with 11 points (3g-8a), one shy from tying a career high. She is an essential part of the Beavers’ penalty-kill and power-play units by helping Bemidji State rank third nationally on the penalty kill (.882) last season while also scoring three career power-play goals. Radke is a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team selection as well as an AHCA Honors First “All-American Scholars” recipient.
Halluska joins Radke to wear the “C” and will serve as a team captain for the first time in her career. A senior from Delano, Minn., Halluska has never missed a game in her career and has skated in 109 games in three seasons which is tied for the most among returning players. She has recorded 41 points off of 21 goals and 20 assists in her career and is tied for third among returners in career points (41) and second in career goals (21). Last season, Halluska tied for second on the team with nine goals and ranked fifth with a career-high 16 points. She has also been a key member of the Beavers’ power play and has scored four career power-play goals. Halluska is a two-time WCHA Scholar Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team selection as well as an AHCA Honors First “All-American Scholars” recipient.
Olson will serve as the lone alternate captain during the season and dawns a letter for the first time in her career. The senior from Bemidji has appeared in 69 games during her three-year career including all 36 games last season. Olson posted a career-best three points (3a) including a power-play assist in 2018-19 and has totaled four points (4a) in her career. She blocked 47 shots for third on the team last season and has 66 career blocks. Olson is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection.
The Beavers finished with a 13-21-2 mark during the 2018-19 season and finished fifth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with a 10-12-2-0 league record before being eliminated from the WCHA Playoffs First Round by University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bemidji State opens in the 2019-20 season September 27 with a home exhibition game against the University of Regina. It officially begins the season October 4-5 with a home series against Lindenwood University.
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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).