Collins Named to All-WCHA Rookie Team
Thursday, March 9, 2006
Mar. 9, 2006
Women’s Ice Hockey

MADISON , Wis. - The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team had fourteen players honored yesterday for Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) awards. Freshman Brooke Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba) was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team as thirteen other Bemidji State players were named to the All-Academic team.

Collins joins Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.), Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.) and Amber Fryklund as the only Bemidji State players to garner a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie team. In her freshman campaign Collins tied for fourth in scoring for the Beavers with her sixteen points and she was second in assists with fourteen for Bemidji State. Among defensemen in the WCHA she was seventh in scoring and also finished seventh in scoring for all freshman in the WCHA. Collins also lead all freshman defenseman in scoring in the WCHA with her sixteen points on the season.

Bemidji State University also had thirteen players named to the WCHA All-Academic Team, this is the most players to garner this award in Bemidji State’s seven year history. Earning WCHA All-Academic honors for the Beavers were; Haley Balcom (Elk River, Minn.), Mandy Bambrough (Toronto, Ontario), Emily Brookshaw (Webster, Wis.), Aimee Collins (Pilot Mound, Manitoba), Tara Hiscock (Bemidji, Minn.), Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.), Jaime LeDuc (International Falls, Minn.), Jill Luebke (Neenah, Wis.), Jessica Pullar (Elk River, Minn.), Kate Robinson (Shanty Bay, Ontario), Millisa Smith (Elk River, Minn.), Helena Tageson (Malmo, Sweden), and Nina Ziegenhals (Sankt Augustin, Germany).

To earn a position on the WCHA All-Academic Team, each player must meet the following criteria: 1). Must have completed at least one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to current academic year; 2). Have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the two previous semesters or three quarters; 3). Have competed in at least one-half of her institution’s varsity intercollegiate ice hockey games during the current season (goaltenders must have played in 33 percent of all games).

Other awards were also handed out on Wednesday afternoon. Wisconsin’s Sara Bauer was named WCHA Player of the Year, Wisconsin’s Bobbi-Jo Slusar was selected as the WCHA Defensive Player of the year, Gigi Marvin of the University of Minnesota took home Rookie of the Year honors and Riitta Schaublin from Minnesota Duluth garnered the WCHA Student Athlete of the Year award. Earning coach of the year honors was Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson.

2005-06 All-WCHA First Team
Postion Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Sara Bauer Wisconsin Jr. St. Catharines, Ontario
Forward Erica McKenzie Minnesota So. Hastings, Minn.
Forward Jana Harrigan Ohio State Sr. Burlington, Ontario
Defense Bobbi-Jo Slusar Wisconsin Jr. Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Defense Amber Bowman Ohio State Jr. Innisfil, Ontario
Goaltender Riitta Schaublin UMD Jr. Basel, Switzerland

2005-06 All-WCHA Second Team
Postion Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Noemie Marin UMD Jr. St. Myacinthe, Quebec
Forward Kristy Oonincx SCSU Sr. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Forward Sharon Cole Wisconsin Sr. Bloomington, Minn.
Defense Rachael Drazan UMD So. Orono, Minn.
Defense Meaghan Mikkelson Wisconsin Jr. St. Albert, Alberta
Goaltener Meghan Horras Wisconsin Sr. Appleton, Wis.

2005-06 All-WCHA Third Team
Postion Name School Yr. Hometown
Forward Gigi Marvin Minnesota Fr. Warroad, Minn.
Forward Hailey Clarkson SCSU Jr. Winnepegosis, Manitoba
Forward Michaela Lanzl UMD Fr. Geretsmed, Germany
Defense Lisa Chesson Ohio State So. Plainfield, Ill.
Defense Krista McArthur UMD Sr. Alliston, Ontario
Goaltender Lauri St. Jacques SCSU Jr. Sturgeon Falls, Ontario