BEMIDJI, Minn. – Former Bemidji State University women’s hockey players Tina Kampa and Mak Langei were drafted by the Minnesota Whitecaps in the 2021 National Women’s Hockey League Draft Tuesday. The pair mark the second and third Beavers to be selected in the draft as BSU was one of just six collegiate programs in the country to produce more than one draft pick.
Langei was the sixth and final pick of the first round and stands as the first BSU player to be drafted in the league’s opening round. The Whitecaps selected the former Beaver captain after a senior season during which the defender posted a pair of goals, including a game-winner, and an assist in 20 games. She also posted a team- and Western Collegiate Hockey Association-best 73 blocked shots to finished the 2020-21 season second in all of collegiate women’s hockey. At the conclusion of the season, she was selected as the WCHA’s Student-Athlete of the Year. She ended her BSU career with 11 goals and 36 assists for a total of 47 points to rank eighth on BSU’s career points by a defenseman list.
A three-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, a three-time selection as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, and a three-time American Hockey Coaches Association Scholar All-American pick, Langei was also a 2019 WCHA Third Team selection and was voted to the WCHA All-Rookie team in 2018.
Kampa was drafted with the Whitecaps’ second pick, No. 12 overall and sixth of the second round. She enters the professional ranks after leading BSU blueliners with six points on one goal and five assists in 2020-21 to tie for 11th in the WCHA. She was second in the league, behind Langei, and finished fourth in Division I with 57 blocked shots as one of 12 Beavers to see time in all 20 games last winter. Kampa finished her Bemidji State with 33 points on four goals and 29 assists in 127 games played, including 109 consecutive. She left BSU sitting ninth on the program’s career points by a defenseman list and is ninth in career assists by a defenseman.
A two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection, Kampa also made an appearance as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete as a senior and was a two-time AHCA Scholar All-American.
The BSU duo was part of 30 players selected by the six NWHL teams Tuesday, which included 19 from NCAA Division I teams, three from U SPORTS teams, and two hailing form NCAA Division III programs. A total of 16 forwards, 13 defenders and one goal hailing from five country around the world.
The NWHL is a professional women’s hockey league founded in 2015 with a mission of providing strong female role models for the community while fueling the continued growth of the sport and brand of women’s hockey.
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 Central Collegiate Hockey Association and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, respectively, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).