Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey
|Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey|
|University||University of Minnesota, Duluth|
|Head coach||Shannon Miller|
|12th year, 334–101–35|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010|
|NCAA Tournament Frozen Four|
|2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|2000, 2003, 2008, 2010|
The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey team plays for the University of Minnesota Duluth at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota. The team is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Division I tier. The Bulldogs have won five NCAA Championships in the eleven-year history of the Women's NCAA Frozen Four.
On September 10, 1997, University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and Athletic Director Bob Corran announced that women's Division I hockey would be making its debut at UMD for the 1999-2000 season. On April 20, 1998, Shannon Miller, head coach of Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was hired as the head coach.
On October 1, 1999, the Bulldogs played their first exhibition game in Salt Lake City, Utah against the Olympic Oval Team from Calgary, Alberta. This game opened the new hockey facility for the 2002 Olympic Games.
The Bulldogs played the Wisconsin Badgers on October 8, 1999 in the first women's WCHA conference game at the Kohl Center in Madison, WI. It was the highest attended game of the season (3,892) and resulted in an 8-0 defeat of the Badgers. Forward Maria Rooth (Angelholm, Sweden) was selected as Player of the Week in the WCHA on November 22, 1999, the first for UMD.
The Bulldogs season-starting winning streak of 12 games was snapped by Princeton University with a 2-2 tie in Princeton, NJ on December 10, 1999. UMD won the Lake Placid Tournament hosted by St. Lawrence University on January 22, 2000. Freshman goalie Tuula Puputti, freshman forward Hanne Sikio and junior defenseman Brittny Ralph were named to the All-Tournament Team. Sikio was also selected as the Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Minnesota Gophers hand the Bulldogs their first conference loss 4-3 in a sold out game at Pioneer Hall (Duluth, MN) on February 11, 2000.
The Bulldogs clinched the women's WCHA regular season championship on February 26, 2000 with a sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato and earned the number one seed for the 2000 WCHA playoffs.
UMD took the inaugural NCAA Division I national championship on March 25, 2001 by defeating St. Lawrence University by a score of 4-2. This marked the first NCAA team championship for the Bulldogs. Maria Rooth was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament while her teammates Tuula Puputti and Brittny Ralph were named to the All-Tournament team. On June 25, 2001 the Bulldogs were honored at the White House by President George W. Bush, the first women's hockey team to be invited to the White House.
Five Bulldogs traveled to Salt Lake City to compete with their national teams at the 2002 Winter Olympics. From the 2001-2002 roster, forwards Maria Rooth and Erika Holst played for bronze medal winner Sweden while forward Hanne Sikio and goaltender Tuula Puputti skated for fourth-place Finland. Kristina Petrovskaia finished fifth with Team Russia. UMD also had two players in the Olympic final game, 2001-2002 newcomer and Olympic gold medalist Caroline Ouellette (Canada) and returning Bulldog and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Jenny Potter (USA).
The Bulldogs, 2002 NCAA national women’s hockey champions, were recognized by the Minnesota Twins baseball team at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis on May 6, 2002. Jenny Potter set an NCAA record (since tied) for most goals in one game with 6. This was accomplished on December 18, 2002 versus St. Cloud State. Ouellette set an NCAA record for most shorthanded goals in one game with 2. This was accomplished on November 14, 2003 versus North Dakota.
On January 21, 2011, The top-ranked Badgers defeated the Bulldogs on the opening night of AMSOIL arena in front of 1,639 fans. The Badgers defeated the Bulldogs 4-1, extending their 11 game-winning streak, best in the NCAA. The Bulldogs still lead the all-time series 26-21-9. A ceremonial puck drop featured Bulldog legends Jenny Potter, Caroline Ouellette and Maria Rooth. In both games, the Bulldogs wore special edition black jerseys. The following day (January 22), for only the second time this season, the Bulldogs found themselves in a two-goal deficit after the first period of play. Despite trailing the No. 1 University of Wisconsin by two goals in each of the three periods, the Bulldogs scored three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation to earn a 4-4 draw with the top-ranked Badgers in AMSOIL Arena.
Minnesota–Duluth, a traditional rival to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in men's hockey, would start its own rivalry in the women’s game. The school gave a three-year, $210,000 contract to Shannon Miller, who coached Canada to the 1998 Olympic final in Nagano. Miller recruited players from Canada, Finland and Sweden, including four Olympians. The rivalry grew as Miller recruited a pair of players away from Minnesota: star forward Jenny Schmidgall, (whose 93 points in 1999-2000 would lead the nation), and defenseman Brittny Ralph, who would serve as the Bulldogs' first ever captain. In the first season, Duluth would lose just once to the Gophers in their first five meetings, which included a 2-0 Bulldogs victory in the final of the WCHA tournament.
When the program still played at the DECC, despite the team's success, UMD women's hockey rarely drew a large crowd to its home ice. According to the website US College Hockey Online, the women's hockey team averaged 610 people out of an official 5233 seats, an 11.6% capacity. Even while winning five national titles, more than any other program, the Bulldogs averaged sixth in attendance in women's Division I hockey. The men's team, however, averaged an attendance of 4253 per game having won one national title, an 86.2% capacity rating. They moved in with the men's team in 2010 to the new AMSOIL Arena.
Season by season results
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
Records as of March 24, 2013
|2010-11||22||8||3||Shannon Miller||NCAA First Round|
|2009-10||31||8||2||Shannon Miller||NCAA Champions|
|2008-09||26||9||4||Shannon Miller||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2007-08||34||4||1||Shannon Miller||NCAA Champions|
|2002-03||31||3||2||Shannon Miller||NCAA Champions|
|2001-02||24||6||4||Shannon Miller||NCAA Champions|
|2000-01||28||5||4||Shannon Miller||NCAA Champions|
- The following Bulldogs players have participated in Olympic women's hockey:
- Maria Rooth, 2002 (Sweden)
- Erika Holst, 2002 (Sweden)
- Hanne Sikio, 2002 (Finland)
- Tuula Puputti, 2002 (Finland)
- Kristina Petrovskaia, 2002 (Russia)
- Caroline Ouellette, 2002, 2006 and 2010 (Canada)
- Jenny Schmidgall-Potter 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 (United States)
- Haley Irwin, 2010 Canadian Olympic Team
- Mariia Posa, 2010 Finnish Olympic Team
- Saara Tuominen, 2010 Finnish Olympic Team
- Former Bulldog Leah Wrazidlo was a referee for women’s games at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Wrazidlo was the first woman to referee an international men's hockey game in 2005 when France played Italy on Nov. 12, 2005 in Turin, Italy.
- Jennifer Harss, 2006 (Germany)
- February 25, 2010: Former Bulldog Caroline Ouellette (Team Canada assistant captain) and redshirt Bulldogs player Haley Irwin won gold medals with Team Canada in women’s hockey. Ouellette won her third gold medal and became the Bulldog with the most gold medals. Team USA forward Jenny Potter won the silver and became the most decorated Olympic medalist in Bulldogs hockey history. Former Bulldogs Saara Tuominen, Mariia Posa and Heidi Pelttari won bronze with Finland. In total, seven active or former Bulldogs won Olympic medals. The Swedish team included former Bulldogs Maria Rooth and Erika Holst and redshirted Bulldogs Elin Holmlov, Pernilla Winberg, Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.
- Won the first three NCAA Division I women's ice hockey national championships in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- On March 18, 2007 the Bulldogs lost in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game to Wisconsin 4-1.
- The Bulldogs won their fourth national title in 2008 by defeating two-time defending champion Wisconsin 4-0 in Duluth. The victory capped a memorable season for UMD, which went 33-4-1 and also scored an overtime victory over Wisconsin to win the title of the WCHA Final Face-off, the league playoff championship.
- Won their fifth NCAA Division I women's ice hockey national championship in 2010.
Awards and honors
- Jessica Koizumi, 2007 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
- Maria Rooth, Player of the Week in the WCHA on November 22, 1999
- Emmanuelle Blais, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
- Jessica Wong, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
- Laura Fridfinnson, 2010 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
Patty Kazmaier Award nominees
- Noemie Marin, Top 10 Finalist, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award
- Noemie Marin, Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award 
- Riitta Schaublin, Top 3 Finalist, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Award
- Emmanuelle Blais, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
- Laura Fridfinnson, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
- Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003-04 season, Points per game, 2.38
- Caroline Ouellette, NCAA leader, 2003-04 season, Assists per game, 1.47
- Patricia Sautter, NCAA leader, 2001-02 season, Goalie winning percentage, .868
- Maria Rooth is the only University of Minnesota Duluth female athlete in any sport to have her jersey number retired.
- Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey
- List of college women's ice hockey coaches with 250 wins (Shannon Miller ranks sixth on all-time list)
- "A celebration to honor the 2010 NCAA Champions will take place Friday". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics. Monday, March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Video". CNN. April 3, 2000.
- "Rooth was named an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season, replacing former Bulldog Michelle McAteer who left the program to assume head coaching duties at Augsburg College". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics. Thursday, May 6, 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.