New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey

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New Hampshire Wildcats Women's Ice Hockey
Current season
New Hampshire Wildcats Women's Ice Hockey athletic logo

University New Hampshire
Conference Hockey East
Head coach Hilary Witt
8th (1st at UNH) year, 96–126–24
Arena Whittemore Center Arena
Capacity: 6,501
Location Durham, New Hampshire
Colors UNH Blue and White

             

NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
2006
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference Tournament Champions
ECAC: 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996
Conference Regular Season Champions
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

The New Hampshire Wildcats represent the University of New Hampshire. They have won five ECAC championships between 1986 and 1996. When the Wildcats joined Hockey East, they won four Hockey East titles from 2006 to 2009. The Wildcats have more wins than any other women's ice hockey program at 668 in its first 32 years. The Wildcats went undefeated in their initial 74 games (73-0-1) spanning the 1978 through 1982 seasons. A UNH goaltender has been declared Hockey East Goaltending Champion in the first six years of the league’s existence.[1] From 2007 to 2009, UNH hosted NCAA Tournament Regional home games.

Season by season[edit]

Year Wins Losses Ties Coach Postseason
2014-15 Hilary Witt
2013-14 9 23 2 McCloskey, Brian
2012-13 14 16 4 McCloskey, Brian
2011-12 10 22 3 McCloskey, Brian
2010-11 14 16 2 McCloskey, Brian
2009-10 19 9 5 McCloskey, Brian
2008-09 24 6 5 McCloskey, Brian
2007-08 33 4 1 McCloskey, Brian
2006-07 28 4 5 McCloskey, Brian
2005-06 33 3 1 McCloskey, Brian
2004-05 21 8 6 McCloskey, Brian
2003-04 23 9 4 McCloskey, Brian
2002-03 27 7 2 McCloskey, Brian
2001-02 19 12 5 Kay, Karen
2000-01 17 17 0 Kay, Karen
1999-00 24 10 0 Kay, Karen
1998-99 23 7 5 Kay, Karen
1997-98 31 5 3 Kay, Karen Division I National Champions
1996-97 23 9 3 Kay, Karen
1995-96 24 5 2 Kay, Karen
1994-95 23 10 2 Kay, Karen
1993-94 14 10 3 Kay, Karen
1992-93 17 5 2 Kay, Karen
1991-92 15 6 2 McCurdy, Russ
1990-91 19 3 0 McCurdy, Russ
1989-90 20 3 1 McCurdy, Russ
1988-89 16 6 0 McCurdy, Russ
1987-88 15 5 1 McCurdy, Russ
1986-87 18 1 3 McCurdy, Russ
1985-86 18 3 1 McCurdy, Russ
1984-85 18 3 0 McCurdy, Russ
1983-84 16 4 0 McCurdy, Russ
1982-83 19 1 0 McCurdy, Russ
1981-82 18 1 1 McCurdy, Russ
1980-81 21 0 0 McCurdy, Russ
1979-80 20 0 0 McCurdy, Russ
1978-79 16 0 1 McCurdy, Russ
1977-78 15 0 0 McCurdy, Russ

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History[edit]

The Wildcats competed in the first AWCHA Division I National Ice Hockey Championship. Contested in March 1998, the Wildcats defeated the Brown Bears by a 4-1 score, to become the first recognized national champion in women's college ice hockey.[6] On January 15, 2000, Carisa Zaban recorded her second straight hat trick (including her 100th career goal), while Samantha Holmes scored one goal and five assists. The Wildcats defeated Northeastern by a score of 9-1.

2006 to 2008[edit]

From 2005-06 to 2007-08, the Wildcats set school records with 33 wins in 2006 and 2008. The 2006 team broke seven team and three individual UNH records as well as four team and one individual NCAA records, and 14 team and five individual Hockey East records. In addition, the club had its first perfect season at the Whittemore Center in 2006 (17-0-0). In 2006-07, the club was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the 2007 season (ended at No. 4). The club’s 28 wins in 2007 ranks fourth on program’s single-season list The following year, in 2007-08, New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 in the nation for eight weeks in the 2008 season. In 2008, the Wildcats ended the year #1 in the nation in penalty kill, #2 in offense, #2 in defense and #2 in power play. The 2008 Wildcats broke six Hockey East team records and tied two others en route to the league’s first undefeated season. During the 2007-08 season, Sam Faber of New Hampshire set an NCAA record (since tied) for most game winning goals in one season with 13.[7]

Current roster[edit]

Number Name Position 'Year Height Home Town’’’ Previous Team’’’
1 Marie-Eve Jean G Jr 5-8 Gatineau, Quebec John Abbott College
2 Ashley Wilkes G So 5-9 North Pole, Alaska North American Hockey Academy
3 Haley Breedlove D Jr 5-10 Plano, Texas Alliance Bulldogs
4 Heather Kashman F Sr 5-9 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Thunder
5 Julia Fedeski D Fr 5-10 Algonquin Highlands, Ontario Bisho Strachan School
6 Jonna Curtis F Jr 5-3 Elk River, Michigan Elk River
7 Sara Carlson (C) F Jr 5-9 Hutchinson, Minnesota Minnesota Whitecaps
8 Nicoline Jensen F Jr 5-5 Rødovre, Denmark Danish National Team Previous College: Castleton
9 Brenna Boulanger F Sr 5-9 Dover, New Hampshire St. Thomas Aquinas
10 Amy Schlagel D Fr 5.-8 Blaine, Minnesota Blaine H.S.
11 Kaylee Forster D Fr 5-8 Zimmerman, Minnesota Elk River
13 Amy Boucher F Fr 5-7 Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Thunder
15 Brittney Redlick F Jr 5-6 Biggar, Saskatchewan Warner Hockey School
16 Ali Praus F Fr 5-10 Long Lake, Minnesota Benilde-St. Margaret's
17 Jenna Lascelle F Sr 5-6 Cornwall, Ontario Ontario Hockey Academy
18 Kate Haslett D So 5-4 Rothesay, New Brunswick Brooks School
19 Cassandra Vilgrain F So 5-5 Calgary, Alberta Edge School for Athletes
20 Margo Lund F Jr 5-9 St. Paul, Minnesota Hill-Murray School Previous College: St. Lawrence
21 Jess Ryan D Sr 5-3 Cloquet, Minnesota Cloquet
22 Caroline Broderick D Sr 5-11 Marblehead, Massachusetts Ontario Hockey Academy
23 Brooke Avery F Fr 5-10 Loudon, New Hampshire St. Paul's
24 Kayla Mork F Sr 5-4 Victoria, Minnesota Breck
26 Carlee Toews F Fr 5-5 Grand Prairie, Alberta Okanagan Hockey Academy
27 Hannah Armstrong (C) F Sr 5-9 Aurora, Ont. Dr. Denison Secondary
35 Vilma Vaattovaara G Jr 5-7 Veikkola, Finland Ilves

Erin Whitten[edit]

Erin Whitten shut out Dartmouth College in her collegiate debut. She began her coaching career when she joined the UNH women’s ice hockey staff on July 17, 2000. On July 27, 2006, she was promoted to the position of associate head coach on July 27, 2006.

First Outdoor Game[edit]

  • Aug 21: The Northeastern University women’s hockey team will face New Hampshire at Fenway Park on Jan. 8, 2010, in the first outdoor women’s college hockey game ever. The 4 p.m. game played between the Huskies and Wildcats will be the first game of a Hockey East Doubleheader. The men’s teams at Boston College and Boston University will face off at 7:30 p.m. This will be the 110th all-time matchup between the Huskies and the Wildcats.[8] In the prior 109 matches, New Hampshire has a 73-28-7 record vs. the Huskies.

Notable players[edit]

  • Kacey Bellamy
  • Karyn Bye
  • Colleen Coyne
  • Tricia Dunn
  • Sam Faber
  • Samantha Holmes
  • Sue Merz
  • Kelly Paton
  • Erin Whitten (Four-year varsity goaltender at New Hampshire from 1989–93)
  • Carisa Zaban
  • In the 2009-10 season, Kelly Paton ranked near the top in several scoring categories in the NCAA. She ranked fourth in assists per game (1.00), fifth in points per game (1.59) and tied for sixth in points (51). She led the Wildcats in points (51), goals (19) and plus/minus (plus-16). Paton was named Hockey East co-Player of the Year and won the Hockey East Three Stars Award. In addition, Paton was a unanimous All-Hockey East First Team selection, three-time Hockey East Player of the Month and three-time Hockey East Player of the Week.

Championships and accolades[edit]

  • UNH's history includes four consecutive EAIAW (Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) titles from 1980–83 and five ECAC titles (1986-87-90-91-96).
  • In 1998, New Hampshire won the inaugural women's ice hockey championship (sponsored by the American Women's College Hockey Alliance) in 1998 at the FleetCenter in Boston. In that 1998 season, Brandy Fisher won the inaugural Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top women's collegiate player. Four Wildcats were also members of the 1998 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team.[9]
  • ECAC titles (1990, 1991)
  • ECAC runner-up (1992, 1993)
  • Appeared in the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2008
  • Hockey East regular-season champions in ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08
  • Hockey East Tournament champions in ‘06 ‘07 ‘08

Awards and honors[edit]

Wildcats player Brandy Fisher was the first ever Patty Kazmaier Award winner. The program has had four finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award. Besides Fisher, the others have included Nicki Luongo in 1999, Carisa Zaban in 2000 and Kelly Paton in 2010.

  • Courtney Birchard, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star[10]
  • Courtney Birchard, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America Second Team [11]
  • Winny Brodt, 1998 AWCHA Tournament Most Outstanding player[12]
  • Tricia Dunn, Forward, New Hampshire; 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team[13]
  • Brandy Fisher, F, 1996 ECAC Tournament most valuable player[14]
  • Brandy Fisher, Patty Kazmaier Award
  • Martine Garland, Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award [15]
  • Carolyn Gordon, 2003-04 Hockey East Player of the Year[16]
  • Samantha Holmes, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team [17]
  • Jen Huggon, All-America honors in 2003
  • Carrie Jokiel, 2000 Sarah Devens Award[18]
  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 Hockey East Rookie of the Year
  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Star
  • Kristina Lavoie, 2010 WHEA All-Rookie Team[19]
  • Micaela Long, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star
  • Micaela Long, 2010 Hockey East Scoring Champion[20]
  • Nicki Luongo, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, First Team[21]
  • Kerry Maher, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Kira Misikowetz, Forward, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Division I All-Star Team[22]
  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, October 2009[23]
  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, November 2009
  • Kelly Paton – New Hampshire, WHEA Player of the Month, February 2010[24]
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Hockey East Co-Player of the Year[25]
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 WHEA First-Team All-Star
  • Kelly Paton, Runner Up, 2010 Hockey East Scoring Champion
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Frozen Four Skills Competition participant[26]
  • Kelly Paton, 2010 Women's RBK Hockey Division I All-America First Team [27]
  • Heather Reinke, Defense, 1996 All-ECAC Team
  • Heather Reinke, Defense, 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team
  • Dina Solimini, Goaltender, 1996 ECAC All-Tournament Team
  • Dina Solimini, 1996 ECAC Honor Roll
  • Erin Whitten, USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year (1994)
  • Erin Whitten, UNH Department of Women’s Athletics Athlete of the Year (1993)
  • Erin Whitten, ECAC Goaltender of the Year (1992)
  • Erin Whitten, ECAC First Team (1992 and 1993)
  • Erin Whitten, ECAC All-Star Selection (equivalent to First Team status) in 1990 and 1991[28]
  • Carisa Zaban, 1996 ECAC Honor Roll[29]
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, Second Team
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999-2000 New England Hockey Writers Association Women's Division I All-Star Team
  • Carisa Zaban, 1999-2000 All-America selection
  • Carisa Zaban, 2000 Patty Kazmaier Award finalist

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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