Women’s Hockey Club Plays in National Tournament
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 13:08
The NDSU Women’s Hockey Club will play in Washington, D.C., for the National American Collegiate Hockey Association tournament this week.
To qualify for the tournament, the team had to be ranked at least fourth in its conference. The ranking was based on records, stats and schedule strength. The team came in fourth behind University of Alaska Fairbanks, UMD, and UW Stout. The team ended the season with some of the best stats in its division, with 14 wins, four losses and one tie.
The Women’s Hockey Club, a student-run organization, has been a part of NDSU for less than nine years. The club is responsible for scheduling its games, practices, ice time and referees, as well as managing its own finances.
“The club comprises between 12 and 17 skaters each year, and we play different schools like Iowa State, SDSU, Minot State, University of Minnesota Duluth and University of Alaska Fairbanks,” said team captain and club president Ellie Dahl. “We practice twice a week and play two games every weekend from October to March, both home and away.”
Dahl said the team hopes that being ranked one of the top teams in the league will increase the team’s publicity among other schools.
“We hope that people will begin to realize that NDSU does have hockey, and we hope to gain more fans and get the word out about us, proving that we are successful as well.”
The team decided to sell T-shirts to fund their trip after seeing how successful the sale of homecoming T-shirts is every year. CreateMyTee design company offered to support the team by designing a shirt they could sell to NDSU students and staff.
“We didn’t get the funding we were hoping to get for nationals, as it was not budgeted for, and we only have two weeks to make up a large chunk of money,” Dahl said. “So we decided one way we could make quick money and to get word out about our club was to sell T-shirts to friends, family and students at NDSU.”
The team will continue to sell T-shirts for $10 to $15 after the tournament.
Dahl said the shirts are a great way to represent sports teams at NDSU and promote the school and its organizations. She hopes the hockey team will get support, because this is the first time they have gone to nationals since 2005.
Dahl said she feels honored to be able to travel to D.C. to represent NDSU and celebrate a successful season with her team.
“All sports at the university should be recognized, both at a club and varsity level, as we all make a commitment and dedicate our time to represent our school,” Dahl said. “We are the only women’s hockey team that the university has, and we want to give the students the opportunity to enjoy the sport we love by watching and cheering us on.”