The Minnesota Golden Gophers women's hockey team will represent the University of Minnesota Duluth in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey season. The Bulldogs will attempt to win their sixth NCAA women's Frozen Four championship. The school will be hosting two postseason events: the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four Championship, and the 2011 WCHA's Final Face-Off, both at AMSOIL Arena. Of note, head coach Miller was chair of the Ethics Committee for US women's college hockey. In addition, she was a member of the the NCAA Division 1 Championships Committee, one of only two coaches in the entire country to serve on both committees.
May 12: Winnipeg, Manitoba native Steve MacDonald replaces Maria Rooth as an assistant coach on the Bulldogs. MacDonald served as the Balmoral Hall School Director of Hockey and Varsity Prep head coach and was also in Hockey Canada’s national team coaching pool. 
June 8: Two members of the Swedish national team will join the Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season. Tina Enstrom and Erika Grahm both played for Sweden at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
June 16: Shannon Miller has been named the coaching mentor for the Russian Senior National Team as part of the IIHF Mentorship Program. This new initiative will begin on July 1, 2011 and Miller’ mentorship will assist the Russian team in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
July 30: Bulldogs assistant coach Laura Schuler has been named the head coach for the Canadian National Under-22 training camp. Said camp will be held August 7-16 at the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland, Ontario.
September 7: Senior forwards Haley Irwin and Kacy Ambroz have been appointed team captains for the upcoming season. Goaltenders Jennifer Harss and Lana Steck will both be assistant captains.