The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs women’s ice hockey team plays for the University of Minnesota Duluth at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. The team is one of the members 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 ten 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, the head coach of the Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was hired as the head coach for the Bulldogs Women's Hockey Team.
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 ever 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 on January 22, 2000, that was hosted by St. Lawrence University. 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 title on February 26, 2000. This was accomplished with a sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato. The result was that the Bulldogs 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 marks the first ever 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 Bulldogs were the first ever 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, a 2001-2002 newcomer and Olympic gold medallist Caroline Ouellette (Canada) and returning Bulldog and 2002 Olympic silver medallist Jenny Potter (USA). The 2002 NCAA National women’s hockey champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs were recognized by the Minnesota Twins baseball team at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis on May 6, 2002.
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-Potter, (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 Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament. 
Season by season resultsEdit
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
Records as of January 19, 2010
|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 Swedish Olympic team
- Erika Holst, 2002 Swedish Olympic team
- Hanne Sikio, 2002 Finnish Olympic team
- Tuula Puputti, 2002 Finnish Olympic team
- Kristina Petrovskaia, 2002 Russian Olympic team
- Caroline Ouellette, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Canadian Olympic team
- Jenny Schmidgall-Potter 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 US Olympic team
- Haley Irwin, 2010 Canadian Olympic Team
- Mariia Posa, 2010 Finnish Olympic Team
- Saara Tuominen, 2010 Finnish Olympic Team
- Former Bulldog Leah Wrazidlo has been selected as a referee for women’s games at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a sidenote, she became the first woman to referee an international men's hockey game in 2005, as France met Italy on Nov. 12, 2005, in Turin, Italy.
- February 25, 2010: Former Bulldogs player Caroline Ouellette (Team Canada assistant captain) and redshirt Bulldogs player Haley Irwin both 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. Current Bulldogs Saara Tuominen and Mariia Posa won bronze with Finland. In total, seven active or former Bulldogs won Olympic medals.  Alumnus Heidi Pelttari, and Maria Rooth also won bronze with Finland. The Swedish team included former Bulldog Erika Holst and four redshirted Bulldogs. The redshirted Bulldogs representing Sweden were Elin Homlov, Pernilla Winberg, Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.
- Won the first three ever NCAA Women's Ice Hockey National Championship in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
- On March 18, 2007, the Bulldogs fall in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game to Wisconsin 4-1.
- They won their fourth national title in 2008 by defeating two-time defending champion Wisconsin, 4-0, in Duluth in the NCAA title game. 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 championships. 
- Won their fifth NCAA Women's Ice Hockey National Championship in 2010.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Emmanuelle Blais, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
- Laura Fridfinnson, 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award nominee
- Jessica Koizumi is named to the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team
- Noemie Marin, Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award 
- Maria Rooth, Player of the Week in the WCHA on November 22, 1999
- Riitta Schaublin, 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalists
- Maria Rooth is the only University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey player to have her jersey retired above the ice of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. 
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- ↑ A celebration to honor the 2010 NCAA Champions will take place Friday. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Monday, March 22, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
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- ↑ Rooth is back as the Bulldogs new assistant coach. Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics (Thursday, May 6, 2010). Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
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