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The women’s division of the WCHA is a college athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I. Each team plays 28 league games, but with only eight teams, each team plays four games against every other, in the form of two home games and two road games.

The women's WCHA seeds all 8 teams, and conducts an standard 8 team tournament at a single site over 4 days. The winner receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Prior to the NCAA establishing a women's ice hockey championship (2000–01 season), the American Women's College Hockey Alliance held a national championship from the 1997–98 season to the 1999–2000 season. Minnesota won the AWCHA championship in 2000.

ChampionshipsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year School
1999-00 Minnesota Duluth
2000-01 Minnesota
2001-02 Minnesota
2002-03 Minnesota Duluth
2003-04 Minnesota
2004-05 Minnesota
2005-06 Wisconsin
2006-07 Wisconsin
2007-08 Minnesota Duluth*
2008-09 Minnesota
2009-10 Minnesota
2010-11Wisconsin

Playoff ChampionsEdit

Year School
1999-00 Minnesota Duluth
2000-01 Minnesota Duluth
2001-02 Minnesota
2002-03 Minnesota Duluth
2003-04 Minnesota
2004-05 Minnesota
2005-06 Wisconsin
2006-07 Wisconsin
2007-08 Minnesota Duluth
2008-09 Wisconsin
2009-10 Minnesota Duluth
2010-11Wisconsin

Awards and honorsEdit

WCHA player of the yearEdit

Year Player Position School
1999-00 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter FUMD
2000-01 Courtney Kennedy D UM
2001-02 Ronda Curtin D UM
2002-03 Jenny Schmidgall-Potter F UMD
2003-04 Krissy Wendell F UM
2004-05 Krissy Wendell F UM
2005-06 Sara Bauer F UW
2006-07 Sara Bauer F UW
2007-08 Tessa Bonhomme D OSU
2008-09 Hilary Knight F UW
2009-10 Tie: Felicia Nelson
Zuzana Tomcikova
F (Nelson)
G (Tomcikova)
SCSU
BSU
[[2010–11 Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's ice hockey season|2010–11Meghan Duggan[1]FWisconsin

Student-Athlete of the Year Edit

Year Player Position School
1999-00 Katie Beaudy
Shannon Kennedy
G(Beaudy)
F(Kennedy)
MSU
UM
2000-01 Bre Dedrickson G BSU
2001-02 Guylaine Hache F BSU
2002-03 Anik Cote G BSU
2003-04 Emma Laaksonen D OSU
2004-05 Caroline Ouellette F UMD
2005-06 Riitta Schaublin G UMD
2006-07 Riitta Schaublin G UMD
2007-08 Casie Hanson F UND
2008-09 Gigi Marvin F UM
2009-10 Caitlin Hogan F SCSU

Defensive Player of the YearEdit

Year Player Position School
1999-00 Winny Brodt D UM
2000-01 Courtney Kennedy D UM
2001-02 Ronda Curtin D UM
2002-03 Ronda Curtin D UM
2003-04 Molly Engstrom D UW
2004-05 Molly Engstrom D UW
2005-06 Bobbi-Jo Slusar D UM
2006-07 Meaghan Mikkelson D UW
2007-08 Tessa Bonhomme D OSU
2008-09 Melanie Gagnon D UM
2009-10 Anne Schleper D UM

Rookie of the YearEdit

Year Player Position School
1999-00 Maria Rooth F UMD
2000-01 Meghan Hunter F UW
2001-02 Jeni Creary F OSU
2002-03 Natalie Darwitz F UM
2003-04 Sara Bauer F UW
2004-05 Bobbi Ross F UM
2005-06 Gigi Marvin F UM
2006-07 Meghan Duggan F UW
2007-08 Haley Irwin F UMD
2008-09 Monique Lamoureux F UM
2009-10 Hokey Langan F OSU
2010-11Amanda Kessel[2]FMinnesota

Coach of the YearEdit

Year Player School
1999-00 Shannon Miller UMD
2000-01Tie: Laura Halldorson
Kerry Wethington
UM
St. Cloud
2001-02 Laura Halldorson UM
2002-03 Tie: Mark Johnson
Shannon Miller
Wisconsin
UMD
2003-04 Jeff Vizenor MSU
2004-05 Laura Halldorson UM
2005-06 Mark Johnson Wisconsin
2006-07 Mark Johnson Wisconsin
2007-08 Brad Frost UM
2008-09Tie: Brad Frost
Mark Johnson
UM
Wisconsin
2009-10 Steve Sertich BSU
2010-11 Mark Johnson Wisconsin

Patty Kazmaier AwardEdit

KrissyWendell Kazmaier

Krissy Wendell was the first player from the WCHA to win the Patty Kazmaier Award

Year Winner Position School
2005 Krissy Wendell Forward Minnesota
2006 Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin
2009 Jessie Vetter Goaltender Wisconsin
2011 Meghan Duggan ForwardWisconsin

Player accomplishmentsEdit

Scoring championEdit

Year Player Position School
2003-04 Jenny Potter F UMD
2004-05 Natalie Darwitz F UM
2005-06 Erica McKenzie F UM
2006-07 Sara Bauer FWisconsin
2007-08 Haley Irwin F UMD
2008-09 Monique Lamoureux F UM
2009-10 Hokey Langan F OSU
2010-11 Meghan Duggan F Wisconsin

Goaltending championEdit

Year Player School
2003-04 Meghan Horras UW
2004-05 Jody Horak UM
2005-06 Kim Hanlon UM
2006-07 Christine Dufour UW
2007-08 Jessie Vetter UW
2008-09 Alyssa Grogan UM
2009-10 Noora Raty UM

EventsEdit

  • Feb 6, 2010: The No. 9 Wisconsin women's hockey team (16-10-3, 13-9-1 WCHA) defeated the Bemidji State Beavers (8-14-7, 7-9-7 WCHA), 6-1, in the first ever Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers played in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 8,263 fans in the second-ever women’s hockey outdoor showdown. Sophomore Carolyne Prevost scored the first goal in Camp Randall history at the 16:53 mark and backhanded it in to put the Badgers up 1-0. The Badgers dominated offensively, outshooting the Beavers 42-13. Freshman Becca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) finished with 13 saves in net for Wisconsin,[3]
  • January 28-29, 2011: Alex Rigsby made a combined 50 saves and allowed three goals as the top-ranked Badgers earned a tie and victory against Minnesota. She 23 saves on January 28 in a 2-2 overtime tie. The following day, she made 27 saves while earning her 17th victory of the season. The match was played before a women’s college hockey record crowd of 10,668. Over the two game period, she had a .943 saves percentage and had four shutout periods, including the one 5:00 overtime segment. She is now unbeaten in her last 11 games and her .900 winning percentage leads the WCHA. Her 1.95 GAA is first in the WCHA.

Team of the DecadeEdit

Player Position School Nationality
Sara Bauer Forward Wisconsin Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Tessa Bonhomme Defense Ohio State Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ronda Curtin Defense Minnesota Flag of the United States United States
Natalie Darwitz Forward Minnesota Flag of the United States United States
Molly Engstrom Defense Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States
Caroline Ouellette Forward Minnesota-Duluth Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Jenny Schmidgall-Potter Forward Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth Flag of the United States United States
Maria Rooth Forward Minnesota-Duluth Flag of Sweden Sweden
Jessie Vetter Goaltender Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States
Krissy Wendell Forward Minnesota Flag of the United States United States
[4]

OlympiansEdit

2010 OlympicsEdit

Active playersEdit

The following active WCHA players will represent their respective countries in Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Player NCAA school Nationality Position Goals Assists Points Medal
Elin Holmlöv Minnesota-Duluth Flag of Sweden Sweden Forward 4th Place
Haley Irwin Minnesota-Duluth Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Gold
Jocelyne Lamoureux North Dakota Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Monique Lamoureux North Dakota Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Heidi Pelttari Minnesota State Flag of Finland Finland Forward Bronze
Mariia Posa Minnesota State Flag of Finland Finland Forward Bronze
Noora Raty Minnesota Flag of Finland Finland Goaltender Bronze
Nina Tikkinen [5] Minnesota State Flag of Finland Finland Forward Bronze
Zuzana Tomčíková ‎ Bemidji State Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Goaltender 8th
Saara Tuominen[6] Minnesota Duluth Flag of Finland Finland Forward Bronze

Former playersEdit

The following former NCAA players will represent their respective countries in Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Player NCAA school Nationality Position Goals Assists Points Medal
Natalie Darwitz Minnesota Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Meghan Duggan Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Molly Engstrom Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States Defence Silver
Hilary Knight Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Gigi Marvin Minnesota Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver
Meghan Mikkelson[7] Wisconsin Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Gold
Caroline Ouellette Minnesota Duluth Flag of Canada.svg Canada Forward Gold
Jessie Vetter Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States Goaltender Silver
Jinelle Zaugg Wisconsin Flag of the United States United States Forward Silver

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