It’s summertime, and that means that the UMD women’s hockey team is taking some time off from the ice. But that doesn’t mean that they’re just sitting around doing nothing – they’re still working hard to prepare for the upcoming season. Here’s a look at what a typical day looks like for a member of the team during the offseason:
- Wake up and get ready for the day. This typically includes a workout, either at the gym or out on the ice.
- Head to class or to work. Many of the team members are still taking classes or working summer jobs.
- Lunchtime! This is a chance to refuel and relax before the afternoon activities.
- More class or work, and then it’s time to head back to the rink for more skating and training.
- Dinner and then some down time. This is a chance to catch up on homework, spend time with friends and family, or just relax.
- Bedtime – time to get some rest so that you can do it all again tomorrow!
The Lifestyle of a UMD Womens Hockey Player
When the UMD women’s hockey team is in season, their lives are all about hockey. But what do they do in the offseason? For senior defenseman Sidney Morin, the offseason is a time to focus on her academics and enjoy some down time with her friends. “In the offseason, I’m really focusing on my schooling and getting good grades,” Morin said. “I’m also trying to enjoy my time off the ice and hanging out with my friends as much as possible.”
Junior goaltender Maddie Rooney takes a similar approach, using the offseason to catch up on schoolwork and spend time with friends and family. “I’m really trying to focus on my schooling and my degree,” Rooney said. “I want to make sure I’m doing well in all of my classes. I’m also spending a lot of time with my family and friends.”
Both Morin and Rooney are taking classes this summer to stay on track with their degrees.
“I’m taking an online Spanish class right now,” Morin said. “I’m also working out and skating a few times a week.”
“I have a few online classes this summer,” Rooney said. “I’m also working out and skating a few times a week.”
In addition to their academic and skating commitments, both Morin and Rooney are also working part-time jobs.
“I’m working at a hockey camp right now,” Morin said. “I’m also working at a golf course.”
“I’m working at a hockey camp and at a golf course right now,” Rooney said.
While their days may be filled with work and school, both Morin and Rooney are enjoying their time off the ice.
“It’s nice to have a break from hockey and just focus on other things,” Morin said.
The Struggles and Challenges of UMD Womens Hockey
The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Bulldogs women’s hockey team is one of the most successful programs in NCAA Division I history. The Bulldogs have won five national championships, including four in the last seven years. Despite their success on the ice, the Bulldogs have struggled to generate the same level of interest and support from their home fans.
The Bulldogs play their home games at AMSOIL Arena, which is also home to the men’s team. The arena seats just over 6,000 people, but the Bulldogs have averaged less than 2,000 fans per game over the last five seasons. The team’s low attendance is due in part to the fact that they are often overshadowed by the men’s team, which is one of the most successful programs in NCAA history.
The Bulldogs have also struggled to generate revenue. The team does not have its own television deal and relies heavily on ticket sales and donations to support the program. The team’s budget is a fraction of what other programs in the conference, such as the University of Wisconsin, spend on their women’s teams.
Despite the challenges, the Bulldogs have continued to be one of the most successful programs in the country. The team has won four national championships in the last seven years and has produced some of the best players in the world. The Bulldogs are a proud program with a rich history, and they will continue to compete at the highest level for years to come.
The Triumphs and Highlights of UMD Womens Hockey
It’s been a little over two months since the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team’s season came to an end. The Bulldogs finished the year 25-5-3 overall and 20-4-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), good for second place in the conference.
Despite the season ending earlier than the team would have liked, there were still plenty of triumphs and highlights for UMD. Here are four of the biggest:
- Beating Wisconsin in the WCHA Final Face-Off
The Bulldogs had a bit of a rough start to the WCHA tournament, losing 2-1 to Minnesota in the semifinals. That set up a matchup with Wisconsin in the third-place game, which UMD won 3-2.
It was a big victory for the Bulldogs, as they avenged a regular-season loss to the Badgers and proved that they could still compete with the best teams in the conference.
- Advancing to the NCAA Tournament
Despite the loss to Minnesota in the WCHA tournament, UMD still earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs were seeded second in their region and hosted an opening-round game against Mercyhurst.
UMD won that game 3-1 and then went on to beat Princeton 5-2 in the second round. The Bulldogs’ season came to an end in the regional final, as they lost to top-seeded Boston College 2-1 in overtime.
- Finishing Second in the WCHA
The Bulldogs finished the regular season in second place in the WCHA, behind only Minnesota. It was a big improvement from the previous season, when UMD finished in sixth place.
The Bulldogs also had the best defense in the conference, allowing just 1.68 goals per game. UMD’s strong play defensively was a big reason why the team was so successful this season.
- Beating Minnesota
UMD didn’t have much success against Minnesota this season, losing all three games against the Gophers.