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2016-17 Season News Archive

Elizabeth Dohner named to Women's Team of the Week

UTICA, NY- Sophomore Elizabeth Dohner (Highlands Ranch, CO/Colorado Select) of the Utica College women's hockey team was named to the Team of the Week, Wednesday.
Dohner scored three of Utica's four goals as it tied and lost to nationally ranked No. 4/5 Elmira College last weekend.  She had both goals on Saturday to help the Pioneers erase a 2-0 deficit to salvage the tie.  It marked the first two-goal game of her career.  She followed that up with Utica's first goal on Sunday as the Pioneers fell at Elmira.  Dohner has a career-high six goals and six assists on the season. 

Nicole Hensley Subject of St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article on Coaching

Lindenwood Lions and Colorado Select alum goaltender Nicole Hensley was the focus of an article in the September 2, 2016 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled "Lindenwood Grad Working Hard as Coach, Player".  The article focused on Nicole attending a coaching symposium put on by head coach Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues as she begins her career as an assistant coach for the Lindenwood women's ice hockey team while continuing to train for the US Women's National Team and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Good luck with both the coaching and playing career Nicole!

Z Karlis Taken in CWHL Draft

Colorado Select alum Alexandra "Z" Karlis was one of 76 players selected in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) 2016 draft.  Z, who finished her collegiate career as a defensemen with the University of Massachusetts-Boston Beacons earlier this year, was selected by the Boston Blades in the 15th round of the CWHL draft.  Z's selection was historic, as she became the first ever Beacon selected in the CWHL draft. Beacons head coach Lindsay Berman stated that "[t]he hard work [Z] put in while at UMass Boston and the success [she] had here will propel [her] to this next level."  There won't be many changes for Z, as the Blades play their home games at UMass-Boston.  Z commented:  "I am extremely excited to continue my playing career.  To have a chance to play for the Boston Blades would be a huge honor,"   Congrats Z - what an accomplishment!

Nicole Hensley Invited to Fourth USA Hockey Women's National Festival

Colorado Select's own Nicole Hensley, recently graduated goal tender from the Lindenwood Lions, was one of 21 players from the U.S. Women's National Team that won gold at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship invited to the 2016 USA Hockey Women's National Festival to be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York from August 6-14. The festival is an annual training session that will also be used to select two 22-player rosters for a pair of series against Canada held simultaneously from August 17-21 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park. The U.S. entries will feature an Under-18 Select Team and Under-22 Select Team, although Nicole has aged-out of the U-22 team.  This is Nicole's fourth trip to Lake Placid for the camp.  Click on the links to read more on the festival and to see video of Nicole at the first day of testing in the vertical jump.  In addition, former Colorado Select director Kendall Hanley participated in the Festival as an on-ice official.  Hopefully the camp was a success for both Nicole and Kendall!


Hensley Wins 2015-16 Lindenwood Athletics Top Moment Bracket Challenge

Former Lindenwood women's hockey goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was victorious over Lindenwood wrestler Terrel Wilbourn (NCAA undefeated national champion) in the championship matchup of the 2015-16 Lindenwood Top Moment Bracket Challenge to select the top athletic moment of the year for Lindenwood sports.  The Top Moment Bracket Challenge began on May 31 and stretched over nine weeks, concluding on July 29. Each week there were multiple matchups to vote for on Twitter and Facebook, with the voters holding the power to narrow the field from 32 moments to one champion.  In all 3,293 votes were cast, of those votes Nicole garnered 1,080 (33%) of the total support.  Nicole, who was nominated for her 2015-16 record-breaking season, concluded her four-year Lindenwood career as one of the most decorated and successful student-athletes in school history.

She earned first-team all-CHA honors this year for the second-consecutive season, had a school-record 2.52 GAA, and .922 save percentage. Nicole compiled 947 saves during her senior season, becoming the NCAA all-time saves leader on Jan. 29 at Robert Morris, eclipsing the previous mark of 3,809. Hensley She ended her career with 4,094 career saves. and was honored on four separate occasions this season as the CHA goalie of the week, and 10 times during her career.

Nicole was also chosen as the Colorado Sportswomen of the Year for hockey for the third consecutive season and was also inducted into the Colorado Sportswomen of the Year Hall of Fame.

She also made her first-career start between the pipes for the U.S. Women's National Team, turning in a 16 save shutout performance against Russia. Nicole made several impressive saves early on in the game, helping Team USA gain its third straight victory to begin the IIHF Women's World Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia. Nicole and Team USA would earn a gold medal at the tournament.

Off of the ice, shehas been a model student in the classroom, earning CHA co-Student-Athlete of the Year for the fourth time and also became the first three-time academic All-American in Lindenwood history.

Very nice finale to your record breaking career at Lindenwood Nicole!  Congratulations!


Jeanette Bateman Earns Big Ten Academic Honors

Colorado Select alum and Penn State senior Jeanette "Nettie" Bateman was named as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar  and to the Big Ten Academic Team for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to student-athletes who have recorded a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher during the previous academic year and are letterwinners. The Big Ten Academic Team requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career..  Nice job hitting the books Nettie!

Rickard/Hanley/Hensley Participate in USA Hockey U18 Player Development Camp

The USA Hockey U18 Player Development Camp held July 9-15 in St. Cloud, Minnesota definitely had a "Select" flavor, as current Select U19AAA coach and director Karen Rickard, former director and coach Kendall Hanley and alum Nicole Hensley all participated in different capacities at  the camp.  Karen was on the coaching side, while Kendall was on the officiating side and Nicole worked with off-ice strength and conditioning (sneaking on the ice occasionally in her goalie gear).  Thank you all for giving back to the sport!

Hensley Named Lindenwood NCAA Woman of the Year

Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lion senior goaltender, has been naned by Lindenwood University as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for the 2015-16 season. The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.  Quite an honor Nicole to represent your institution as NCAA Woman of the Year!


Bateman and Hensley Earn CHA All-Academic Awards

Colorado Select alums Jeanette Bateman, Penn State senior, and Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood senior, were each named to College Hockey America's (CHA) 2015-16 All-Academic Team.  In addition, Nicole was one of four student-athletes named as the 2015-16 CHA co-Student Athletes of the Year, her fourth such award, with Lindenwood being the only program in the CHA to have multiple co-Student-Athletes of the Year for consecutive seasons.  The CHA Student Athletes of the Year all have a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. To qualify for the CHA All-Academic team, hockey players must have had a 3.0 GPA or higher in both academic terms in 2015-16.  Once again Nettie and Nicole, you put the "student" in student-athlete!

Hensley Featured in Lindenwood Alumni Newsletter Article

Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum Nicole Hensley was featured in an article entitled "New Alumna Hensley Not Hanging Up Her Skates" in the summer edition of Connections, the Lindenwood University alumni newsletter.  The article indicated that Nicole received an early graduation present with her shutout of Russia in the IIHF World Championships with the U.S. Women's National Team.  Nicole will continue working toward the 2018 Olympics while being an assistant coach for the women's ice hockey team at Lindenwood this season.  Good luck with those tasks Nicole!

Medved Earns Academic All-MIAC honors

Select alum Kacee Medved, current College of St. Benedict Blazers forward, earned Academic All-MIAC (Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) honors.  To earn academic all-conference, MIAC student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.5.  Congrats Kacee on a great junior year!

Nicole Hensley Three Time Academic All-American and All-District

Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood senior goaltender Nicole Hensley made more Lindenwood school history when she became the first three-time Academic All-American from Lindenwood. She was named to the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) first-team Academic All-American list in the women's at-large category.  Nicole earned her third award after being a third-team member in 2014 and a second-team selection in 2015. She also earned her third CoSIDA Academic All-District award prior to being named an Academic All-American.  She is just the fifth Lindenwood student-athlete, and second female, to earn first-team Academic All-American honors.  During her record breaking career at Lindenwood, Nicole made more saves (4,093) than any other women's collegiate goalie in history, was a four-time all-CHA performer, including first-team honors for the last two years, and ended her career with a 2.98 GAA and a .921 save percentage.  Nicole was in net for 97 percent of Lindenwood's victories over the last four years.  Nicole nice job in the classroom as well as on the ice!

Congratulations to Our Colorado Select 2016 Alums!

The Colorado Select would like to congratulate our newest alums and wish them the best in their endeavors next year!

Lexi Anderson - Salve-Regina University

Victoria Huynh - Elmira College

Jessica Jones - St. Mary's University

Madison Maloney - Becker College

Anna Veazey - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Nicole Watson - SUNY-Potsdam

Want to see new from previous seasons about Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association Alumni?  Check out the yearly archive under the Alumni menu at the top of the page.

Also if you have more informtion about an CSGHA Alumni please let us know we would love to share it with current and past membership!