The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (the Select) is excited to announce the hiring of Evan Minnick as the 2015-16 14U AAA Head Coach. Evan returns to the Select where she played for seven years on the 15U, 16U, and 19U AAA teams. Evan returned to Colorado following a very successful Division I playing career to be part of the hockey development program at Ricci Hockey.
Evan’s return to the Select and hockey in Colorado is no surprise. She grew up playing hockey for the Littleton Hawks and seven years for the Colorado Selects, concluding as Captain of the U19AAA team. She led that 19U AAA team to second place finish in the Midwest Elite Girls Hockey League in 2005-06 and third in the USA Hockey Nationals. She was named as an honorable mention for the league’s all-star team. The career she had with the Select was all made possible by that fact that her father help found the Select to give girls, like Evan, a competitive alternative to moving away to boarding school for hockey. At the end of her career with the Select, the association retired her jersey number (25).
Following her success at the Select she attended the USA Hockey Select 17/18 Camp in Lake Placid in July 2006. Her success followed her to NCAA Division I hockey where she was a four-year scholarship athlete for the Colgate Raiders. In her four years at Colgate she played in 140 games where she amassed 68 career points, and was second on the team in points her senior year. As a freshman, she earned the team’s “Most Improved Player” award.
Evan’s playing career did not end when she graduated from Colgate in 2010. She went on to play one year of hockey for the ESC Planegg in Munich, Germany playing in the Elite Women's Hockey League (EWHL). EWHL is an international competition for different European women's ice hockey clubs. Created in 2004 by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the EWHL consists of teams from five countries in Central Europe. She finished her only season of overseas hockey with 34 points, which helped her team to a German Championship and third place finish in the EWHL. Evan was ranked 10th in the league in points, was named as one of the top 3 forwards in the EWHL, and was named to the EWHL All-Star team.
Of her playing experiences in college, Evan has this to say, “Playing in college was definitely an adjustment as I went from being one of the top players for the Select to one of many top players from around the country. I really had to find my place on the team and learn what my strong points were so that I could focus on those skills and really hone in on what would make me successful and help the team.” She reiterates what the players at the Select have heard from others who have had success at the collegiate level, “Colgate definitely pushed me not only on the ice but academically as well. Playing Division 1 hockey forced me to be really good at time management - balancing a rigorous academic expectations alongside a full time hockey position was challenging, but definitely rewarding.”
Upon returning to the United States, Evan has been working for Ricci Hockey as a skills development coach and even as an on ice instructor for the Select’s Elite Super Skills Clinics. Evan has been providing coaching and player development to both boys and girls of all levels since she was 16, and even continued to do so when she was playing in Europe. For the 2014-15 season, she assisted on the ice with the Select 8U, 10U and 12U teams.
Evan brings an understanding of commitment to the Select organization that she has demonstrated throughout her playing career. She knows what it takes to build a successful career as an elite female hockey athlete. She also brings significant experience working with hockey athletes on skill development, which will be her focus on for the 14U AAA team this coming season. Evan says her goals for the season are “I want my players to feel as though they have improved both on and off the ice at the end of the season. I hope that they notice an improvement in their on ice game as well as feel like they were part of a cohesive program where everyone was striving for the same goals.” We hope you will join us in welcoming Evan at the Tier I Town Hall Meeting to be held on Saturday April 18th at the Edge Ice Arena. Visit the Select website for more information.