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Select Alum Kyra Smith Wins Second Straight Defensive Player of the Week Award

WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Junior goaltender Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) posted a shutout in conference play on Friday evening and was awarded her second Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award in as many weeks. Smith held conference foe Connecticut scoreless on Friday to improve New Hampshire's conference record to 6-3-3 before the winter break.

Smith's last shut out came on January 24, 2016 at Maine, where she made 32 total saves against the Black Bears in a 3-0 victory. This past weekend at UConn, she made 27 saves in another 3-0 victory. Smith is now 2-0-0 on the season in two starts, giving the Wildcats their first shutout of the season.

This is the fifth weekly award won by a Wildcat this season, and Smith's fourth weekly accolade of her career. Smith won two weekly awards her freshman season, matching the two she has won this year.

Select Alum Taryn Harris Drafted and Rostered CWHL Boston Blades

TORONTO, Ont. – Manhattanville College women's hockey co-captain Taryn Harris '17 will look to continue her hockey career at the professional level this fall, as the recent graduate was selected by the Boston Blades in the 15th round of the 2017 Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) draft on Sunday.

Harris was the 93rd overall pick in the draft, taken in the 15th round of the 23-round draft. The blueliner was one of 15 Division III players selected by the seven CWHL teams this year, and one of eight D-III players headed to Boston this fall as a training camp invitee.
""I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue my hockey career in Boston, and I'm thankful to Manhattanville Hockey for helping me get there," Harris said. "I can't wait to see what's in store next."
A two-year team captain for the Valiants, Harris played in an even 100 games for Manhattanville over her four-year career, scoring 11 goals with 18 assists for 29 points as one of the team's top defensemen. She nearly doubled her previous career high with 13 points as a senior, scoring two goals with 11 assists and a +12 rating to earn All-New England Hockey Conference third-team recognition. Both of her goals in 2016-17 were game-winners, coming against the University of Southern Maine and Salve Regina University.
Off the ice, the Colorado native also was a three-time Conference All-Academic Team selection in her final three years and graduated in May with a degree in finance.

"We are very proud of Taryn for earning the chance to continue her hockey career at the professional level," said head women's hockey coach David Turco. "She was a leader on and off the ice for our team last season and I know she can carry that success to the next level."

Select Alum Alexandra Karlis Named UMass Boston Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach

BOSTON, Mass. – Head women's ice hockey coach Lindsay Berman has announced that former Beacons captain, and five-year member Alexandra Karlis has been named the new assistant women's ice hockey coach for the 2017-18 season.

"I couldn't be more excited to have Alexandra joining our staff for the 2017-18 season. As a two-time captain here, she was a fierce competitor, a great teammate and leader, and an excellent example of what our program is all about. I look forward to the energy, knowledge, and passion she will bring," said Berman.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Karlis graduated from UMass Boston with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.

Women’s Hockey Top 25 Under 25 | Number 12 - Nicole Hensley

Until this past April, Nicole Hensley wasn't the most well-known name in women's hockey -- more of a supporting character than a protagonist.

That changed this year thanks to the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Hensley was one of three goaltenders chosen for the Worlds team along with Alex Rigsby and Maddie Rooney. Rigsby, who had been Team USA's starter for at least the last year and played lights-out at last year's Worlds en route to a gold medal, faltered against Finland in a 5-3 contest while Hensley was in net for a 2-0 shutout win against Canada.

That was all head coach Robb Stauber needed to see — Hensley was the starter for both the quarterfinal against Germany and the overtime thriller against Canada for the gold. Stauber still wouldn't say outright that Hensley was the team's No. 1 goaltender, but her breakout at Worlds catapulted her up USA's depth chart and is one of the main reasons she ranks No. 12 on our countdown.

Hensely - Readying for Olympics

Nicole Hensley could be Team USA's future in net. Michelle Jay

Val Turgeon – Learning Life & Hockey From NHL Dad

Colorado Select alum and current Harvard Crimson, Val Turgeon, is featured on Val talks about growing up the daughter of  NHL star (and a former Select coach) Pierre Turgeon and how that has impacted her life and her hockey career.

Embrey Drafted By Boston Blades

Select Alum and former UMass Boston player Kristen Embrey  drafted By Boston Blades

For the second straight UMass Boston women's hockey was represented on the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) draft with recent graduates Lizzie Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) and Kristen Embrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) both being drafted by the Boston Blades. 

Embrey, who was a four-year member with the Beacons, was the 57th pick and first in the ninth round.  Embrey was the first player in this year's draft selected out of the New England Hockey Conference, with the first five Division III players drafted all coming out of the former ECAC West conference. 

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Select Alum Acorn Accepts Coaching Director Position

Former Colorado Select player Maddie Acorn is the new Coaching Director for the Greeley Bears Youth Hockey Program in Greeley, Colorado.   A bit about Maddie in her own words:

"Although I am originally from Greeley, I have had the opportunity to travel and live many other places as well. Once I graduated from high school and finished my career with the Colorado Select, I accepted an offer from Elmira College in New York to play Division III Women’s Ice Hockey. While in Elmira I met my wonderful, Canadian husband, Rick Acorn. He was a part of the DIII Men’s Hockey team, so our connection was instant! After two years at Elmira I transferred and finished my education at The University of Denver. After school, Rick and I moved to Calgary, AB for three years. Rick and I are both extremely family oriented, so the next step for us was kids! One month before our son was born we decided to move back to Colorado to settle down permanently. In January of 2016 our son Decker was born! Fast forward - Decker is now one and a half, full of energy and definitely keeping us on our toes!"

We wish Maddie all the best in her new role!!

July 30, 2017


Colorado Select wants to hear about our alumni!  Whether you graduated years ago or you are a recent 2017 grad, we and your fellow alumni want to hear from you!  We are looking not only for your hockey accomplishments; your academic, professional and family updates are also encouraged.  Let's make our alumni pages the best way to keep up with former Select players and families.  If you have information regarding accomplishments of our alums,  alumni parent Sandy Glatt maintains the alumni page so info please email Sandy with your news at