GOPHERS NAME 2016-17 CAPTAINS
back-to-back defending national champion Golden Gophers have named the
team’s 2016-17 captains. Senior Lee Stecklein will continue her duties
from last season as captain, while fellow seniors Kate Schipper and
Dani Cameranesi will serve as assistant captains.
“I am very
excited to announce that Lee Stecklein, Kate Schipper and Dani
Cameranesi will be our captains for the 2016-2017 season,” head coach
Brad Frost said. “They are all great players, but more importantly,
they are the type of people that represent our program in a first class
manner. The three of them are team-first, devoted, and very
disciplined. We are looking forward to another great year of Gopher
Stecklein continues leading the Gophers after
serving as a co-captain with Hannah Brandt during the 2015-16 season.
Prior to last season, she served as an assistant captain during her
sophomore year as the first sophomore to wear the 'C' or the 'A' since
Bobbi Ross was an assistant captain as a sophomore in 2005-06.
Meanwhile, Schipper and Cameranesi enter their first seasons as
As a co-captain during 2015-16, Stecklein was named a
Second Team All-American, All-USCHO Second Team, and an All-WCHA First
Team honoree. The Roseville, Minn., native also was named an AHCA/CCM
Second Team All-American, All-USCHO First Team, and All-WCHA First Team
honoree during her sophomore season after missing the 2013-14 season
while competing with the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2014 Winter Olympic
Games in Sochi, Russia.
Schipper posted a career-best 40 points
(14g-26a) during the 2015-16 season, ranking fifth on the team in
points. During her sophomore season, she totaled 22 points (7g-15a).
Schipper led the team with three points (1g-2a) in the 2015 NCAA
Quarterfinal game against RIT, leading the Gophers to their fourth
consecutive Frozen Four appearance. The Brooklyn Park, Minn., native
enters her senior season with 91 career points (28g-63a) in 120 games
Cameranesi enters her senior season as a two-time Patty
Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist (2015, 2016) and a two-time Second
Team All-American (2015, 2016). Last season, she led the Gophers and
the WCHA with a career-best 68 points (33g-35a), and was named to the
All-WCHA First Team and All-USCHO Second Team. A native of Plymouth,
Minn., Cameranesi already ranks ninth in program history with 169
career points (75g-94a).
The Gophers open the season at home
against Lindenwood University on Sept. 30-Oct.1. The series will be the
first-ever match-up between the two teams.