Gopher women's hockey sign 3 to letter of intent

University of Minnesota women¹s hockey head coach Laura Halldorson has announced that Erica McKenzie, Anya Miller and Jenelle Philipczyk have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Golden Gophers for the 2004-05 season.

"These three Minnesotans are some of the best in the state, and they will definitely make us better next year," Halldorson said. "They are all impressive hockey players, conscientious students, and fine young women. We are excited to be able to add them to the Gopher Women's Hockey program." McKenzie, a Hastings, Minn., native, was the 2003 recipient of the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. She finished her junior season with 58 goals and 26 assists for 84 points, leading the metro area in goals scored. McKenzie, a team captain three-straight years, enters her senior season earning first-team all-metro honors three straight seasons. McKenzie has earned all-state and all-conference honors every year since eighth grade when she was on the varsity team. She is known on the national scene as well, participating in USA Hockey's Development camps in 2002 and 2003 and is a member of the Olympic Development Program "Erica is one of the most dynamic players in the state," Halldorson said. "She has tremendous talent, work ethic and is a very unselfish team player." Miller, hailing from Elk River, Minn., helped the Elk River Area Elks to a 2003 Class AA consolation championship boasting a 27-3-1 record. Miller, a defenseman, scored 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points and was a second-team all-metro selection her junior year. A team captain, Miller gained 2002-03 Pioneer Press all-state honors and Associated Press all-state second-team honors. In her sophomore season, Miller was a Pioneer Press third-team all-state honoree scoring seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points. She participated in USA Hockey's Development Camp in 2003, her first appearance. "Anya is a steady defenseman who plays very well, both offensively and defensively," Halldorson said. "Her outgoing and friendly personality, along with her willingness to work hard, really stood out as we got to know her through the recruiting process." Philipczyk, from Woodbury, Minn., has been a varsity hockey player for Eagan High School since seventh grade, helping the Wildcats to three Lake Conference championships. As a junior, the 5-5 forward had 34 goals and 24 assists for 58 points. Philipczyk garnered 2003 third-team all-metro and all-state honors. A team captain, Philipczyk led the conference scoring her sophomore and junior seasons, earning three all-conference accolades. By the end of her career, she will be the first Eagan High School hockey player to letter six straight years. Philipczyk is a member of the Minnesota Selects team and has participated in USA Hockey's Development Camp. "Jenelle is a talented forward who is committed to working hard both on and off the ice," Halldorson said. "She is a great skater with very good skills, and she will be a terrific addition to our team."

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