Women's Hockey Announces Incoming Class of 2017
May 30, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College women’s hockey team will welcome six freshmen for the 2013-14 season in an announcement made by head coach Katie King Crowley.
The Eagles will welcome in four forwards and two defensemen from the incoming class of 2017 with the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and the province of Ontario being represented.
“We’re very excited about this class of 2017. We have a unique group where all six bring different aspects to our team,” said Coach Katie King Crowley.
At forward, Kristyn Capizzano (Oakville, Ontario) joins the Eagles after serving as captain for Team Canada’s Under-18 gold medal-winning team at the 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships this past January. Capizzano tallied a goal and an assist over five tournament games as Team Canada edged Team USA in the gold medal game, 2-1 in overtime. A five-year standout at Appleby College, Capizzano also served as team captain during the 2012-13 campaign under head coach Kim Devereaux.
Haley McLean adds to the stellar depth of the forward corps at Boston College. The Brighton, Michigan native has spent the previous six seasons with the Honeybaked developmental program. At Honeybaked, McLean captured state championships in 2008-09 (Under-14) and 2011-12 (Under-19) as well as a national title in 2010-11 (Under-16). During that championship season, McLean led the entire Midwest Elite League in scoring.
“The speed and quickness of Haley McLean and Kristyn Capizzano will add to an already fast group of forwards here at BC. These two players will be the smallest of the group, but certainly have great tenacity and work ethic. They boast a wealth of experience at the national and international level.”
McLean will also be joined at Boston College by Honeybaked teammate Andie Anastos. The Livonia, Michigan native is a product of a strong hockey family – her father, Tom, is the current head hockey coach at Michigan State. Anastos excelled as a two sport athlete, winning state championships in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 and a national championship in 2011 with Honeybaked and starring on the basketball team for four years. Anastos boasts international experience – competing in the 2012 Women’s U-18 Series versus Canada last August. In three games, Anastos totaled one assist as the U.S. dropped two of three against Canada.
“Andie will be the most athletic recruit of the group as she’s been a tremendous two sport athlete, excelling on her high school state champion basketball team for the last four years.”
The last forward, Stephanie Lemieux, hails from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Lemieux comes to BC after spending two season at Shattuck St. Mary’s (MN) and last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U19 squad. Under the tutelage of head coach Dan Koch at Shattuck, Lemieux was instrumental in the team’s national title run – leading the Under-16 team in scoring. In 2012-13, Lemieux appeared in five games for the Under-19 Penguins, tallying a goal and an assist. Lemieux is the daughter of NHL Hall of Famer and current Co-Owner/Chairman of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mario Lemieux.
“Stephanie has been a leader for her club team and plays with a great knowledge of the game,” said Crowley.
After successful freshman campaigns from Lexi Bender and Kaliya Johnson, the Eagles look to strike gold again with two new additions to the blue line. Lauren Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) and Julie Fish (Franklin, Tenn.) will add to the depth at defense as they Eagles return four of their six starting defensemen from last season.
Wedell joins the program after spending the last two seasons with the Minnesota Thoroughbreds of the JWHL, serving as team captain in 2012-13. In 24 games for the Thoroughbreds, Wedell tallied five assists while being the only defenseman selected for the JWHL All-Star Game in two consecutive seasons. Wedell also boasts international experience – training with Russian National players and coaches in Moscow as part of the U.S./Russia Exchange Program in 2012.
“We're excited to see how Lauren's speed translates into our defensive system, we see it being extremely beneficial.”
Julie Fish and Lemieux will join former Shattuck St. Mary’s alums Dana Trivigno and Lexi Bender on the 2013-14 edition of the Eagles. Fish, the native of Franklin, Tennessee totaled two goals and two assists in 24 games played at Shattuck in 2012-13. At Shattuck, Fish was part of the 2010 national championship team and the state championship teams of 2012 and 2013.
“Julie is versatile because she has experience playing both forward and defense and that will help our depth at both of those positions.”
After reaching the Frozen Four in each of the last three seasons, the Eagles are poised to continue that trend in 2013-14.
“This group fits in great with the players we have returning and we’re excited to see what 2013-14 brings for our program,” said Crowley.