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St. Cloud State's Courtney Josefson looks for a pass during last weekend's games against?BSU at the?Bemidji Regional Event Center. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Bemidji's Josefson a leader on St. Cloud State women's hockey team

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Bemidji native Courtney Josefson was recognized in the starting lineup at last Friday's hockey game between St. Cloud State and Bemidji State at the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

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The St. Cloud State senior is an alternate captain for the Huskies and took some time after the game to reflect on her time at college and playing at Bemidji's newest hockey rink - just a few blocks from where she skated as a standout for the Lumberjacks.

"This place is amazing," Josefson said. "It's great to be able to come home and walk into our local rink and take it all in. It's such a different world than (Nymore Arena). It's just so new and nice."

Josefson is a 2007 graduate of Bemidji High School and was the Lumberjacks captain that season. She was a three-sport athlete for BHS and hockey was her strong suit. She scored 110 points during her high school career.

Her role has grown each year on St. Cloud State's team.

"It's been a pretty positive experience," Josephson said. "I'm a defensive forward here and I'm more of a role player on this team. It's been rewarding and I've been able to grow as a person."

Josefson's first collegiate goal came as a freshman against Minnesota during a season where she played in eight games.

As a sophomore, she played in all 37 games for the Huskies during a season where she was named a WCHA Scholar Athlete and a WCHA All-Academic player.

She played in 33 games last season during another WCHA Scholar Athlete and All-Academic season.

The points may not be coming as easy as they did during high school, but Josefson is an integral part of the team. She was named one of the captains in a process decided by a team vote.

"She's one of the hardest working players we have on our team," SCSU coach Jeff Giesen said. "She's done everything we could ever ask of her. She'll probably be the first to admit she's not the most skilled player on our team, but her heart is as big as anyone on the team."

Josefson is a physical education and health major and is currently in her student teaching track in Sartell.

"They call me Mrs. Josefson now," she joked. "I'm not quite used to that yet."

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