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WOMEN’S HOCKEY: BSU alum Tina Kampa wins Breaking Barriers Award

Kampa, along with Meredith Lang, founded Minnesota Unbounded and the Hockey Ninjas – U-10 and U-12 hockey teams made up entirely of players of color from the Twin Cities.

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Bemidji State senior Tina Kampa (11) fires a shot toward the St. Cloud goal in the second period of Saturday’s game at the Sanford Center. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI – Former Beaver Tina Kampa has been named a 2022 National Girls & Women in Sports Day-Minnesota honoree for the Breaking Barriers Award, as announced by the Women in Sports Foundation.

Kampa, a former Bemidji State women’s hockey player, will be recognized for her award at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 2, during the 2022 National Girls & Women in Sports Day-Minnesota Celebration in St. Paul.

The award ceremony is closed to the public but will be streamed live at https://ngwsd-mn.com/2022-event .

Kampa, along with Meredith Lang, founded Minnesota Unbounded and the Hockey Ninjas – U-10 and U-12 hockey teams made up entirely of players of color from the Twin Cities. The two teams’ coaches are also all women of color with hockey backgrounds.

Minnesota Unbounded is a tournament team featuring 31 players and coaches of color that represent 14 hockey associations across the Twin Cities. Kampa – who serves on the College Hockey for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee – is the team’s head coach, as well as the director.

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Kampa graduated from Bemidji State in 2021 and finished her career fourth all-time in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for blocked shots. She was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and was drafted by the Minnesota Whitecaps in summer 2021.

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