BEMIDJI -- Clair DeGeorge will skate alongside a bevy of Olympic gold medalists next week when she heads to Hartford, Conn., to take part in USA Hockey’s 2019 Women’s Winter Training Camp. The Bemidji State women’s hockey forward is one of 46 players to be invited to the camp, including 21 Olympians.
The junior from Anchorage, Alaska, could wind up playing with the U.S. Women’s National Team against Canada if she turns enough heads.
The camp runs Dec. 9-12 and will be used to determine the 23 players who will suit up for the U.S. team in the first two games of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series against Canada. Those contests will be played Dec. 14 in Hartford and Dec. 17 in Moncton, New Brunswick, with three more scheduled for February.
“I’m just excited obviously for this opportunity,” DeGeorge said. “It’s in a place I’ve never been and being able to play with all those players is always an honor. It should be fun.”
The Beavers are scheduled to play their final series before Christmas break Dec. 13-14 at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., which is only a two-hour drive from Hartford.
“I’ll be there for four days, and then depending on what happens, I’ll either go out to Union and play with our team, or I’ll stay with (the U.S. team) and go to the series against Canada,” said DeGeorge, who is second on BSU with 10 points (2g-8a) this season.
DeGeorge has popped up frequently at USA Hockey. She attended last year’s winter training camp, and also competed for the U-22 Select Team in August where she helped the U.S. top Canada in a best-of-three series. She previously won gold with the U.S. at the 2017 U-18 Women’s World Championship.
“I always think it helps with developing my own leadership because I can see how they lead,” DeGeorge said about being around the Team USA veterans. “I always have looked up to them. I try to bring that back to our team and be leaders for the younger girls as well.
“Someone always pulls out some kind of move that I’ve never seen before and they do it in camp. It’s just like, ‘Dang, I wish I could try to do that.’ We’ll see what someone does this time.”
Beavers return home to face St. Cloud State
For the first time in a month, the BSU women’s hockey team will be back on home ice this weekend for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against St. Cloud State.
The Beavers (7-8-1, 4-6-0-0 WCHA) will have a prime opportunity to leap past Minnesota Duluth, who is on the road at top-ranked Wisconsin, for fourth place in the league standings. BSU enters the weekend three points back of the Bulldogs.
Hungry to earn their first league point of the season, the Huskies (4-10-1, 0-10-0-0 WCHA) will attempt to throw a wrench in the Beavers’ plans.
“Every weekend in the WCHA obviously is big, but this is our last one for 2019, the last one before our break,” head coach Jim Scanlan said. “We’re playing at home, which will be nice. First time in a month. So it’s big.”
Bemidji State has won four in a row following road sweeps of Minnesota State and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The team will look to keep rolling in its final WCHA series until January.
“We have the chance to get up into fourth place by the end of this weekend,” DeGeorge said, “and having that going into break would be huge for our confidence and just putting our team out there that we can be a team to contend with.”
If you go
Who: BSU vs. St. Cloud State
Where: Sanford Center
When: 3:07 p.m. Friday; 2:07 p.m. Saturday
Radio: Beaver Radio Network/1300 AM & 94.3 FM