Aug. 22, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - With the 2014-15 season barely a month away, UConn women's ice hockey head coach Chris MacKenzie has announced his incoming class of nine freshmen for the upcoming season. The class includes new student-athletes from three states and three provinces and features six forwards, two defensemen and one goalkeeper.
"Casey Handrahan and Jaclyn Hawkins have put together a talented class of many players from many places. It speaks to their work ethic and their ability to attract top talented players to our program," MacKenzie said. "This is a class that provides depth at all positions and includes players that will mesh well with our returning core."
See below for an in-depth look at each of the nine newcomers, with MacKenzie's thoughts on each future student-athlete:
Madison Badeau | Courtice, Ontario | Holy Trinity Catholic | 6'0 | F
Before UConn: Played hockey at Holy Trinity Catholic in Courtice, Ontario...helped her squad to back-to-back PWHL Junior League titles...in 2013-14, finished 15th in the league in scoring with 11 goals and 21 assists...team won the junior showcase at the 2013-14 Stoney Creek & Washington Tournament...also played volleyball and basketball in high school...four-year honor roll student at Holy Trinity Catholic.
Personal: Madison Mary Badeau...daughter of Mary Badeau and step-daughter of Jim Jackson...has one brother, Jordon...plans to major in finance at UConn.
MacKenzie on Badeau: "Madison is a player that brings great skating ability and size to our lineup. She had a great offensive year last year in her league, with her team winning their provincial championship."
Annie Belanger | Sherbrooke, Quebec | Champlain College | 5'9 | GK
Before UConn: Attended prep school at Champlain College in Lennoxville, Quebec...was a member of Team Quebec at the 2011 National Women's Under-18 Championship...helped Team Quebec to a silver medal at the competition... named team MVP at Champlain in 2012-13 and 2013-14...also won league MVP honors in '13-14 and was a first team league all star...helped Champlain win the RSEQ league...also played basketball at the AAA level in Quebec, finishing seventh in her league in scoring and top-five in rebounding...in high school, was named the 2010 Student-Athlete of the Year at Triolet.
Personal: Annie Belanger...daughter of Louis Belanger and Carmen Guimond...has one brother, David...plans to major in business at UConn.
MacKenzie on Belanger: "Annie is a good-sized goalie, very technical. She won her championship for her team in Quebec last season and has played for Team Quebec at a high level for a number of years."
Cydnee Cook | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Shaftesbury Prep | 5'4 | D
Before UConn: Played prep hockey for Shaftesbury Prep in Winnipeg alongside UConn classmate Justine Fredette...was an assistant captain as a senior in 2014...helped Shaftesbury to the Canadian World Sport School Championship and the Two Nations Tier 1 Elite League Title...recipient of the coaches award in 2014.
Personal: Cydnee Michele Cook...daughter of Dave and Lisa Cook...has an older brother, Tyler...plans to major in communications at UConn.
MacKenzie on Cook: "Cydnee is a reliable two-way defenseman with good skating and passing skills. Her team won the Canadian sport school championship this year and she will provide depth at defense for us."
Justine Fredette | Winnipeg, Manitoba | Shaftesbury Prep | 5'5 | F
Before UConn: Played prep hockey for Shaftesbury Prep in Winnipeg alongside UConn classmate Cydnee Cook... helped Shaftesbury to the Canadian World Sport School Championship, scoring a natural hat trick in the final...also won the Two Nations Tier 1 Elite League Title...scored 51 goals, a Shaftesbury single-season record, and added 30 assists in 2014...also played soccer at Shaftesbury.
Personal: Justine Summer Fredette...daughter of Richard and Barb Fredette...has a younger brother, Reece...plans to major in business administration at UConn.
MacKenzie on Fredette: "Justine was a teammate of Cydnee Cook on a championship team at Shaftesbury. She is a hard-working, physical winger who put up some impressive numbers last season."
Shannon Godin | Pembroke, Ontario | Brewster Academy | 5'9 | F | R
Before UConn: Played prep hockey at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., the alma mater of current Huskies Sarah MacDonnell and Alice Hughes...captained Brewster as a senior...two-time Lakes Region All Star...also captained lacrosse and soccer teams, earning Lakes Region All Star nods in each...was a magna cum laude student for 10 trimesters at Brewster.
Personal: Shannon Lane Godin...daughter of Shawn and Lynn Godin...has three older brothers; Shayne, Brendan and Lee and one younger sister, Lauren...will enter UConn as an exploratory major.
MacKenzie on Godin: "Shannon played at Brewster Academy, which has been a great pipeline for current and former UConn players. She is an offensive player that has good instincts around the net."
Theresa Knutson | Onalaska, Wis. | Onalaska High School | 5'6 | F | L
Before UConn: Attended Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisc. but played prep hockey at Onalaska High School... at Onalaska, became the second-highest scoring player in national high school history with 286 goals and 394 points...three-time All-State...three-time Wisconsin High School Coaches Offensive Player of the Year...2013-14 Wisconsin Miss Hockey Award Winner...led the state of Wisconsin in scoring each of her four years...scored 59, 72, 77 and 78 goals in each of her four seasons, respectively...topped out with 107 points as a sophomore and senior...also played for Team Wisconsin Tier 1 at the U14, U16 and U19 levels...scored at least 18 goals in each season played with Wisconsin Tier 1...most recently, went for a 21-11-32 line with the U19 squad in 2013-14...also played softball and volleyball at Aquinas.
Personal: Theresa Marie Knutson...daughter of Ted and Denise Knutson...has twin older brothers, James and Zachary...undecided on major at UConn.
MacKenzie on Knutson: "Theresa is a skilled player with a great shot. She has great offensive instincts and plays a physical game."
Leah Lum | Richmond, British Columbia | Hugh McRoberts Secondary/Pacific Steelers | 5'5 | D | L
Before UConn: Played club hockey with the Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association...was also a member of the Pacific Steelers...captained the RRFH midget A team in 2012-13...competed for the National U-18 British Columbia team in 2012 and 2013...scored two goals in four games at the 2013 National Championships...also ran track and played basketball and soccer in high school.
Personal: Leah Tamara Lum...daughter of Randy and Debbie Lum...has one brother, Trevor...undecided on major at UConn.
MacKenzie on Lum: "Leah is a great skater, is skilled and has great versatility with the ability to play defense and forward for us."
Marisa Maccario | Marblehead, Mass. | Cushing Academy/Boston Shamrocks | 5'3 | F | R
Before UConn: Spent 2013-14 playing with the Boston Shamrocks of the JWHL...in 31 games for the Shamrocks, scored 12 goals and added 15 assists to finish fourth on the squad with 27 points...prior to that, played two years of prep hockey at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. ... was an assistant captain as a senior at Cushing...named the team's Offensive Player of the Year...begin her prep career at St. Mary's of Lynn in Lynn, Mass., where she was a Lynn All-Star...helped St. Mary's to a pair of state titles...was a CCL All Star...as an eighth grader, became the first girl's hockey player to score a goal in an MIAA game at the now-TD Garden...also played field hockey at Cushing, earning the Purple Stick award.
Personal: Marisa Jo Maccario...daguther of Michael and Maria Maccario...has an older brother, Michael, and and older sister, Mia...undecided on major at UConn.
MacKenzie on Maccario: "Reese is a strong, hard-working player who posted great numbers with the JWHL Boston Shamrocks last season. "
Lindsay Roethke | Buffalo, Minn. | Buffalo High School | 5'1 | F | R
Before UConn: Played high school hockey at Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Minn. ...played four years for Buffalo under Ray Dahlof...captained the squad as a junior and senior...finished her career as the second-leading scorer in program history with 167 points on 61 goals and a school-record 107 assists...four-time All-Conference...Buffalo won its conference in three of her four years...First Team All-Section as a senior...Minnesota Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention...participated in the USA Hockey Select-16 National Camp...also played tennis in high school...was named to the All-Conference Academic Team four times and was twice recognized as Academic All-State.
Personal: Lindsay Catherine Roethke...daughter of Edward and Jennifer Roethke...has a younger sister, Allison, and a younger brother, Ryan...plans to major in Allied Health Sciences at UConn.
MacKenzie on Roethke: "Lindsay is a hard-working, speedy, skilled forward who plays with tenacity."
In addition to the nine newcomers, UConn returns nearly all of its scoring from 2013-14, a year that saw the Huskies triple their win total in MacKenzie's first season behind the bench. "This class will add to our returning core, which I think is very strong," MacKenzie said. "It will be a perfect complement to what we have returning this season."
The Huskies open the 2014-15 campaign with a pair of home games against Minnesota Duluth on Sept. 26 and 27 at Freitas Ice Forum.