Written by, Dave Wright, Hamline Univeristy
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jessica Goldberg, a senior at Hamline University, has been named one of the captains of the first-ever USA Women's National Ice Hockey team. Goldberg, who attended Henry Sibley High School, played four seasons of hockey here and also was on the varsity lacrosse team for a season.
The Mendota Heights, Minn., native is one of seven Minnesotans who will play against Canada in a two-game series in Amherst, NY April 22-23. The head coach of the team is Jackie MacMillan, head women's coach at St. Scholastica. Libby Marerle, whose mother, Rita, is a Chemistry professor at Hamline, is also on the team.
Goldberg, a forward, played 85 games for the Pipers in her four years here, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists.
The team is under the guidance of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA). During the games, the teams operate under the guidelines of the USA Deaf Sports Federation. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not to be used in competition, placing all athletes on the same level.