Jenny Schmidgall, a former U.S. Olympian, has signed a letter of intent to play for coach Shannon Miller and her Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs this fall.
According to the Duluth News Tribune, Schmidgall said, “Her hockey philosophy and mine were the same, and she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. She’s looking for the best players so that she can have the best team possible right off the bat.”
Schmidgall is leaving the Minnesota program after her freshman season in which she lead the team in scoring with 33-38-71. Her team finished with a record of 28-4-3 and finished third in the American Women’s College Hockey Alliance Division I tournament.
“I just didn’t fit into Minnesota’s program. It wasn’t for me,” said Schmidgall.
At Duluth, Schmidgall joins 19 previously signed players, including Swedish Olympic winger Maria Rooth.
The former Gopher will return to Minnesota on Dec. 3-4, when Schmidgall’s Bulldogs face off against the Gophers, and will meet them again Feb. 11-12, 2000, on her new home ice.