Minnesota women’s hockey senior goalie Erica Killewald has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is scheduled to have surgery this week.
Killewald was a member of the first recruiting class in the history of the Gopher women’s hockey program, and a key element in building the program. She was one of eight players honored this spring as having been with the program from its opening night to the conclusion of this season.
The Troy, Mich., native finished her four-year career at Minnesota this March with a record of 73-23-9 (.738), a goals against average of 1.88 and save percentage of .923.
Killewald was named MVP of the 2000 American Women’s College Hockey Association national championship tournament after stopping 74 of 78 shots, leading Minnesota to its first national title in women’s hockey, just three years after the program was established.