Women's Ice Hockey Announces 2010 Commitments

Women's Ice Hockey Announces 2010 Commitments

Women's Ice Hockey Announces 2010 Commitments

April 28, 2010

ORONO, Maine - University of Maine women's ice hockey coach Dan Lichterman has announced that his program has received five commitments for the 2010-2011 season. Forwards Missy Denk (Poplar Grove, Ill.), Kristi King (Lake Elmo, Minn.), Jenny Kistner (Peoria, Ill.), defenders Courtney Hillman (Shell Lake, Saskatchewan) and Kelly McDonald (Ancaster, Ontario) along with Kayla Kaluzny (Calgary, Alberta), who can play both forward and defense, will join the Black Bears for the upcoming season.

Missy Denk


" I would like to commend our recruiting coordinator, David Stockdale, on his work in putting together this class," said Lichterman. "We believe that this group will make an impact on the ice, in the classroom and in the UMaine community. This is a group that maybe right now is underrated, but it is a group of players that are going to improve and continue the growth of the program here."

Denk, a 5-foot-5 forward, served as an assistant captain last season for the Chicago Mission. She scored 21 goals and added 22 assists. Denk is a power forward who brings great intangibles to the team. She has a great work ethic and has played for one of the top U19 teams in the country for the last several seasons where she has consistently competed for National Championships. She is tough to play against in the corners and in front of the net. Denk will be able to contribute to the Maine program in many ways. A talented athlete, she also played softball, volleyball and basketball in high school.


Kayla Kaluzny

Kaluzny can play both forward and defense, is 5-foot-10. She was a four-year captain and played for the Edge School Mountaineers. She scored four goals and added 13 assists last season. She played for Team Alberta in 2009 and also played at the Canadian U18 Championships. Kaluzny is a versatile played who the Maine coaches believe can play both forward and defense.

She is physically imposing and competes hard all over the rink. She sees the ice very well and has terrific hockey sense. Her versatility will allow her to compete in a variety of situations for Maine, and her great instincts will make Maine a better team both offensively and defensively.



King is a 5-foot-5 forward. She served as captain for the Stillwater Ponies. She scored 13 goals and added 20 assists a year ago. She is a skilled forward who should be able to contribute immediately on offense. She brings great speed and offensive creativity. She should help the Black Bears generate more offense. She comes from a State-Championship winning program in Minnesota and will bring that winning mentality to the ice every day.



Kistner, is a 5-foot-11 forward. She also comes to the Black Bears form the Chicago Mission. She scored 10 goals and added 24 assists. She has tremendous size and strength and has played alongside fellow Maine recruit Denk. Her mix of size, strength and skating ability will make her tough to play against all over the rink. She is also very strong on faceoffs, which is an area that the Black Bears want to improve upon.


Kelly McDonald

McDonald is a 5-foot-6 defender. She comes to Maine from the Stony Creek Jr. Sabres where she scored five goals and added 14 assists last season. She was an impressive +35.


She is a strong-skating defenseman who is very steady in her own end. She competes hard, makes simple plays and puts herself into good situations. She is willing to pay the price to block shots and do the little things that make teams successful.

Kristi King

The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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