About the Program
Over the past decade, the Bowdoin College women's ice hockey program has established itself as one of the most successful teams in Division III. Playing in the most competitive conference in the nation, the Polar Bears have proven to be one of the top teams in the nation, reaching the NCAA Division III Women's Frozen Four twice and twice winning the NESCAC Championship.
Established in 1984, the team has had numerous individual regional and national honors, including Carol Thomas (1990-91 ECAC Division III Player of the Year) and goalie Erin Miller (ECAC Division III Goaltender of the Year in 1992). More recently, Shelly Chessie, Kirsti Anderson, Beth Muir and goalie Emily McKissock were all named first-team All-Americans during their career. In 2005-06, Kristin Cameron joined the club as a first-team selection.
Former Canadian National Team captain Stacy Wilson will begin her second season behind the bench in 2008-09. To contact Coach Wilson, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2007-08 campaign was snake-bit from start to finish as a combination of injuries and tough luck saw the Polar Bears dip to 5-12-6 overall. Bowdoin played seven overtime games and eight of their losses came by fewer than two goals. Despite their first losing record in a decade, the Polar Bears saw significant contributions from underclassmen and are optimistic about the prospects for the 2008-09 campaign. Lindsay McNamara earned All-Conference honors for the Polar Bears by leading the team in scoring with seven goals and six assists.
The Polar Bears play in historic Dayton Arena, located centrally on campus and only steps from Smith Union.
Built in 1956 and renovated in 1992, Dayton provides a great atmosphere for both watching and playing college hockey. The rink has hosted numerous NESCAC and NCAA Tournament games, and the team receives outstanding support from the greater Brunswick community. The support is well-deserved, as Bowdoin has a 36-4-1 record at home in the last five seasons.
In the spring of 2007, Bowdoin broke ground on a state-of-the-art ice arena to be opened in the fall of 2008.