HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team welcomes 11 freshman skaters to its roster for the 2010-11 season. Forwards Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.), Lindsay Burman (Stanchfield, Minn.), Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.), Megan Hagg (Ajax, Ontario), Emily MacKinnon (Kirkland, Quebec) and Olivia Brackett (Coopersville, Mich.) look to contribute to the Bobcats offense this season. Defenders Kara Gust (Orlando Park, Ill.), Shelby Wignall( Hamilton, Ontario) and Kelly Lavallee (Salem, N.H.) will help Quinnipiac in the back.
"We are very excited about our freshman class," says head coach Rick Seeley. "We believe we have added some much needed scoring and speed to our lineup. We also feel we have improved our defense and added a few solid two-way players up front. Overall, this class gives us more potential for success than this program has ever seen."
Babstock brings an array of offensive tools to the ice and hopes to make an immediate impact. Babstock led the Toronto Jr. Aeros, the 2009-10 Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) champions, in points (60) and assists (35) and finished second in goals with 25.
Uden Johansson was a 2008 and 2009 Swedish semifinalist with Modo and a 2010 Swedish gold medalist with Segeltorp. She also scored one goal and one assist as a member of the Swedish women's national ice hockey team in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Colin was a team captain, All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference, All-Tournament, All-Metro Third team, and an All-State Academic selection. She holds the record at Burnsville High School for total points, most goals, single-season points, and single-season goals.
Burman helped the Cambridge/Isanti High School hockey team to the conference championship. She was also a member of the second place finishing Minnesota Thoroughbreds of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL).
Orlando guided Shattuck-St. Mary's to a National Championship in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2010. She was also a four-year honor roll student.
Hagg, who brings her skating speed and scoring ability to the ice, also played on the same Toronto Jr. Aeros team as Babstock. She finished the 2009-10 campaign with 20 points, registering 13 goals and seven assists.
MacKinnon captained her high school team, the Kent School, as a sophomore, junior and senior. She also was a member of the Under-19 bronze-medal-winning Midfairfield Connecticut Stars at the U.S. Nationals.
Brackett helped the Detroit Little Caesars AAA girls hockey team to a state championship.
Wignall was both a Stoney Creek Intermediate AA Sabres assistant captain and Team Ontario Blue silver medalist at the National Women's Under 18 National Championship.
Gust was a member of the Tier I Elite Chicago Mission Championship team.
Lavallee helped The Governors Academy to three consecutive division two championships from 2008-10. She was an all-league selection in 2009 and an assistant captain and all-league honorable mention in 2010.
The Bobcats will look to the freshmen to help build off a successful 2009-10 campaign, in which the team earned the program's first-ever postseason victory. The team also finished the season with the program's best overall record (19-10-8) and best conference mark (11-4-7).Quinnipiac plays host to its first exhibition contest on Sept. 24 against Ontario Hockey Academy at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats then open the season when they travel to Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. for a two-game set against Niagara on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.