Three Minot locals to attend USA Hockey Development Camp
Minot High School Majettes Madie Olson and Dessa Flom, plus Minot native Olivia Hanson will be skating in the girl’s U18 USA Hockey Player Development Camp this week at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on the campus of St. Cloud State University.
The trio advanced out of the North Dakota Girls Player Development Camp and then the Northern Plains District Girls Player Development Camp, which includes players from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, to earn this opportunity.
The Northern Plains District (NPD) is the smallest district of the twelve USA Hockey districts, so very few girls get invited to the national camp.
In total, 180 girls with 2000 or 2001 birth years will attend the USA Hockey camp being run from today until Friday. Instructional lessons are incorporated throughout a weeklong tournament. Game and player statistics will be tracked on teamusa.usahockey.com under the development camp section.
Making the trip are three Minot players who are eager to get better and advance their hockey careers.
As a freshman, Flom led the Majettes in scoring last year with 28 points and a team-high 21 goals. She was rewarded with an All-State selection. Flom was one of two 2001 birth year forwards to receive an allocation from the NPD camp to the USA Hockey camp.
“It means a lot,” Flom said. “It’s a big step. Helping me get farther in life to put on that USA jersey. I hope to get out of Minot and play somewhere else (eventually).”
Taking the only allocation spot for a 2001 born defender from the district was Olson. Last year as a sophomore, Olson led the Majettes’ defense with five goals and was named to the West Region all-conference team.
“It was helped me get to a higher level of playing and taught me how to play against older girls,” Olson said about being on the ice with Minot High. “This (camp) could help me a lot because I want to play college hockey later and I’ll get to represent my state too.”
Finally, Hanson plays her hockey in Saskatchewan, Canada, with the Junior Women’s Hockey League team Notre Dame Hounds. The left-handed blueliner took one of two defense spots for the 2000 birth year players. She was also an alternate for the U18 Select 66 Camp that was held last month in Maine.
HockeyTV is live streaming the games from the camp, as well as the other USA Hockey camps throughout the summer. A monthly subscription is $29.99 per month or $16.67 per month if you sign up for a 12-month subscription. To access HockeyTV visit usahockey.hockeytv.com.
Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.