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Boissevain’s Makenna Beard to Join Minot State for 2022-23

Photos courtesy of Darryl Gershman and Makenna Beard

Boissevain’s Makenna Beard to Join Minot State for 2022-23

The Minot State Beavers women’s hockey program has been handed a significant piece for the 2022-23 American Collegiate Hockey Association season. This past week, Boissevain product Makenna Beard officially committed to the program beginning next fall.

A long-time member of the U-18 AAA Manitoba Female Hockey League, the strong defenceman will begin her collegiate career just down the road in Minot, North Dakota. Following her graduation from Boissevain School, the 5-foot-7, 135-pound, left-handed defender will shift to freshman status as the calendar flips for the coming school year.

“I chose Minot State because of the welcoming staff, coaches, and players, along with being close to home while playing the game I love,” Beard said selecting the Beavers as her new hockey home.

Through nine games of 2021-22, she has two goals and seven points as team captain of the Westman Wildcats. She had two points in the COVID shortened 2020-21 campaign, while putting up three goals, 16 points and 26 penalty minutes in 37 games for the Wildcats in her first season of U-18 action.

“Makenna is an all-around athlete and competitive player on the ice,” Beavers head coach Ryan Miner said. “Her vision and playing-making ability drive her success and make her tough to play against. She is a well-rounded skater with a hard, accurate shot, and will make her presence known when she steps on the ice for our program next fall.”

The past three years have seen Beard excel both on and off the ice. Taking ‘honour roll with distinction’ status every year, her smarts in the classroom will certainly come into the fold as her university career begins.

“The MFHL congratulates Makenna on her outstanding accomplishments to date during her U18 “AAA” career,” the league wrote in a statement. “We wish her all the best with her future academic and hockey endeavours while at Minot State.”

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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