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.
🖊 Committed! 🖊
MSU Beavers Women’s Hockey is proud to announce the commitment of Defenseman, Makenna Beard! A product of Boissevain, MB, Makenna will join the program for the 2022/2023 season following her time with @westmanAAA! Welcome to Minot State!#JoinTheColony https://t.co/t8yejVOpKh pic.twitter.com/nkJHTK3FaL
— Minot State Women’s Hockey (@MSUBeaversWHKY) October 27, 2021
“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.
Beyond excited to announce I have committed to Minot State University to play hockey for the @MSUBeaversWHKY! A huge thank you to my family, friends, coaches and teammates who have helped me along the way! #gobeavers pic.twitter.com/TPm2bMtSBR
— Makenna Beard (@makennabeard7) October 27, 2021
“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.”