The University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey coaching staff announced their six-player 2021 recruiting class Thursday.
Bulldogs rookies include Hanna Baskin (Excelsior, Minn.), Brenna Fuhrman (Farmington, Minn.), Holly Gruber (Plover, Wisc.), Gabby Krause (Andover, Minn.), Jenna Lawry (Lindstrom, Minn.) and Mary Kate O’Brien (Wilbraham, Mass.). They join graduate transfer Élizabeth Giguère (Quebec City, Que.).
“We are happy to welcome this group of accomplished young women to our program,” said UMD head coach Maura Crowell. “Six of the seven newcomers served as leaders of their previous teams, with five of those six wearing the “C.” We have an Under-18 Women’s World Champion (Fuhrman), an NCAA National Champion (Giguère), and three US state champions (Gruber, Krause, O’Brien). Leadership experience and championship habits are qualities that we value in our recruiting process. We are excited to welcome all seven of these players to the Bulldog family.”
A 5-9 defenseman and two-time selection to USA Hockey National Development Camps in both 2018 and 2019, Baskin was a member of three section championship teams at Minnetonka. Baskin helped lead the Skippers to two third place finishes in 2019 and 2020, and the semifinalists in 2021. A team captain, Baskin was named All-State honorable mention, Academic All-State and All-Conference in 2021 and was selected to the 2020 MSHSL All-Tournament Team.
Fuhrman will come to UMD with plenty of international experience under her belt, including the 2020 IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship gold medal under Crowell for Team USA in Slovakia. In addition to attending the USA Hockey Select Camp in 2019, Fuhrman also attended USA Hockey National Development Camps in both 2018 and 2019. A soon to be 2021 Farmington High School graduate, Fuhrman was on the Farmington girls varsity hockey team for five years (2016-2021), earning All-State honors in 2021, and All-State honorable mention in 2020. Fuhrman, a 5-7 defenseman, was a four-time South Suburban All-Conference selection (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), and was a team captain as a junior and senior.
Gruber, a 2020 graduate of Stevens Point Area Senior High, was a participant in the USA Under-18 Top 66 Camp in 2019, as well as the 2018 and 2019 USA Hockey National Development Camps. The lone goaltender in the Bulldogs 2021 class, Gruber backstopped Pursuit of Excellence to CSSHL runner-up status, and helped the Madison Capitols to a state championship over the 2017-18 season. Gruber graduated as one of Stevens Point’s Valedictorians and ranked fifth in her class of 514 students.
Krause is a three-time USA Hockey National Development Camp participant (2017, 2018, 2019) and attended USA Hockey’s Select Camp in 2019. A four-year letter winner for Andover High School, Krause was honored as a 2021 All-State recipient after being named 2020 All-State honorable mention. A team captain both her junior and senior seasons, Krause, a forward, was a three-time Northwestern Suburb All-Conference selection (2019, 2020, 2021), and helped the Huskies win a state championship in 2020.
Lawry, a 5-11 forward, participated in two USA Hockey National Development Camps in both 2018 and 2019. A top-10 Ms. Hockey finalist for Chisago Lakes High School, Lawry is a three-time All-State selection and four-time Mississippi 8 All-Conference selection. A team captain, Lawry helped the Wildcats to a State Tournament berth in 2021 after winning Section 5A, and Chisago Lakes earned two conference titles over Lawry’s six-year high school tenure. Lawry reached record marks with a 60 points season (33g, 27a) as a sophomore, and again as a junior when she put up 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 25 games. An All-Metro selection, Lawry left the Wildcats as their all-time assist and points leader.
O’Brien is a 5-4 forward that was selected three times to the USA Hockey National Development Camp (2017, 2018, 2019), as well as to the USA Hockey Select Camp in 2019. A 2021 graduate of Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney, the two-year assistant captain was a two-time New York state champion, in addition to being both a Connecticut and Massachusetts state champion. O’Brien is also a two-time runner up at nationals with Selects Academy.
Giguère joins UMD after four successful seasons at Clarkson University as a graduate transfer for the 2021-22 school year. A massive offensive talent that has a loaded trophy case to prove it, Giguère won the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Award as the nation’s top player in women’s college hockey. A three-time All-American selection, Giguère was the 2020 ECAC Player of the Year. She secured the 2018 NCAA title for the Golden Knights after scoring the game-winning goal, and has compiled a whopping 233 career points in 137 career games to date.