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Hockey is for Everyone: Minnesota Whitecaps

Professional team allows women to continue to play competitively after college

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. During the month of February, the Wild will celebrate organizations and teams around Minnesota that work to create a greater State of Hockey and exemplify the meaning of Hockey is for Everyone -- providing a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Gigi Marvin, Monique Lamoureux, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Kendall Coyne, Alex Rigsby and Hannah Brandt are currently representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the 2018 Olympic Games. Before they were named to the national team?

They were all Minnesota Whitecaps. 

The Minnesota Whitecaps is an elite women's hockey team made up of post-collegiate players. The organization was established in 2004 to give female players in the Midwest an opportunity to continue their playing careers beyond college. More than a decade later, the team continues to allow high-level women to play the game they love and inspire a new generation of athletes.

Video: Local women's stars continue careers with Whitecaps

In 2008, the team received a Breaking Barriers Award as an "individual or organization which has broken barriers, overcome challenges, or made a significant contribution to girls' and women's sports in their respective communities."

The Whitecaps are an independent team that is not part of the NWHL or CWHL, and this season have scheduled games against collegiate teams as well as Shattuck-St. Mary's.

Two Whitecaps, Kate Schipper and Sadie Lundquist, were named to the 2018 NWHL All-Star Game that will take place Feb. 10-11 at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul. Schipper, a Brooklyn Park native and former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher, will play on Amanda Leveille's team, while Lundquist, a Cloquet native, Bemidji State University alumna and Minnesota Wild employee, will suit up for Brittany Ott's squad.

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