Saturday, October 4, 2008

Meet the Freshmen: #20 Brooke Ammerman

Brooke Ammerman scored her 1st goal as a Badger last Saturday v. Quinnipiac, and she scored a slew of goals this weekend v. Syracuse -- 4 goals today and 1 goal yesterday -- and so I thought it was time I finally got around to taking a closer look, continuing my "Meet the Freshman" series. (I've previously looked at Brittany Haverstock and Carolyne Prévost.)

Let's start out with a couple of profiles that have already been written: player bio
Gandalf's preview

Honestly, I don't know who writes the bios for, but they seem to have left some things out. Let's see how I do at filling in the gaps!

Ammerman has some nice national and international experience:

Summer 2008
U22 Summer Camp
Ammerman earned a spot for Team USA's U22 summer camp in June/July. She was unable to attend but was still considered for the U22 Select Team that played in the 3 game series v. Canada in August. Unfortunately, she did not make the cut, but I'm wondering if she was still being held back by the wrist injury that kept her off the team that played in Harbin, China in April. indicates she played for Team USA "back in August" in the series v. Canada, scoring the first goal in game 2. However, that's from over a year ago when she played on the U18 team, not this past August.
She was too old to play for the U18 team this August, but her sister Brittany played for the U18 team in the U18 Select Series v. Canada this August.

U18 Select Series v. Canada (August 2007)
Ammerman played for the U18 Team in the inaugural U18 Select Series v. Canada in August of 2007, along with future Badgers Brianna Decker and Rebecca Ruegsegger. Canada won all 3 games of the series. Ammeman served as an assistant captain and shared the scoring lead for Team USA for the series with Decker. Ammerman had 1 goal in Game 2 and 2 assists in Game 1 for 3 points. (Decker had 1 goal in each game for 3 points.)

USA Hockey Holiday Camp (December 2007)
Ammerman was attended USA Hockey's Holiday camp as one of the 34 candidates competing for a roster spot on Team USA to compete in IIHF World Women's Championship in Harbin, China in May of 2008. However, she had wrist surgery in March that was expected to sideline her for 3 months, so she did not make the roster.

IIHF U18 World Women's Championships (January 2008)
In January of 2008, Ammerman served as an assistant captain for the U18 Team in the 2008 IIHF U18 Women's World Championship in Calgary, Alberta. This was the inaugural U18 World Women's Championship, and Team USA brought home the gold! Also on the team were future Badgers Brianna Decker, Rebecca Ruegsegger, and Alev Kelter.

In 5 games, Ammerman recorded 6 goals and 4 assists for 10 points and finished +8. Her 6 goals led Team USA and tied her for 2nd among all skaters in the tourney. Her 10 points tied her for 2nd on Team USA and tied her for 4th among all skaters in the tourney. Additionally, she was named Player of the Game for the gold medal game v. Canada.

Ammerman also wrote a blog during the event with teammate Kendall Coyne.

Ammerman spent the last 2 years playing for the North American Hockey Academy (NAHA) of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL). As a senior, she served as captain and led team to the JWHL regular season title, the JWHL playoff championship, the College Limoilou Tournament Championship, and a JWHL Challenge Cup silver medal. I can't find any stats for her senior season, but her junior season she recorded 62 goals and 56 assists for 118 points in 74 games as NAHA won multiple titles en route to a record of 64-3-4-3.

Prior to attending NAHA, Ammerman played for the Princeton Tigerlillies. As a sophomore, she served as an assistant captain and was named Team MVP as she led the team to the district championship. In 62 games, she recorded 77 goals and 40 assists for 117 points.

When Ammerman committed to the Badgers, here's what Head Coach Mark Johnson had to say:
“Brooke has very good hands, is a good playmaker and a natural scorer who will be participating in the Under-18 World Championship. She also presents strong leadership skills on the teams that she’s playing for.”

Here's a really nice article on Ammerman -- even better, it includes a video interview with Brooke and her sister Brittany!