Lynnfield High senior goalie Lauren Hennessey has dreamed of playing Division 1 college hockey since age 6.
On Wednesday, two weeks after verbally committing to the University of North Dakota, Hennessey and her parents arrived in Grand Forks, N.D., for her official visit. They toured the campus and watched the Fighting Hawks practice.
Then their trip, and her dreams, were derailed.
At a meeting with head coach Brian Idalski, the Hennesseys were told that North Dakota was cutting the women’s hockey program, along with men’s and women’s swimming.
“I’m very upset and heartbroken, the whole thing has really just been complete shock and disappointment,” said Hennessey in a phone interview Friday from North Dakota.
“Getting another opportunity with a Division 1 program is going to be slim to none since I am a senior this year and the majority of schools have already committed goalies for the following years.”
Hennessey, who has played for the Peabody/Lynnfield co-op team as well as the East Coast Wizards, said that she had turned down offers from other Division 1 programs, including Boston University and Ohio State.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing Division 1 hockey since I was 6 and to have gotten committed to go to UND, I felt like I had finally achieved it,” she said. “But for it to be taken away in a blink of an eye is something that is really hard to look past.”
MSHCA All-Stars in action
The Bay State’s top hockey players will be on display Sunday afternoon at Canton Ice House in the state coaches association’s annual all-star games, presented by the Aleppo Shriners. The boys’ and girls’ games will feature 92 players. The puck will drop for a girls’ game at 2 p.m., followed by a boys’ game at 4:10 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $11; all proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children..
Melanson to be honored
The North Shore Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association will honor the chapter’s founding member, Bob Melanson, on Thursday night at the AOH Club in Peabody. Melanson, the organization’s secretary-treasurer for 50 years, was a high school on-ice official for 40 years, the hockey commissioner for the Northeastern Conference for 27 years and the Commonwealth Conference for 30 years. The Lynn native coached the Lynn Classical hockey team for five seasons. For information, contact Bob Hawkes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-962-1883.
The Globe will publish its 2016-17 Winter All-Scholastic section April 9, honoring the region’s top athletes in basketball, hockey, indoor track, wrestling, gymnastics, and skiing.