More Black Women Playing College Hockey Says Coach

Black Women Playing College Hockey
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Photo: Arcadia University

Kelsey Koelzer (above) said she's been pleasantly surprised by what she's seen on recruiting trips as coach of Arcadia University's new women's hockey team: more Black girls playing the game.

"As I'm recruiting, I feel I'm constantly shocked that it's getting less and less out of the ordinary to see girls that are getting recruited to NCAA [Division I] who are (Black)," said Koelzer, a former Princeton University player who is the first Black woman to coach an NCAA hockey team and in 2016 became the first Black player to be chosen No. 1 in the National Women's Hockey League draft. "I think it's a really hopeful sign."

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