Brown Bears
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Institution: Brown University
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
School founded: 1764
Enrollment: 10,333
Colors: Brown, Red and White
Home Arena: Meehan Auditorium
Capacity: 3,100
Dimensions: 200' x 85'
Women's Team
Conference: ECAC
Coach: Carisa Zaban Wahlig
Conf. Championships: 1998, 2000, 2002

The Brown Bears women’s ice hockey program is the oldest women's hockey program in the United States. It was the first collegiate women's ice hockey program in the United States, started in 1964. The team is led by Head Coach Margaret ("Digit") Murphy, who became the winningest coach in Division I women's ice hockey history during her 18th season at Brown (2006–2007).[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Brown University women's ice hockey is widely regarded as being one of the premier collegiate programs globally. Several former players are Olympic medal winners.

In 1964, the Brown Bears men's coach Jim Fullerton arranged for Nancy Schieffelin to attend a team practice. She was an experienced player and came to the practice disguised in full uniform. A year later, Brown University would have the first women’s ice hockey program. The team was known as the Pembroke Pandas. The Pandas would have to borrow equipment, and sell hockey rule sheets at the Bears men's games to raise money for equipment. In February 1966, the Pandas (Brown Bears) women’s ice hockey team played their first game. Against the Walpole Brooms, the club lost by a 4-1 score. [2]

In 1976, Brown would host the first ever Ivy League women's ice hockey tournament. The other competing schools were Cornell, Princeton and Yale. The Big Red would win the tournament.

Between 1994 and 1997, the Bears won three consecutive ECAC regular season championships. During that time span, the Bears were undefeated in the league during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. The undefeated streak spanned 49 ECAC games. The Bears competed in the first AWCHA Division I National Ice Hockey Championship. Contested in March 1998, the Bears were defeated by the New Hampshire Wildcats by a 4-1 score. [3]

In 1999-2000, Brown reach its second national championship final in three years. Coach Digit Murphy, who has been building the program since 1988, used virtually every player on her bench and eventually wore out opponents. She even went so far as to take the advice of a volunteer assistant coach by allowing her centers to take turns choosing the wings on their lines. The team withstood a season-ending ACL injury to its best player, U.S. Olympic defenseman Tara Mounsey, and went on to win nine straight games entering the 2000 national championship game.[4]

Ali Brewer holds every Brown goaltending record for a season or a career. In her four seasons with the Bears, she posted a 1.37 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. In addition, she had 2,490 saves and posting 39 shutouts. Numerous records were set by Brewer including, a 0.94 GAA and .957 save percentage in her freshman season, 13 shutouts in her junior season, and 25 wins in her senior campaign. Another record that she holds is five consecutive shutouts, set her junior season, in which she blanked Cornell (3-0), St. Lawrence (5-0), Niagara twice (6-0 both games), and Colby (9-0).

During Brewer’s four seasons, the Bears never won fewer than 20 games in a season. The Bears won ECAC Championships in 1998 and 2000, with Brewer earning MVP honors during the 2000 Championship. The Bears also played in the AWCHA Tournament three times from 1998–2000, finishing as the National Runner-Up twice.[5]

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Conference Overall Record
1965-66 1 0 1 0
1966-67
1967-68 2 0 2 0
1968-69
1969-70 2 1 1 0
1970-71 3 1 2 0
1971-72 4 4 0 0
1972-73 5 3 2 0
1973-74 8 3 5 0
1974-75 9 6 3 0
1975-76 12 6 6 0
1976-77 14 10 4 0
1977-78 15 8 7 0
1978-79 20 6 12 2
1979-80 21 10 10 1
1980-81 19 8 10 1
1981-82 18 5 12 1
1982-83 20 7 13 0
1983-84 22 12 10 0
1984-85 19 11 8 0
1985-86 20 12 6 2
1986-87 15 4 9 2
1987-88 18 6 12 0
1988-89 20 10 9 1
1989-90 17 7 9 1 15 11th 12 9 11 2
1990-91 14 4 10 0 8 7th 19 8 11 0
1991-92 17 6 11 0 12 7th 22 10 12 0
1992-93 21 14 7 0 28 3rd 24 15 8 1
1993-94 11 9 2 0 18 3rd 24 19 5 0
1994-95 14 11 2 1 23 T-1st L, QF 2-1 (St. Lawrence) 23 16 4 3
1995-96 16 12 0 4 28 1st W, QF 7-2 (Colby) L, SF 4-2 (Providence) 25 16 4 5
1996-97 22 22 0 0 44 1st W, QF 6-2 (Colby) L, SF 2-1 (Northeastern) 31 28 2 1
1997-98 22 15 4 3 33 T-3rd W, QF 1-0 (Cornell) W, SF 3-1 (Dartmouth) W, F 4-3 (New Hampshire) 33 22 7 4
1998-99 26 19 4 3 41 T-2nd L, QF 3-0 (Dartmouth) 31 20 7 4
1999-00 24 19 2 3 104 28 41 1st W, QF 8-0 (Niagara) W, SF 2-1 (Northeastern) W, F 6-2 (Dartmouth) 32 25 4 3 130 44
2000-01 24 15 6 3 81 42 33 4th W, QF 4-3 (New Hampshire) L, SF 3-2 (ot) (Dartmouth) 29 19 7 3 96 52
2001-02 16 12 3 1 70 26 25 T-2nd W, QF 2 games to none (Yale) W, SF 3-1 (St. Lawrence) W, F 4-3 (ot) (Dartmouth) 35 25 8 2 141 58
2002-03 16 9 6 1 64 33 19 5th W, QF 2 games to 1 (St. Lawrence) L, SF 10-3 (Harvard) 32 14 14 4 110 84
2003-04 18 12 5 1 75 44 25 4th W, QF 2 games to 1 (Princeton) L, SF 2-1 (2ot) (Harvard) 31 18 11 2 109 78
2004-05 20 11 8 1 58 41 23 T-5th L, QF 2 games to 1 (St. Lawrence) 32 15 15 2 83 74
2005-06 20 10 6 4 46 37 24 T-3rd W, QF 2 games to none (Dartmouth) W, SF 1-0 (Princeton) L, F 4-3 (Harvard) 33 15 13 5 71 71
2006-07 22 6 15 1 50 83 13 9th Did not qualify 29 10 17 2 69 97
2007-08 22 4 14 4 36 62 12 10th Did not qualify 29 5 19 5 52 85
2008-09 22 6 16 0 33 71 12 10th Did not qualify 29 7 21 1 40 91
2009-10 22 1 18 3 22 73 5 11th Did not qualify 28 3 21 4 41 95
2010-11 22 1 17 4 28 81 6 11th Did not qualify 29 2 23 4 38 114
2011-12 22 5 13 4 31 63 14 T-8th L, QF 2 games to none (Cornell) 31 8 16 7 61 82
2012-13 22 5 17 0 31 61 10 11th Did not qualify 27 6 20 1 42 76
2013-14 22 3 16 3 29 65 9 11th Did not qualify 29 4 20 5 42 81
2014-15 22 2 19 1 39 94 5 12th Did not qualify 29 5 23 1 58 117
2015-16 22 1 18 3 25 89 5 11th Did not qualify 29 3 23 3 37 114
2016-17 22 5 17 0 33 98 10 T-10th Did not qualify 27 5 22 0 56 126
2017-18 22 1 21 0 31 100 2 12th Did not qualify 29 2 27 0 46 134
2018-19 22 2 16 4 32 88 8 11th Did not qualify 29 5 20 4 47 109
2019-20 22 2 18 2 24 85 6 11th Did not qualify 29 3 23 3 33 119
2020-21 Season cancelled November 20, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic[6]

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NCAA Tournament Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season Semifinals Championship Third Place
American Women's College Hockey Alliance Championship
1998 W, 3-2 (Northeastern) L, 4-1 (New Hampshire) --
1999 L, 5-3 (Harvard) -- L, 3-2 (Minnesota)
2000 W, 4-2 (Dartmouth L, 4-2 (Minnesota) --
NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament Championship
Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship
2002 N/A W, 2-1 (Minnesota) L, 3-2 (Minnesota-Duluth)

Olympians[edit | edit source]

  • Pam Dreyer, 2006 Torino (Bronze)
  • Kim Insacalo, 2006 Torino (Bronze)
  • Kathleen Kauth, 2006 Torino (Bronze)
  • Becky Kellar, 1998 Nagano (Silver), 2002 Salt Lake (Gold), 2006 Torino (Gold)
  • Katie King, 1998 Nagano (Gold), 2002 Salt Lake (Silver), 2006 Torino (Bronze)
  • Tara Mounsey, 1998 Nagano (Gold), 2002 Salt Lake (Silver)
  • Chie Chie Sakuma, 1998 Nagano (Team Japan)[9]

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

Ali Brewer with the 2000 Patty Kazmaier Award

  • Ali Brewer, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, First Team[10]
  • Ali Brewer, Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist, 1999
  • Ali Brewer, Patty Kazmaier Award (2000)[11]
  • Ali Brewer, Women's Ivy League Outstanding Performers (2000)
  • Ali Brewer, Women's First Team All-Ivy League (1999)
  • Ali Brewer, Women's First Team All-Ivy League (2000) [12]
  • Ali Brewer, Ivy League Player of the Year (2000)
  • Ali Brewer, ECAC Goaltender of the Year (2000)
  • Ali Brewer, First Team All-ECAC (2000)
  • Mardie Corcoran, 1986 Marjorie Brown Smith Award[13]
  • Pam Dreyer, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Divions I All-Star Team[14]
  • Pam Dreyer, Goalie, 2002 ECAC North Second Team
  • Katie King, Kate Silver '86 Award (1994)[15]
  • Katie King, Forward, 1996 All-ECAC Team
  • Katie King, 1997 Marjorie Brown Smith Award
  • Katie King, 1997 ECAC Player of the Year Award[16]
  • Katie Jamieson, 2010 Second Team All-Ivy[17]
  • Laurie Jolin, ECAC Rookie of the Week (Week of February 22, 2010)[18]
  • Courtney Johnson, 2002 ECAC All Academic Team
  • Courtney Johnson, 2002 Academic All-Ivy
  • Courtney Johnson, US College Hockey Online Player of the Week (Jan. 14, 2002)
  • Becky Kellar, 1996 ECAC All-Tournament team
  • Becky Kellar, 1996 ECAC Honor Roll[19]
  • Jessica Link, Kate Silver '86 Award (2002)
  • Jessica Link, Forward, 2002 ECAC North All-Rookie Team
  • Jessica Link, 2002 ECAC All-Rookie Team
  • Jessica Link, 2002 Second Team All-Ivy honors
  • Jessica Link, ECAC Rookie of the Week (Jan. 28, 2002)
  • Jessica Link, 2002 Kate Silver Award, recognizing her as the outstanding first year female varsity athlete at Brown University
  • Jessica Link, 2002 Sakuma Award winner. [20]
  • Hayley Moore, Forward, First Team All-Ivy League, 2007–08, Brown (Senior)
  • Kathryn Moss, Kate Silver '86 Award (2004)
  • Kathryn Moos, 2007 Marjorie Brown Smith Award
  • Tara Mounsey, Kate Silver '86 Award (1997)
  • Tara Mounsey, 1997 ECAC Rookie of the Year
  • Tara Mounsey, 1999 American Women's College Hockey Alliance All-Americans, Second Team[21]
  • Tara Mounsey, 2000 Marjorie Brown Smith Award
  • Tara Mounsey, Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist, 1999, 2000[22]
  • Digit Murphy, New England Hockey Writers 2001-02 Women's Coach of the Year
  • Paige Pyett, Defense, 2009 ECAC All-Rookie Team[23]
  • Christina Sorbara, 2001 Sarah Devens Award [24]
  • Nicole Stock, Second Team All-Ivy League, 2007–08, Goaltender, Brown (Junior)[25]
  • Nicole Stock, Goaltender, 2009 Third Team All-ECAC
  • Cassie Turner, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Divions I All-Star Team
  • Cassie Turner, Defense, 2002 ECAC North First Team
  • Kristy Zamora, ECAC Player of the Week (Awarded December 11, 2001)
  • Kristy Zamora, 2001-02 New England Hockey Writers Women's Divions I All-Star Team
  • Kristy Zamora, Forward, 2002 ECAC North First Team

Alli McMillan '74 Award[edit | edit source]

  • Emilie Bydwell 2007 Alli McMillan '74 Award as the team's unsung hero.

Chelsea McMillan '98 Award[edit | edit source]

  • Kim Fleet, 2002 Chelsea McMillan '98 Award for pride and perseverance
  • Emilie Bydwell 2006 Chelsea McMillan '98 Award for pride and perseverance. [26]

Sakuma Award[edit | edit source]

The Sakuma Award is a team award given for perfect attendance at practices and games.

  • Kim Fleet, 2002 Sakuma Award winner for perfect attendance at all practices and games. [27]
  • Courtney Johnson 2000, 2001 Sakuma Award winner for perfect attendance at practices and games. [28]
  • Kristy Zamora, 1999, 2000[29]

Ivy League honors[edit | edit source]

  • Kristy Zamora, Forward, Senior, 2002 First Team All-Ivy League
  • Cassie Turner, Defense, Junior, 2002 First Team All-Ivy League
  • Katie Germain, Goalie, Sophomore, 2002 First Team All-Ivy League
  • Jessica Link, Forward, Freshman, 2002 Second Team All-Ivy League
  • Meredith Ostrander, Defense, Senior, 2002 All-Ivy League Honorable Mention
  • Kristy Zamora, Brown, 2002 Ivy League Player of the Year [30]

Bears in professional hockey[edit | edit source]

Player Team League
Becky Kellar Burlington Barracudas CWHL
Kristy Zamora Mississauga Chiefs CWHL

For Further Reading[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brown Bears: Women's Ice Hockey. Brown University. Retrieved on 4 December 2009.
  2. Ivy Women’s Hockey. Ivy Women in Sports: profiles of women from the Ivy League’s history (February 22, 2007). Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  3. About GirlsWomens' Hockey. Alaska State Hockey. Retrieved on 24 June 2010.
  4. "Digging Themselves Out", CNN, 2000-04-03. Retrieved on 2010-04-27. 
  5. http://www.brownbears.com/sports/hallfame/mtt/brewer_ali00.html
  6. https://www.uscho.com/2020/11/12/ivy-league-which-includes-mens-womens-ecac-hockey-teams-cancels-winter-sports/
  7. http://www.uscho.com/stats/teamYxY.php/brown-bears/womens-college-hockey/team,bn/gender,w.html
  8. https://brownbears.com/sports/2018/5/8/womens-hockey-year-by-year-results.aspx?id=2725
  9. http://www.brownbears.com/athletics/history/olympians
  10. http://www.ahcahockey.com/news/women4799.html
  11. http://www.usahockey.com/patty_kazmaier/default.aspx?NAV=AF_09&ID=191330
  12. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/sports/alltime.asp?intSID=8
  13. http://www.brownbears.com/exceptional_bears/athletic_award_winners/marjorie_brown_smith
  14. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=1583
  15. http://www.brownbears.com/exceptional_bears/athletic_award_winners/kate_silver
  16. http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-hockey/mtt/murphy_digit00.html
  17. Freshman Katie Jamieson Receives All-Ivy Accolades (February 25, 2010). Retrieved on 6 April 2010.
  18. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2009-10/Weekly_Awards/Women-s_Wkly_Award_Winners_02_22.pdf
  19. http://www.whockey.com/univ/ecac/1996/usatoday_shcf.html
  20. Jessica Link Player Profile. Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  21. http://www.ahcahockey.com/news/women4799.html
  22. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/pattykazmaier.asp
  23. http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/030309aad.html
  24. Karen Thatcher wins prestigious Sarah Devens Award. Hockey East (April 11, 2006). Retrieved on 11 May 2010.
  25. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=6431
  26. Player Profile Emilie Bydwell. Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  27. Player Profile Kim Fleet. Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  28. Courtney Johnson Player Profile. Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  29. Player Profile Kristy Zamora. Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  30. Men's and Women's Hockey All-Ivy Teams Announced. Ivy League Sports (March 7, 2002). Retrieved on 8 April 2010.

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