Bethany Brausen, assistant coach of the St. Thomas Women’s hockey team, recently spoke with the Boston Sports Journal about her experience coaching at the Boston Bruins development camp.
From the story:
Brausen left Minnesota for St. Thomas in 2021, helping guide the Tommies through their first two seasons as a Division I program in the WCHA, typically regarded as the top division in women’s college hockey. The last four national champions and 19 of 22 winners all-time have hailed from the WCHA. Despite the stiff competition, the fledgling Tommies improved from eighth to seventh from Brausen’s first season to the end of 2022-23, which included a shootout win over No. 7 Minnesota Duluth. St. Thomas sees the promise in both of its rising programs, securing funding for a new arena for its men’s and women’s programs. It will open in 2025. ...
“I feel like what’s really special about this opportunity is you come in and get fresh eyes on everything,” she said. “For me, it’s been just like an absolute whirlwind of excitement and energy. I get an opportunity, obviously, to get on the ice and get to know some of these guys, not only from a hockey perspective but a personal perspective, too, which has been pretty, like I said, overwhelming in the best way.”