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Catching Up With Katie Zimmerman (Western New England Women’s Ice Hockey)

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Katie Zimmerman was named earlier this month the first coach of the Western New England women’s ice hockey program, which is scheduled to begin competition in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Diana McNamara)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Katie Zimmerman seems very excited to coach the first Western New England women’s ice hockey team, which is scheduled to play its first contest during the 2020-21 school year.

“Being able to start my own program at the college level is very, very special,” said Zimmerman, who arrives in Springfield after assisting the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team since the 2014-15 season.

“I have categorized it as a life experience (because) it is going to be both exciting and challenging, but also a full-circle feeling to build a program and help grow the game at the next level.”

Zimmerman was named the program’s initial coach earlier this month when the institution announced they would be adding a women’s ice hockey program.

A forward for the Hamilton College women’s ice hockey team, Zimmerman led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in goals scored during her junior and senior seasons, while also earning a pair of all-league selections.

In addition to assisting coach Jeff Matthews at Amherst, Zimmerman has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Zimmerman to discuss her excitement for starting the women’s ice hockey program at Western New England.

On getting a startup program started: The very first thing to do is to make sure people know about the program. So, what I have done is introduce or reintroduce myself to former colleagues and coaches at both the youth and high-school level, as well as camp directors and advisors to educate them about this new program. I have let people know that this is an exciting opportunity, not just for myself, but for so many people that are going to be able to support it, including the first-ever student-athletes that will have a chance to write the first chapter of the program’s history. Besides spreading the news, it is also time to begin building relationships with prospective student-athletes, too.

I am really excited about this opportunity. I believe in this program, and I am looking for recruits who are just as excited as I am. 

On learning from prior startup women’s ice hockey programs: I do have contact with coaches that have started their own NCAA Division I and III programs, so it is very interesting to speak with them and learn how they got their programs started. There are so many interesting aspects of building an inaugural team.

On spreading the word of the new program to the entire country: The midwest and northeast are hockey hotbeds. Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Michigan are the three top states for girl’s hockey, so those are target areas, but I am casting a wide net for potential student-athletes that want to join our program. I have seen some impressive players come out of California, Colorado, and even Texas and Florida, so I am definitely spreading the news outside the northeast and making sure to focus on bringing in individuals that will set the tone for the program’s culture. I have been really lucky to chat with so many people that have provided me with ideas as to what I should do with recruiting, to the hockey x’s and o’s stuff as well, but it has been very helpful learning more about how my colleagues and coaching friends have started their respective programs.

On publicizing the news through social media: I recently launched a WNE women’s ice hockey Instagram account and plan to follow up with Twitter and Facebook soon. Social media is a primary mode of communication for so many people these days and I am excited to get some good content out there. 

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Katie Zimmerman competed for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY:


On falling in love with the sport of hockey: My love for hockey began in the driveway. I grew up on a street with many other young kids, and I would jump into street hockey games whenever I could. I loved ripping around the neighborhood on my roller blades that I had my seventh birthday party at an inline skating arena. I vividly remember going to the arena with my mom and seeing a roller hockey game being played, and I asked my mom if I could play. She signed me up on the spot. I was one of only two girls in the roller hockey league for three years before I transitioned to ice hockey at 10-years-old. I grew more and more serious about ice hockey as time went on, and my love for the sport only grew.

Some of my all-time best friends have been former teammates and many of my favorite moments revolve around hockey. And when I’m not coaching the sport, I’m a passionate follower of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a loyal Detroit Red Wings fan!

Some favorite memories of the game: I could write a book about my favorite memories. When I was a senior in high school I played for a team in Michigan called Victory Honda, and that year alone holds so many of my all-time favorite hockey memories. The best part of that year was that it felt like we were all best friends, both on and off the ice – I still keep in touch to this day) – which made every moment at the rink so much fun. I also had a blast playing in college, where every game-day felt like a holiday. 

Zimmerman’s all-time favorite hockey player: Pavel Datsyuk, who used to play for the Detroit Red Wings. His nickname was “The Magician” because he could do unimaginably creative things with the puck. I thought he was the most entertaining player to watch and a really strong two-way player, too. To this day, I’ve never seen another player that plays the game like he did. 


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Re-introducing Noontime Hockey On Twitter

Noontime Hockey Social

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Noontime Sports is excited to relaunch (and welcome back) @NoontimeHockey to our social media family.

@NoontimeHockey, which fans can follow on Twitter, will be your new source for New England hockey coverage, ranging from the Boston Bruins to college, high school and prep. Additionally, we also hope to provide some junior hockey coverage, as well, so stay tuned.

Similar to our other sports-related accounts – basketball, football, and lacrosse – this will be your go-to for scores, in-game updates, and stories, as well as some videos, too.

Adding hockey coverage is something we have been pondering here in the Noontime Sports office as we know how much this sport means to our region. As many New Englanders know, hockey is woven into the six New England states, and we certainly look forward to telling stories from numerous rinks soon.

So, make sure to toss @NoontimeHockey a follow today and let us know why you love hockey!

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Top 10 (Dec. 10th) Powered by Zelos Athletics

D3 MENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The seventh week of the 2018-19 New England D3 men’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh poll of the season.

Our weekly is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 10th, 2018) 

1. Salve Regina  8-3-1, 6-1-1 CCC
2. UMass Boston 11-2, 8-0 NEHC
3. University of New England 7-3, 5-3 CCC
4. Endicott College  7-3-1, 5-3 CCC
5. Trinity College 4-2-2, 2-1-1 NESCAC
6. Babson College 8-3-1, 6-1-1 NEHC
7. Williams College 5-2-1, 4-1-1 NESCAC
8. Nichols College  6-4-1, 6-2 CCC
9. Curry College  6-4-2, 4-3-1 CCC
10. New England College  6-3-2, 4-3-2 NEHC

On the Rise: Amherst College (3-3-2, 1-2-2 NESCAC), Norwich University (6-4-1, 4-4 NEHC) and Plymouth State (8-1-1, 5-0-1 MASCAC) 


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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Dec. 10th) Powered by Zelos Athletic

D3WOMENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The seventh week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh poll of the season.

Our weekly poll is powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 10th, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  10-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University  10-2, 9-0 NEHC
3. Middlebury College 4-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
4. Elmira College  6-2-1, 4-0 UCHC
5. Conn. College 4-2-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College 9-2, 6-0 UCHC
7. Oswego State  6-3-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL
8. Williams College 6-2-1, 2-2 NESCAC
9. Manhattanville 7-2-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
10. Hamilton College 6-3, 3-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: Amherst College (2-41, 1-2-1 NESCAC), Colby College (3-2-2, 2-2 NESCAC), Morrisville State (9-5-1, 3-2-1 CHC), William Smith (10-0, 8-0 UCHC) and University of New England (10-2-1, 4-1-1 CHC) 


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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Dec. 3rd) Powered by Zelos Athletics

D3WOMENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The sixth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth poll of the season.

Our poll – similar to our New England D3 Football Top 10 from earlier this season – is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 3rd, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  8-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University  7-2, 7-0 NECH 
3. Elmira College  5-1-1, 4-0 UCHC
4. Middlebury College  3-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
5. Conn. College 3-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College 9-1, 6-0 UCHC
7. Manhattanville 7-0-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
8. Oswego State  5-2-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL 
9. Williams College 4-2, 2-2 NESCAC
10. Hamilton College 4-2, 3-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: Amherst College (2-2-1), Endicott College (4-2-2), Nazareth (10-0), University of New England (9-1-1) and Wesleyan University (3-2)


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