UMD Goalie Qualifies for 2022 Winter Olympics

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Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:55 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) -There is a first for everything, but this opportunity ranks among the one in a million kinds of firsts. UMD senior goaltender Emma Soderberg has the chance to perform on the world’s biggest stage in athletics, dressing as an Olympian for the first time in February.

This past Sunday, Soderberg helped team Sweden qualify for the 2022 winter Olympics following a 15-0 shutout win over Korea on Saturday. The WCHA 20-21 goalie of the year is now the second rostered Bulldog to represent a national team who has booked their ticket to Beijing so far this year.

While Soderberg is patiently awaiting a final roster decision.

All in all, UMD may have as many as nine active and former players spread across five various Olympic squads come the 2022 winter games.

“It was a great experience. I had two weeks with the team Sweden. I got to see a lot of my old teammates and stuff, and it was a great environment, and obviously, the game started out great for us, so it was really giving. I can just hope that I put myself in a good enough position to be on the final roster,” said Soderberg.

“It was on her recruiting visit here, and we were sitting down talking about how to get to the Olympics and how to get her here and all of those things, so it’s a really rewarding process to have gone through, and hopefully she’ll be on that final roster, and we’ll get to celebrate her in February,” said Crowell.

Olympic history on Bulldog ice runs deep, and Crowell makes it crystal clear as to how important it is to her and the entire UMD program in advocating towards making these Olympic dreams come true. The lady Bulldogs battle at Bemidji’s barn this Friday. Puck drops at 3:01 pm.

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