St. Peter, Minn. – Gustavus Adolphus women’s hockey senior Lindsey Hjelm (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.) added even more recognition to her already storied career on Tuesday when D3hockey.com released its All-America and All-Region awards. Hjelm was named to the All-America First Team and was also crowned the West Region Player-of-the-Year following a senior season that saw the Gusties to their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament semifinals. Hjelm adds the distinctions to a list of awards already earned in her senior season, which includes AHCA First Team All-America, MIAC Player-of-the-Year, the MIAC Shelia Brown Award, and MIAC All-Conference.
A model of versatility and tenaciousness, Hjelm made the switch from defender to forward midway through the season, scoring 11 points in her first seven games following the switch. On the season, Hjelm scored 14 goals (4th, MIAC) to go along with 16 assists (1st, MIAC) for a total of 30 points (2nd, MIAC) in her senior campaign.
The 30 points this season helped Hjelm become just the 11th player in Gustavus women’s hockey history to reach the 100-point mark in a career. In her four-year tenure, the she has posted 48 goals and 62 assists for a total of 110 points. A two-year captain, Hjelm also played in every game in her career, tallying an NCAA-record 120 games on the ice.
A two-time AHCA All-American and four-time MIAC All-Conference honoree, Hjelm garners her first D3hockey.com All-America award as well as becoming the first Gustavus player to ever win the West Region Player-of-the-Year crown. The All-American teams are comprised of those individuals that receive the most votes of Sports Information Directors at Division III institutions that sponsor women’s ice hockey while the West All-Region teams and West Player-of-the-Year are determined by Sports Information Directors of West Region institutions that sponsor women’s hockey.