Teams to meet Sept. 26 in OSU Ice Rink in exhibition game
Muzerall was named the Buckeyes’ head coach prior to the start of the 2016-17 season and made her debut on Sept. 30 at RPI, leading her team to a 4-1 win over the Engineers. Under her watch Ohio State improved on its win total from the 2015-16 season and earned the fifth seed in the WCHA Playoffs, where the team earned its first postseason victory since the 2013-14 season. Overall OSU played to a record of 14-18-5, including a perfect 6-0-0 record and 24-1 goal differential against non-WCHA opponents.
Several Buckeyes earned notable distinctions under Muzerall in 2016-17, led by Kassidy Sauve being named a second team All-American. Sauve was the first All-American for the program since 2012 and the first goaltender to ever earn that honor. She also set Ohio State single-season records in saves and save percentage during her fantastic season between the pipes. Sauve was joined by Jincy Dunne as an All-WCHA honoree, the first time since 2013-14 the Buckeyes had two all-conference players in the same season. Dunne was also named to the All-Rookie team, the third straight year Ohio State had a freshman earn that recognition.
Off the ice OSU had nine student-athletes named to the WCHA All-Academic Team including Lauren Spring, who was a nominee for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and was named a Major of the Year award winner by SHAPE America. Spring and Katie Matheny were both named WCHA Scholar-Athletes as well.
Back in January, Muzerall coached Canada’s U22 National Team at the 2017 Nations Cup, and she is no stranger to a Hockey Canada coaching staff. In 2016 she was an assistant coach for a three-game series against the United States that took place in Calgary (during which Canada took two of the three games), and she has served as a camp coach at Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camp. Back in July of 2016 she was named to the coaching staff for Canada’s National Women’s Development Team.
A two-time All-American and two-time national champion as a player at Minnesota, Muzerall spent five years behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Golden Gophers. The first women's hockey player to be inducted into her university's hall of fame, she helped guide her former team to four national championships and five-consecutive spots in the title game. During her tenure she coached five Olympians (Mira Jalosuo, Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Anne Schleper, and Lee Stecklein), none of whom had made Olympic rosters prior to Muzerall's arrival.
While serving as a member of the Golden Gophers staff, Muzerall's teams accrued a record of 182-14-8, including a perfect 41-0-0 record during the 2012-13 season. 13 Minnesota team records are held by squads the she either coached or played for.
Regarding her playing career, Muzerall was a prolific player for the Golden Gophers. An All-American in 1998 and 2000, she also earned Team MVP honors during those seasons. As a freshman in 1998 and a senior in 2001, she was a Patty Kazmaier Award finalist. She still sits atop the all-time goals scored list with 139 and graduated as the career points leader for Minnesota. She holds the honorable distinction of having won multiple national championships as a player and as a coach as the same institution: 2000 and 2001 as a player, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 as a coach.
Prior to her return to Minneapolis, Muzerall made a couple significant career stops. She spent two seasons playing for Hockey Club Lugano in Switzerland, skating on the first line and leading her team in both points and goals. During her tenure, the team won a Swiss National Championship and advanced to the European Cup, where they won a bronze medal.
She also was a teacher and hockey coach at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mt. Hermon, Massachusetts, from 2002 to 2009. In addition to serving as the head women's hockey coach, Muzerall was a physical education teacher. She also has contributed as an instructor to several well-known hockey camps, helping young hockey players across the country.
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