Canada’s U18 Women’s Captain, Former North Dakota Recruit Bell Picks Bulldogs

The captain of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team, forward Ashton Bell, verbally committed to Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday. The former North Dakota recruit, who will begin playing for the Bulldogs in the fall, announced her intentions via Twitter.

“I am very excited to announce that I will be furthering my education and hockey career at the University of Minnesota Duluth!” she tweeted.

Bell, a 17-year-old from Deloraine, Manitoba, who doesn’t turn 18 until December, captained Canada to a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Czech Republic, scoring two goals in five games. She was part of Canada’s silver-medal winning team in 2016 as well, tallying three goals and three assists that year.

Playing for the Westman Wildcats of the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League, she posted 61 goals and 36 assists in 46 games this past year.

Bell is the second former Fighting Hawk recruit to land with the Bulldogs since the University of North Dakota announced the termination of its women’s hockey program. Centennial High School junior Gabbie Hughes is now committed to play for UMD in 2018-19. UND freshman wing Ryleigh Houston is also transferring to Duluth and will begin playing for the Bulldogs in 2017-18.

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