Updated: June 22, 2021 07:01 PM
Created: June 22, 2021 04:39 PM
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women's assistant hockey coach Ashleigh Brykaliuk has stepped down from her position after three seasons with the Bulldogs to pursue a career in teaching.
Brykaliuk was a two-time captain with UMDwho graduated in 2017. She joined the UMD women's hockey coaching staff in the spring of 2018 after a professional hockey career in China.
"As I make the difficult decision to move on from UMD, I will be eternally grateful for the opportunities that our university and women's hockey program has provided me as a student-athlete and coach," said Brykaliuk via a press release. "The growth and development that I have gained as an athlete, coach, and person since stepping foot on UMD's campus years ago is immeasurable and will help me succeed as I move on to my next chapter. Thank you to the Bulldog community for making my experience what it has been. To our student-athletes -- thank you for committing yourselves to our program and showing up daily to create a challenging, fun, and competitive environment. It has been an honor and a blast to coach such a highly driven and talented group of players."
"To our staff, Coach Crowell and Coach Bellamy -- thank you for your steadfast belief and support in me as a player, captain, and coach and for providing me the opportunity to work with and lead such an incredible group of people so early in my professional career," said Brykaliuk. "I am proud to have worked alongside you and have seen firsthand the time and effort you have put into guiding our program back to national prominence, including our Frozen Four appearance this past season. To our athletic department and Athletic Director Josh Berlo -- thank you for your continued support throughout my time as a Bulldog and for being such a strong supporter of our program, giving our student-athletes a place where they can grow and succeed as players and people."
This past season, Brykaliuk became just the fourth former UMD player to play in both a NCAA Quarterfinal game and coach in one. She is also the third former player to coach in an NCAA Frozen Four.
A Brandon, Manitoba native recorded the second-longest scoring streak in UMD history. It was a 19-game, 26 point run that lasted from Oct. 29, 2016 through Feb. 11, 2017. That same season Brykaliuk earned the UMD Maroon and Gold Team Award. The award honors the player who the team thinks best combines the team values of work ethic, attitude and commitment to the team and to the game of hockey.
"Bryk has been an integral part of UMD Hockey for seven years and will continue to stay close to the program for the rest of her life," said UMD women's hockey head coach Maura Crowell via a release. "From leading the team on the ice during her prolific career as a Bulldog to coaching the current team to a Frozen Four, she has cemented her place in the history books as one of the best ever to represent UMD as a player and coach. We have a special bond that will carry well beyond her days at Amsoil. Thank you, Bryk, for all that you have given to this program over the past decade."
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