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THE UNH EXPERIENCE

WILDCAT HOCKEY

SUE MERZ

KRISTEN THOMAS

CARISA ZABAN

Sue Merz was one of four Wildcats to skate on the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey National Team that won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics. She also skated for the 2002 silver medal U.S. team and her time with the national team spanned from 1990-2002. Merz is a member of UNH’s Century Club with 107 career points. In 79 career games, she compiled 53 goals and 54 assists. Merz was the team leader in assists in both her sophomore and junior seasons. A native of Greenwich, Conn, Merz helped lead the ‘Cats to the ECAC tournament title in 1991 and to a runner-up finish in both 1992 and 1993.

Kristen Thomas, who captained the Wildcats in her junior and senior years, is one of the most prolific scoring defensemen in UNH history. In fact, she ranks first in assists (83) and is tied atop the points leaderboard with 108. The 83 assists is tied for 10th on the program’s overall leaderboard. Thomas, renowned for a hard slapshot, helped lead the ‘Cats to a Hockey East regular-season title in 2004 as well as tournament runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2004. As a senior in ‘04, Thomas ranked third nationally in defensemen scoring (0.86 points per game) and 13th overall in assists. She tied for the team lead in assists as a junior. Thomas’ collegiate accolades included Hockey East First Team All-Star in both 2003 and 2004 as well as New England All-Star Team. Thomas was a member of the USA Women’s National Under-22 Team in ‘02 and ‘03.

Carisa Zaban is one of the most gifted student-athletes to don a UNH hockey jersey. And the proof is in the record book, where her name is at the top of the career lists for both assists (145) and points (263). She is second in career goals with 118. Zaban is one of only two Wildcats to lead the team in points all four seasons. She also led the team in assists every year, and that’s a feat only she can boast. The native of Glenview, Ill. claims three of the top seven single-season assist marks and three of the top eight single-season point totals. Zaban garnered All-America honors in 2000 and was named a top three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award that season. She was one of the 10 nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 1999. Zaban competed on the U.S. National Team in 2001 and 2002.

Class of ‘94

“One often doesn’t fully realize the impact a school has on the development of a person until later on in life. I am no exception. UNH not only gave me a great education, it also gave me a supportive community of friends and teammates with whom I grew and developed as a hockey player and a person. “UNH allowed me to hone my athletic skills, springboarding me to the next level in my hockey career. Without the guidance and leadership of the people on and off the ice at UNH, I would not have been able to realize a lifelong goal of becoming an Olympian.”

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Class of ‘04

“My experience at UNH was an absolute dream come true. People often ask what made me decide to make the move to Durham. It was a question anyone could answer themself with a laundry list of the program’s accolades, but truly it was just my gut telling me it was a perfect fit. Of course the ability to get a home cooked meal – and do a little laundry without heckling anyone for quarters – was a bonus. Looking back, my favorite memories as a player were when we were on the road, because I felt like I was going on vacation each and every time. It was filled with hockey, endless card games and, of course, chicken parmigiana. It took me at least a half-hour to pack my bag for a simple one-night trip as I was so excited. I miss those days, but will hold close to me the memories I have.”

Class of ‘00

“I had the best five years at UNH. (Zaban had a medical redshirt season in 1998.) The friends I made were not only teammates but sisters during and after college. It would be really hard to come back to the school and watch a game because every time I step into the Whitt, I want to get back on the ice. “I’m thrilled that the UNH program is back on top where it belongs and is continuing the tradition of going to the finals and winning league titles. If I could do it all over again, trust me, I would!”

TRADITION. PRIDE. EXCELLENCE.

2012-13 Women's Ice Hockey Media Guide  

A comprehensive look at the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey program. The in-depth guide features current player and coach bio...

2012-13 Women's Ice Hockey Media Guide  

A comprehensive look at the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey program. The in-depth guide features current player and coach bio...

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