UMD women invited to White House

The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey team, 2010 NCAA Division I champions, has been invited to a White House reception with President Obama on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C., which will honor championship teams and student athletes, according to a White House release.

Thirty-four teams were listed as invitees including those representing hockey, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, baseball, water polo, football, swimming, soccer, rowing, cross country, tennis, golf, fencing, lacrosse, softball, field hockey, bowling, wrestling and rifle.

Boston College was on the list as Division I men’s hockey champion.

The Bulldogs defeated Cornell 3-2 in triple overtime March 21 in Minneapolis to win a fifth Division I championship and finish 31-8-2 for 2009-10. UMD has made four previous White House trips as NCAA champions – June 25, 2001; May 21, 2002; June 17, 2003; and June 26, 2008.

According to the release, President Obama is continuing a tradition started by President George W. Bush of honoring teams and individual student-athletes for accomplishments on and off the field. President Obama has also started efforts to recognize teams and players for service to their communities.

UMD sports information director Bob Nygaard said Monday that the school had not yet formalized plans for the trip or indentified who would represent the Bulldogs.