WMU News

Two women's hockey champions at WMU July 17

July 16, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Lisa Brown-Miller and Kelly Dyer will be on Western Michigan University's campus Saturday, July 17, as part of the University's first developmental camp for female ice hockey players. The program is being organized by the Mustangs, WMU's non-varsity women's hockey club.

Brown-Miller and Dyer were members of the first U.S. Women's National Team, which was officially launched in 1990 at the inaugural International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.

Brown-Miller, a forward and native of Union Lake, Mich., played on all six national teams leading up to the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where women's ice hockey debuted as an Olympic sport. The former head coach of the Princeton women's hockey team scored a pivotal goal against Canada in round robin play during the Games to keep the Americans in the hunt for gold. The United States beat Canada 3-1 in the final contest to win the first Olympic gold medal in women's hockey.

Dyer, a goalie from Massachusetts, played on the first three national teams, then went on to play minor league men's professional hockey for four years in the East Coast Hockey League and Florida's Sunshine Hockey League. She also has been director of marketing for the Orlando Rollergators of the International Roller Hockey League and has developed a commercial line of female hockey equipment with Cammi Granato, who captained the 1998 Olympic team.

"Lisa and Kelly are two of the best-known promoters of women's hockey today," says Brad Johnson, head coach of the WMU Mustangs. "We're thrilled to have them participating in our first hockey camp. Young players will benefit tremendously from their expertise, experience and enthusiasm."

Johnson added that members of the Mustangs hockey club also will have a chance to learn from the two women's hockey standouts. The Mustangs were formed in 1995 and compete in the Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association, playing such teams as Michigan State University, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. They won the 1998 CCWHA championship.

The hockey camp, which is designed for girls and women age 13 to 18, will take place Saturday, July 17, at WMU's Lawson Ice Arena. It will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Media contact: To arrange coverage or an interview, call Brad Johnson at Kalamazoo's Hockey Services, (616) 375-3313, or at home, (616) 388-4277.

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