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Merrimack Women’s Hockey Forward Jackie Pieper Transfers to Minnesota

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Merrimack women’s hockey forward Jackie Pieper has transferred to Minnesota and the Golden Gophers announced her as an incoming player today on their official website.

A native of Edina, Minn., Pieper joins the Maroon & Gold after competing for the Warriors for the past two seasons. She served as a captain for Merrimack and compiled 23 points (9g-14a) in 70 games played. Pieper was one of the first four players for Merrimack women’s hockey, which enters its third season as a program in 2017-18.

Pieper told the Minnesota website the decision ultimately came down to academics, and the desire to pursue a major that Merrimack did not offer.

“I was debating about becoming a speech pathologist or a child life specialist for my future career, and I talked to my career advisors at Merrimack,” she said. “They helped me get some internship experience, and I realized that I wanted to pursue speech pathology. I knew I would have to get my Master’s degree for that but wasn’t sure how to get there. My career advisors helped me look at my options, and it became clear that I needed an undergraduate major in Speech Pathology, which Merrimack didn’t offer. I started looking at transferring to schools that offered the major I needed, and Minnesota was a perfect fit because it was nice to come home. I did my time far away, but I’m very excited to be back home.”

“Being one of the first-ever captains of Merrimack really sticks out to me. That’s really big, along with all the records we set. We came in as a very strong program in Hockey East, and I think a lot of teams were surprised about that. It was all very cool to be a part of.”

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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