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 has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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