The Sioux women have landed their highest-profile Canadian recruit ever.
Meghan Dufault, a Winnipeg native who plays in British Columbia, has given a verbal commitment to play for UND beginning next season.
Dufault was the leading scorer for Canada at the IIHF World Under-18 tournament in Sweden in January. She also led Canada with 4 goals in 3 games during August’s three-game under-18 series between the U.S. and Canada.
Dufault may be the first Canadian U18 player to commit to the Sioux (can’t think of any others).
This will give the Sioux an instant-impact recruit for 2012-13 — one in which they will have to replace soon-to-be Century Club member Alyssa Wiebe (92 career points), among others.
An elite U.S. player — South St. Paul defenseman Sam LaShomb — will come to UND next year along with Dufault. Players that are redshirting this year (not sure which yet) also will be counted on to provide an instant impact next season.
The Sioux have a few local players lined up for years after that, including Warroad products F Lisa Marvin (’13), F Kayla Gardner (’13) and D Lynn Astrup (’14).