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Prairie Centre's Ecker commits to play hockey at BSU

Bemidji State University Women’s Hockey Head Coach Jim Scanlan announced that the program has added Abby Ecker and Kara Werth to its 2017-18 freshman class. The Native Minnesotan duo brings the incoming class to nine.

Abby Ecker, a recent graduate of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School, was a three-sport athlete who competed in tennis and track and field in addition to hockey. In the rink, she was an All-Mid-State Conference defenseman for Prairie Centre where she led her team in goals scored, with 17, and finished with 27 points (17g-10a). She also participated in the Senior Classic for Section 6A-AA to conclude the 2016-17 season.

“Abby is an outstanding athlete who is an excellent skating defenseman and has good offensive skills,” BSU head coach Jim Scanlan said. “She has tremendous upside to her game and it will be fun to watch her develop as she commits to hockey full time.”

Ecker capped her high school career by participating in the Minnesota State Track and Field Meet, where she finished seventh in the high jump and added an eighth-place finish as a member of the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunders’ 4x200-meter relay team.  Last fall she also advanced to the State Class A Tennis Tournament as a singles player.