Former Minnesota Duluth captain Zoe Hickel has been hired as an assistant coach at Ohio State, joining the staff of head coach Nadanie Muzerall.
Hickel played four seasons for the Bulldogs from 2011-15, serving as an assistant captain as a junior in 2013-14 and captain in 2014-15. A forward, Hickel posted 46 goals and 47 assists for 93 points in 138 career games at UMD. Her 19 goals and 32 points as a senior in 2014-15 led the team as she was nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award. Hickel graduated from UMD with a minor in coaching.
“I am at a perfect place in my life to use the experience and cultures I’ve absorbed over the years of elite play, coaching and world travel to give that back to our team and to embrace the opportunity to help make a difference in this next generation,” Hickel said in the team’s announcement.
Hickel — a 28-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska — has spent the last four seasons in professional hockey, playing for the Boston Pride and Connecticut Whale of National Women’s Hockey League, the Kunlan Red Star and Calgary Inferno of the now defunct Canadian Women’s Hockey League and last season with Linkoping HC in Sweden.
Hickel also spent two seasons with the U.S. Women’s National Team, winning gold with Team USA at the 2015 and 2016 Women’s World Championship and 2015 Four Nations Cup.