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Eric Peterson, Published February 05 2010

Concordia women's hockey thrives on ice thanks to Dold's Care

Katelyn Dold inspires her Concordia teammates with Care Bears.

Dold brings two of the small stuffed animals to Cobbers women’s hockey games – Good Luck Bear, green with a shamrock on its front, and Champ Bear, blue with a trophy on its front.

“She keeps the green one in her stall every game and then she gives the blue one out to somebody she thinks needs to have a big game that day,” said Cobbers junior forward Emily Sell. “The care bear is notorious for bringing people luck. It’s got like this little special power. It’s always kind of funny.”

Dold has had the Care Bears since she was a sophomore at St. Cloud Tech and started the ritual of handing out the blue bear to teammates near the end of last season.

“It’s kind of sweet to see when people get excited because they have that little extra boost,” Dold said. “If people are in slumps or in bad moods, it’s kind of a pick-me-up.”

The green bear has worked for Dold, too. The sophomore forward has 23 points (9 goals, 14 assists) in 17 games.

Dold leads all Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players in overall scoring.

Concordia is 5-0-1 in its last six games. Dold has scored a point in 10 of her last 12 games.

“The beauty of the way she is playing this year is she attracts attention to herself … which allows her teammates some more opportunities,” Cobbers coach Ace Gregg said. “Her line mates are having great years as well.”

Prior to games, Dold also likes to play Word Search and Farkle on her iPod.

Her best score in Word Search is eight words in 20 seconds.

“She is ridiculously good at it I’ve never seen anyone as fast at Word Search,” Sell said. “I think the first time I saw it, I almost yelled at her, but she’s been on a hot streak so if she wants to play Farkle before the game, whatever.”

A short, yet tumultuous, dance career drove Dold to hockey. She said she was around 4 years old when she took part in her first dance program.

“I’m walking out to my recital and someone steps on the back of my shoe walking out there and I bawl through the whole thing, like I don’t do the dance and I stand there and I’m just bawling,” said Dold, who started playing hockey in kindergarten.

“I said, ‘Mom I’m not dancing anymore.’ She asked me what I wanted to do and I said, ‘Hockey.’ ”

Dold said she picked hockey because she had a cousin who played on the St. Cloud State men’s team and she went to a lot of those games.

In high school, Dold set the Tech scoring record with 311 career points.

“We knew she was a pretty special player when we brought her in,” said Gregg, whose team is tied for fifth place in the MIAC. “We had total confidence in her.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.