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Brad Schlossman / Forum Communications, Published April 21 2010

Olympian from Finland commits to UND women's hockey team

GRAND FORKS – The Lamoureux twins won’t be the only Olympic medalists on the University of North Dakota women’s hockey roster this fall.

Finnish forward Michelle Karvinen, who tied for her team’s lead in scoring during the 2010 Olympic Games, has committed to play college hockey for the Sioux beginning this fall.

As one of the top for-wards in Europe, Karvinen totaled 11 scholarship offers from American col-leges, a Danish newspaper reported, including ones from defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth and other tradi-tional powerhouses.

Karvinen has dual Dan-ish and Finnish citizenship and won a bronze medal for the Finns in Vancouver, gaining her national noto-riety in Denmark because no Dane has earned a medal at the Winter Games since 1998.

She figures to be a key piece in the puzzle of UND’s attempt to break into what has been traditionally a “big three” in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

For more, see tomorrow's Forum.