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Kampersal Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/22/2012
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Princeton head women's hockey coach Jeff Kampersal
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (2/22/12) - Princeton head women's hockey coach Jeff Kampersal has been named head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2012-13 season.

Kampersal is serving as coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the first time after having been involved in multiple USA Hockey Women's Select Festivals and Player Development Camps.

He has been the head coach at Princeton for 15 years and has amassed a 233-184-41 record. His teams have averaged better than 17 wins per season, more than four wins more per season than in the first 17 years of the women's program. With the Tigers earning a place in the 2012 ECAC Tournament and facing Harvard this weekend in a quarterfinal series, Kampersal has now taken his teams to 14 ECAC quarterfinals.

Kampersal has been named the ECAC Coach of the Year three times, including in 2006 when Princeton earned its first NCAA tournament berth. He has had four players in contention for the Patty Kazmaier Award during his tenure, one earn All-America, three capture major Ivy League honors, two win ECAC major awards, seven first-team All-ECAC selections and 17 first-team All-Ivy picks.

A 1992 graduate of Princeton, Kampersal served as the men's hockey team's captain as a senior. An All-Ivy League and All-ECAC selection, Kampersal shares the school record for consecutive games played with 107. He was awarded the 1941 Championship Trophy, given to the Princeton player who best represents the winning spirit of the 1941 championship team. Kampersal played high school hockey at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in November of 2009.

A 10th-round selection of the New York Islanders in the 1988 NHL entry draft, Kampersal played for the ECHL's Richmond Renegades and the AHL's Capital District Islanders.

The 2012-13 season includes the USA Hockey Women's National Festival (August 2012/Blaine, Minn.), the 2012 Women's Under-18 Series, a three-game competition against Canada (Aug. 16-19/Blaine, Minn.) and culminates with the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World U18 Championship in the winter.

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