Zoe Hickel named Alaska Athlete of the Week

August 24, 2020

Five years after playing in the WCHA as a player, Zoe Hickel of Anchorage is going back to coach in the premier college hockey league, earning her Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Week honors.

The 28-year-old former professional player and Team USA gold medalist has joined the coaching staff for the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.

Hickel played at Minnesota Duluth before embarking on a decorated playing career, winning championships in the National Women’s Hockey League with the Boston Pride and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with the Calgary Inferno as well as two World Championship gold medals with Team USA.

Her breakout season came in 2018 when she led the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with 26 assists in 28 games and was named a first-team all-star. She also scored two goals in the league championship game, a 5-2 win over Montreal.

She attended the American Hockey Coaches Association national convention and earned her USA Hockey Level 4 coaching certificate and served as an assistant coach for D1 Merrimack College for the 2015-16 season.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.