Hockey: Elks’ Curtis commits to New Hampshire

Jonna Curtis, still just a junior, has 110 career goals with the Elks. (Photo by Bob Burley)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Jonna Curtis, high-scoring junior on the Elk River girls hockey team, has verbally committed to play for University of New Hampshire.

A starter since seventh grade, Curtis has 110 career goals, 41 of them this year.

Curtis was recruited by multiple schools, including Minnesota, but verbally committed to UNH, herĀ  father, John, confirmed Monday.

UNH is currently 13-14-1, but coach Brian McClosky has taken the Wildcats to five straight NCAA tournaments, and Frozen Fours in 2006 and 2008.

“I went out there last summer and fell in love with the campus,” said Curtis after scoring two goals in a 3-0 win over Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday evening. “It was a great place and all the people were nice. And they have a pretty good team.”

Curtis said Jamie Wood, a UNH assistant coach, spotted her when he was an assistant coach for the Gophers.

“She had quite a few schools interested in her,” said Elk coach Joe Heasley. “The Gophers, and Wisconsin, which was No. 1 in the country, was looking at her.”

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