Dallas Stars Elite Girls U14 forward Mika Jahnke makes NCAA DI commitment to YALE UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS
DALLAS, Texas – The emerging growth in popularity of girls/women’s hockey in the United States has seen a surge of talent come out of Texas and the Dallas Stars Elite Girls Tier I program.
Now, the program adds another accomplishment to their ever-growing list as they are pleased to announce that U14 forward Mika Jahnke has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Yale University of the Ivy League / ECAC Hockey League for 2021.
Mika joined the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program her first year of peewee hockey. Mika is also part of the Japan National Team ice hockey program, having attended their U18 select camp since she was 13 years old. Once she meets the residency requirements of the IIHF, she plans to represent Japan in IIHF sponsored events.
Coach Salekin commented on the accomplishment: “Another great day for the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program. Mika is a player who has a nose for the net and has shown the ability to put the puck in the net. I am proud of not only Mika but the players around who have made this accomplishment possible. Mika has been with the program for 5 years and is a great example of internal grown and development with the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program.”
Mika Jahnke is now the sixth player respectively currently playing on the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program who have made an NCAA Division I commitments in 2017-2018 joining Audrey Shirer (Lindenwood), Erika Shirer (Lindenwood), Riena Jahnke (Yale), Teagan Heaslip (Brown), and Lily Martinson (Providence). The organization expects many more to come with the strong support of the Stars and the current Stars Elite player development rate.
The Dallas Stars and the hockey community in Texas, including TAHA and the DSTHL, have gone above and beyond in supporting the female hockey growth in the state. It all starts with the leadership the Dallas Stars, who have provided the female hockey player living in Texas with incredible opportunities. At a young level, the Stars provide a variety of female specific learn-to-play programs. At the DSE Girls level, the ice-time and player development environment provided for the Dallas Stars Elite Girls program is now as good as anyone in North America. The Stars local hockey leagues have provided the opportunity for all the Elite girls to play against predominantly male teams which have been great for the girls’ development.