Prep Girls Hockey
Culver Academies established girls hockey in 1998 and has had national success at various points throughout its tenure. The program has produced numerous collegiate hockey players and prides itself on its student-athlete and leadership development, mirroring the school’s mission. CGA Hockey currently consists of one team, the Girls Prep team (U19), but will be adding a second team (U16) in the coming years. The program is well resourced and supports a robust schedule, away travel, and post-season experiences as afforded. A student-athlete’s hockey financial responsibilities consist only of practice/team travel gear and her own equipment needs. Additional program amenities include pre and post season ice availability, video streaming and editing web platforms, on-site skate sharpening, and generous uniform and equipment purchasing schedules. Recently renovated Henderson Ice Arena is a short walk from the girls’ dorms and boasts two sheets of ice with video access, multiple renovated locker rooms including a new second locker room for girls, a performance center, and a player/parent lounge. The program competes in the Mid-Am District at the USAH Tier-I level.
CGA Hockey boasts of 2010 USA Olympian Molly Engstrom as well as many players who have continued their careers at the collegiate level:
|Bowdoin||Middlebury||Unversity of Massachusettes Boston|
|Clarkson||Minnesota||Univeristy of New Hampshire|
|Dartmouth||Northeastern||University of Western Ontario|
|Harvard||Salve Regina||Wisconsin Stevens-Point|
|Lake Forest||St. Norbert||Yale|
|15||Maggie||Stoudt||D||2002||Traverse City, MI|
|19||Abigail||Marohn||D||2002||Saint Joseph, MI|
Brian Idalski joined Culver Academies as CGA Prep Hockey head coach in the 2018-19 school year.
Most recently, Idalski served as the head coach of the University of North Dakota women’s hockey program from 2007-2017. After inheriting a team that had gone 3-31-2 the previous year, between the 2010-11 and 2016-17 seasons, he amassed an impressive overall record of 144-89-25, including two NCAA tournament berths, and two conference championship appearances. Also during his tenure at UND, the program attracted its first-ever Olympian in Susanne Fellner (2006 Olympics, German National Team), first-ever active student-athlete Olympians in Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux (2010 Olympics, U.S. National Team), and first-ever recruited Olympian in Michelle Karvinen (2010 Olympics, Finnish National Team).
Prior to UND, Idalski spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach with St. Cloud State University’s women’s hockey program, where his primary responsibilities included coaching the defensemen, scouting opponents and overseeing all aspects of recruiting. Before that, Idalski enjoyed a highly successful five-year tenure at his alma mater as head women’s hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he amassed a 108-21-11 (.811) record and was a four-time finalist as American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) National Coach of the Year.
Idalski guided UW-Stevens Point to an NCAA Division III runner-up finish in 2003-04, a third-place national finish in 2005-06 and a national quarterfinal finish in 2004-05. He led the Pointers to three Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) regular season championships (2002, 2005, 2006) and four NCHA playoff titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) and was twice named NCHA Coach of the Year (2002, 2005). During his time at UW-Stevens Point, Idalski developed three All-Americans, six Academic All-Americans and 17 All-NCHA selections.
A four-year letter winner at UW-Stevens Point from 1991-1995, Idalski was a member of the Pointers’ NCAA Division III runner-up team in 1992 and was a sophomore on the 1993 Division III national championship team. In 97 career games as a defenseman, he tallied five goals and 20 assists.
Following his Pointer playing days, Idalski went on to play professional hockey for two years with the Madison Monsters of the United Hockey League from 1995-1997. He then played two seasons with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths of the Central Hockey League from 1997-1999, and won the 1998 CHL regular season and playoff championship. After his professional playing days, Idalski spent the 1999-2000 season as the full-time assistant coach with the Cottonmouths.
Idalski has also been involved for several years as an instructor at the USA Hockey National Development Camps and other instructional hockey camps throughout North America.
A Warren, Mich., native, Idalski and his wife, Nicole, have four sons, Beau, Jason, David and Mitchel.