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Former Fargo North/South forward Avery Myers wanted to get closer to home, transfers to SCSU

She spent the last two seasons playing for the University of New Hampshire. She chose St. Cloud State, despite the Huskies being in the process of interviewing new head coaches at the time.

Avery Myers of Fargo North/Fargo South celebrates a goal against Mandan during their quarterfinal game of the North Dakota Hockey Tournament on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018, in Grand Forks. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Avery Myers of Fargo North/Fargo South celebrates a goal against Mandan during their quarterfinal game of the North Dakota Hockey Tournament on Thursday Feb. 22, 2018, in Grand Forks. Myers recently decided to transfer to play for St. Cloud State.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Avery Myers was looking to play closer to home.

The 20-year-old played the last two seasons for the University of New Hampshire, which is about 1,300 miles away from Fargo, her hometown. After last season, the forward entered the transfer portal and ended up picking St. Cloud State, which is about a three-hour drive away from home.

"Obviously, it's a lot closer to home than New Hampshire and I really liked the coaches and I think the program is headed in a different, better direction," Myers said. "Obviously, I have been to St. Cloud a few times in my life and I played nationals there. I loved everything about it.

"Being close to home is a huge part and my family can come and see all of my games."

Last season, her older sister, Graysen, was a senior forward for the Bemidji State hockey team and Avery's parents attended nearly all of Graysen's games and got to see Avery play once in person. The rest of the time, they saw her play online.

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"The hockey was very good and Hockey East is a really good league," said Myers, who had five goals and 10 points in 40 games with the Wildcats. "The transition from high school to college was a lot different. It's way faster and way stronger players. It's going to be another transition to play in the WCHA.

"Going into the portal, getting closer to home was one of the goals and the WCHA is the top league in women's college hockey. That was a goal. I'm really thankful to have the opportunity to play at St. Cloud. I'm super excited."

When Myers was in the transfer portal, St. Cloud State was in the process of hiring a new head coach. But Huskies assistant coaches Jinelle Siergiej and Molly Engstrom got in contact with Myers and she made a recruiting visit and was sold.

"I talked with the assistants, obviously, the whole time," she said. "I really liked them and trusted them. It was a bit nerve-wracking that there was no coach and we didn't know who it was going to be. The coach can come in and change everything if they wanted to.

"It was a decision I had to make and then wait and see who the coach was going to be. But it turned out to be good."

Chobak, who was a backup goalie the last two seasons for the Bulldogs, also made the decision as St. Cloud State University was looking for a new women's head coach. Before playing in college, she played for the Chicago Young Americans.

So what were things on the recruiting visit that impressed Myers?

"The rink and the facilities definitely stood out to me," she said. "They have super nice facilities. I went to lunch with a few of the girls and really liked them ... It feels more like home than New Hampshire did."

Former University of North Dakota women's head coach Brian Idalski ended up being named the Huskies' new head coach. Myers got a chance to meet and talk with him recently when the team had some workouts at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

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"That was the first time I actually talked to him, but I, obviously, knew about him and his career," she said. "It was so great meeting him — and we had a long conversation — and hearing what his goals were and that he was going to push us. I think this program is headed in the right direction."

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Bemidji State sophomore Graysen Myers (23) races to the puck against Ohio State on Nov. 1, 2019, at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. Graysen is the older sister of Avery Myers, who recently transferrred to St. Cloud State.
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A hockey family

Myers comes from a hockey family. Her father, Chris, won a state title playing hockey for Fargo North High School and then played for the North Dakota State University club team.

Her younger brother, Camden, has played defense the last two seasons for the Fargo South/Shanley High School hockey team.

"(My dad) got us all into it and he coached all of us growing up," Myers said. "Obviously, he's all of our favorite coach. We loved having him as a coach and he would coach our summer team and he was our biggest supporter.

"Me, my sister and my brother — we all wouldn't be where we are today in our hockey world and our lives without what he's done for us. It's been huge having him know what he does about hockey and coach us and be at the rink with us all the time."

She said that her dad, a prosecutor, still plays in a men's league and she and her siblings have been on the ice together recently.

"We are super competitive," Myers said. "The other night, my brother and I skated together and we made a bet: $5 to whoever scored the most goals. I won."

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Avery Myers
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Myers played three seasons of high school hockey for Fargo North/South and helped the Spruins reach the state championship game in both 2018 and 2019. In 76 career high school games, she had 51 goals and 116 points.

Her senior season, she decided to play AAA hockey for the Minnesota Ice Cougars 19-and-under team that is based in the Twin Cities. She attended Fargo South and then would commute to the Twin Cities for games and played more than 50 games during the season in 2019-20.

"It was a lot more games and higher level competition," she said. "I got prepared for college and got more exposure for college.

"I think I can see the ice really well and I definitely have a knack for scoring goals. I think I can make other players around me better."

Because she was commuting to play, she had to quit swimming for her high school team, which she had competed for in the individual medley and breaststroke since she was in seventh grade. She also was a midfielder on the high school soccer team.

Myers' mother, Tricia, is a psychologist and Myers was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team twice. Myers plans to double major in criminal justice and business at St. Cloud State.

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