Whether it’s skating her regular shift, working on the power play or killing penalties, Lucie Bond can usually be seen with the puck. And the senior center for the Minnehaha United girls’ hockey team knows what to do with it when she gets it.

The most recent stats has Bond ranked among the state’s top 10 in three offensive categories. Through January 18, she was third in total points with 68, fourth in goals with 36 and sixth in assists with 32.

Bond has helped lead Minnehaha United to a 13-6 overall record and 2-0 in the Independent Metro Athletic Conference, with just a handful of games left in the regular season.

Lucie Bond
Minnehaha United senior captain Lucie Bond is among the top scorers in the state in girls’ hockey. Photo by Brad Stauffer

According to coach Dan Berthiaume, Bond doesn’t have any flaws as a player. “She can skate, she can pass, she can shoot and she’s smart with the puck,” he said. “She does so many things for the team. She’s an outstanding student, and just an amazing individual.”

Defenders don’t have much time to react when Bond has the puck, because she knows right away what to do with it—whether taking a quick shot herself or setting up a teammate to do the same.

“I’m a pretty fast skater and I can see the ice well,” Bond said. “When I see (the action) develop, I’m able to quickly make the play.”

Bond, who lives in Summit Hill and attends Saint Paul Academy, is a natural leader and captain for Minnehaha United. “It’s nice to go out there and set an example for your teammates,” she said.

She started her prep career as an impressive freshman for the Saint Paul United cooperative team, which is composed of players from SPA and Visitation. When Visitation broke off on its own during last year’s shortened season, SPA joined what is now the five-school Minnehaha United. (The team also includes players from DeLaSalle, Providence Academy and Saint Agnes.)

According to coach Dan Berthiaume, Bond doesn’t have any flaws as a player. “She can skate, she can pass, she can shoot and she’s smart with the puck,” he said. “She does so many things for the team. She’s an outstanding student, and just an amazing individual.”

Bond acknowledged that the dissolution of Saint Paul United was not good news. “It was kind of hard at first because I had a lot of friends at Vis,” she said, “but it’s worked out really well. I like the coaching staff here. We don’t play Vis this year, but I think it’d be really fun.”

Bond named Winny Brodt, a longtime Minnesota Whitecaps defender, as a role model. Brodt has a long resume as a summertime coach for girls’ youth hockey programs, and Bond said it was a thrill to be tutored by Brodt as a young player.

“She had a huge influence on me,” Bond said. “In general, there aren’t a ton of women coaches. It’s good to have some as role models.”

She also credits her dad, who she said has been greatly involved with coaching her throughout her years as a hockey player.

Bond’s skills have attracted the attention of college scouts and she is slated to play next season for Williams College, a Division III program in Massachusetts.

“Obviously, the play in college will be at a faster pace,” she said, “and coming in as a freshman, I’m not expecting to get the playing time that (veteran) players get. But I really like the coaching staff there, too.”

Berthiaume believes Bond is good enough to be able to play there right away.

— Bill Wagner

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