FARGO — For the last two years, Avery Myers has watched her sister, Graysen, play for the Bemidji State women’s hockey team. Now, the Fargo South senior and former North-South girls hockey standout will be joining her sibling at the Division I level.
About a month ago with graduation nearing, where Myers would step foot in the fall hadn’t yet been decided, until she made a phone call to the East Coast school that always stuck out to her. Myers made her jump to the D-I level official the last week in February when she committed to play hockey for the University of New Hampshire.
“It feels really good. It was kind of stressful not knowing where I was going, but now I have everything figured out and I’m really excited,” Myers said.
After visiting the campus in Durham, N.H., this summer, before it became her eventual reality, Myers envisioned herself in the white and blue.
“They're a great school and their hockey program is really strong. They made it pretty far this year, which is really good,” she said. “I really like the coaches and obviously the rink, you can’t really beat that. It’s just a really pretty place to be.”
The Wildcats went 18-15-4 this season and played in their first Hockey East semifinal in a decade.
The goal she’s had for 14-to-15 years of playing Division I hockey, from the time she first put on a pair of skates, came to fruition. Myers’ dad played hockey and got the whole family into it, including Beavers sophomore forward Graysen, and their brother, who’s a bantam.
“(Joining Graysen) is really exciting,” Myers said. “Hopefully we get to play each other once before she graduates.”
The Myers sisters, who played together at North-South for two years and every summer, are usually on the same team. Playing against each other could be a first for the family.
“I definitely looked up to her,” Myers said of Graysen. “It was really cool to see her going to play at the Division I level. Working out with her in the summer and skating with her has helped me develop more.”
Two years ago, the Myers sisters, who were North Dakota’s top two scorers, were a feared duo statewide. Graysen led the state with 65 points in the 2017-18 season, and Avery followed with 57.
Avery left North-South this year to play her senior season for the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Ice Cougars U19 team.
The forward from Fargo South didn’t bid farewell without leaving her mark on the program, though, chalking up 116 points — split between 51 goals and 65 assists — in her three seasons with North-South.
Myers said leaving was a tough decision.
“I didn't want to leave my teammates and friends, but it was an opportunity that came up that I couldn't really pass up on,” she said. “It was just really good hockey. A lot more games and stronger competition, which will obviously help me when I go on to the next level.”
Myers finished as one of the Ice Cougars top scorers, and said the season, which ended a couple weeks ago, went well.
“We got to play a bunch of games. Really good competition,” she said. “It was a lot of traveling, but I think it was definitely worth it.”
Myers will be over 1,000 miles away from home this fall, the farthest from her hometown she’s ever been. A deciding factor for the Bruin to play for the Ice Cougars was that despite the traveling, she’d be able to carry out her senior year at Fargo South, where she also plays soccer.
When her hockey season ended, Myers was preparing for her next sport to start. That soccer season is now on hold, as the North Dakota High School Activities Association suspended all spring sports and activities indefinitely, including practice, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hearing about the suspension was tough, she said.
“I love soccer and I love my coaches,” Myers said. “They’ve been super supportive with all my hockey stuff, and I just really hope that we can play at the end of all of this.”