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Maple Grove Senior High Girls' Hockey Coach Amber Hegland was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s ‘M’ Club Hall of Fame this month. She was an All-American in 1996 and an Academic All-American in 1998 for the Gophers. She still holds the Gophers softball career batting average record. After finishing her softball career, she played hockey for one season, recording 35 points in 36 games.

As a coach, she strives to make a positive difference. She works to provide students and athletes the opportunity to believe in themselves and push themselves outside their comfort zone to accomplish more than they thought they could. Hegland was featured in a University of Minnesota online alumna update blog in July and said, "It is rewarding to watch kids selflessly participate in activities and give it their best effort while competing at the highest level without the fear of failure."

This is the attitude she strives to instill in the athletes she coaches.

During the University of Minnesota’s 2016 Homecoming Week, Hegland was recognized at the Hall of Fame banquet, the Gopher men’s hockey game and football game. Hegland joined the Maple Grove Girls Hockey team as head coach in the 2015-2016 season.

— Photo top right courtesy of Osseo Maple Grove Press taken by Bob San.