Carly Glover made history in early December when she played her first women’s hockey game for Merrimack College.
Glover, a 2020 graduate of Kodiak High School, became the island’s first Division I hockey player — male or female. Coming off the bench, the freshman forward fired two shots at the goalie and three blocks in the Warriors’ 4-2 loss to Holy Cross on Dec. 11.
Since her debut, Glover has tacked on two more shots — one each against Holy Cross (Dec. 12) and Connecticut (Dec. 18) — to her statistical sheet and has four in six appearances.
Merrimack, located in North Andover, Massachusetts, in the tough 10-team Hockey East Conference with powers Northeastern, Boston College, New Hampshire and Boston University. After having the first four games of their season postponed, the Warriors sit 1-5 in the conference, 1-5 overall. Merrimack has 14 games remaining, with the regular-season finale on Feb. 27.
After finishing the 2019-20 season with a 5-24-5 record, Merrimack was selected to finish ninth in the Hockey East 2020-21 preseason poll.
Glover skated with the Kodiak Hockey League and was an integral piece of the Alaska All-Stars, an Anchorage-based squad, for the past four years. She earned invitations to two USA Hockey Player Development Camps.
In May 2020, Glover signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Merrimack.
“I thought hockey was just going to be an extra sport that I could do during the winter to keep me busy as a kid,” Glover told the Daily Mirror in May. “I never thought I would ever go to college for hockey until my freshman year. There is actually a big window for girls.”
Without a hockey program at Kodiak High, Glover showcased her skills on the Alaska All-Stars, playing in Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, California, New York Massachusetts and Colorado.
“The school she is going to will be very happy that they have her,” Alaska All-Stars coach Cristy Hickel told the Daily Mirror in May. “There may be flashier players out there right now, but she is going to continue to improve.”