Gophers’ Peyton Hemp makes a quick adjustment to college hockey, and to the ‘quiet’ of college life – INFORUM

For Minnesota Gophers rookie forward Peyton Hemp, if there is one complaint she has had since arriving on campus two months ago, it would be that things are sometimes too serene.

Hemp, who is one of six siblings, learned to love the co…….

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For Minnesota Gophers rookie forward Peyton Hemp, if there is one complaint she has had since arriving on campus two months ago, it would be that things are sometimes too serene.

Hemp, who is one of six siblings, learned to love the constant noise of home. She now has two roommates at the U of M. And that has been perhaps her biggest adjustment to college life.

“Home is definitely chaotic. I’m in the middle, so there’s some stuff that goes with that. But it’s a big family, everyone’s all in and out of the house, so that’s what I’m used to,” said Hemp, before a recent Gophers practice at Ridder Arena, before heading back to her relatively quiet apartment. “It’s really different. I’m so used to something always going on and a group always talking in my house, so when I walk in and it’s quiet, it’s like ‘What’s going on?’”

If that part of campus life has been an adjustment, there is a notable contrast on the ice. There, Hemp has seemingly had no “ramping up” period between her role as a prep star at Andover and her current position as a rookie star for the hottest team in women’s college hockey.

Two years ago, Hemp helped Andover win its first state girls hockey title. Last winter, she was named Ms. Hockey for her work with the Huskies (she put up 80 points in her final 23 high school games). And after one month on the college hockey rink, she was named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Month.

After a dozen college games, she is second on the team in assists (10) and points (15), and has been an immediate fit on a Gophers squad that had an uncharacteristic 1-3-0 start, but has rattled off eight consecutive wins since then.

McKenzie Hewett (24) of Minnesota Duluth boxes out Peyton Hemp (15) of Minnesota while controlling the puck during the second period on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

“She’s been on fire. Peyton plays with a lot of confidence. She knows her abilities and what she’s good at, and she plays to what she knows she can do,” said senior forward Emily Oden, who has been on Hemp’s line, along with senior Amy Potomak, for much of the season. “Peyton knows she’s a fast, strong skater so she plays to those abilities and keeps things simple. She doesn’t try to do things that aren’t necessarily in her toolbox.”

Experienced linemates

Hemp admitted that playing with two seniors, the easy play for a freshman would be to pass the puck to her more experienced linemates whenever possible and let them do what they do. Perhaps most impressive about Hemp’s debut is that she has not played like a prototypical freshman.

“What I’ve seen is her not deferring to a couple seniors, which is great,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “That’s not an easy spot to be in as a freshman … They’re just older and have more experience and sometimes you want to get the puck up too much.”

Instead, Frost put Hemp in a position where she could contribute from Day 1.

“She’s been on one of our top two lines all year,” he …….

Source: https://www.inforum.com/sports/hockey/7249288-Gophers-Peyton-Hemp-makes-a-quick-adjustment-to-college-hockey-and-to-the-quiet-of-college-life

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