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Ellison, UMD hockey team meet President Bush

When Johanna Ellison graduated from Cloquet High School in 2005, she left as the most decorated hockey player in the history of Minnesota girls hockey.

When Johanna Ellison graduated from Cloquet High School in 2005, she left as the most decorated hockey player in the history of Minnesota girls hockey.

Ellison won numerous Player of the Year awards, Goalie of the Year Awards and helped lead her high school team to the state tournament almost too many times to count. One of her biggest memories to date will be created this week as she travels to Washington D.C. to meet the President of the United States.

"I am really looking forward to meeting the President and seeing the White House," said Ellison. "It is an experience that not many people can say they have had."

Ellison is getting the chance after playing on the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's hockey team that won the NCAA Division I national title last season. The team left Duluth early Tuesday morning and flew to Washington for an afternoon meet-and-greet session with the President.

After graduating from Cloquet, Ellison played two seasons at Boston College before deciding to transfer UMD last season and in a radio interview on WKLK-FM this week she expressed her thoughts.

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"I am happy I made the decision," commented Ellison. "It was one of the most difficult decisions in my life to leave, but it is one that I do not regret. My coaches and teammates have really made my transition to UMD an easy one."

Even though she has won a national title in college hockey, Ellison is still not resting on her laurels and continues to ready herself for her final season of college hockey in the fall.

"I am continuing to lift and I am skating in a summer league," stated Ellison. "I also am trying to take advantage of any ice time I can get."

So, where does meeting the President of the United States stack up compared to playing in the state tournament, or winning a national title?

"It is right up there with going to state in high school," Ellison said.

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