When Sadie Lundquist left Cloquet for Bemidji State University four seasons ago, she had a plan for her hockey career and for her life.
So far, everything is going according to plan.
Lundquist just finished her senior season on Lake Bemidji, captaining the Beavers this season and playing in all 34 of the team's games. In fact, she didn't miss a shift her entire senior season, and finished second on the team in scoring with 16 points.
For her career, Lundquist played in 144 games, scoring 26 goals and adding 57 assists for 83 points. Seven of her 26 career goals won games for her team. Her best season was her junior year, with career highs in goals (12) and assists (23).
The Beavers had a difficult season, finishing 6-26-2, but Lundquist loved her experience in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
"It was great," she said. "I liked Bemidji, it's a small town, all the athletes know each other, and I had friends on all the other teams."
Lundquist also loved her school experience. She graduates with a degree in sports management and business administration, and is about to continue her career in a new way.
She's been hired as an account representative by the Minnesota Wild, and that will give her the chance to stay close to the sport she loves with a team she loves as well. She starts her new job on June 4.
"I'll sell ticket packages, and be part of their inside sales team," she said. "I'm very excited about that. It's an entry-level job but I'm glad to have my foot in the door for a company I wanted to work for. They say that if you love your job it's not so much a job and I think they'll be right."
Lundquist hopes her new job will lead to bigger and better things.
"I would love to move up to sales and marketing, and get a larger role," she said. "But I'm grateful for this position right now and I look at it like coming in as a freshman. I want to work hard, prove myself and get more playing time."
Lundquist especially likes the Wild for another reason.
While at Cloquet, she was a teammate of then eighth-grader Carley Esse, who will attend Bemidji State in the fall, but that Cloquet team reached the state tournament.
"I've played at the Xcel," she said. "You don't realize how great that is until you don't have it any more."
Lundquist also talked with Esse on her recruiting visit.
"I went out to eat with her and gave her my experience," Lundquist said. "It's a gritty, small-town, work-hard system which is what we came from in Cloquet. She is going to get the chance to play, which is why I went. I played a regular shift, on the power play and the penalty kill, and that was why I went to play college hockey. I wanted to be an influence and a player who would play every game."
Lundquist considers herself fortunate, having played both in a state tournament and for four years in Division I, before heading straight into a job in the field of her choice.
"I have a lot of people to thank," she said. "Every one of my coaches made me a better player and a better person. I'm just going to go work hard and start another career."