WNY native Erin Gehen making mark on Buffalo State women's hockey program

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 15:02:22-05

Erin Gehen was a part of something special eight years ago; the first ever girls hockey team at West Seneca West.

"We were very good that year," Gehen said. "It was really cool to be a part of that."

She was a part of history then and is a part of history now.

Gehen is a senior on the Buffalo State women's ice hockey team and has seen the program grow tremendously since she joined four years ago.

"It was just a totally new team, new faces, new systems, everything was new," she said.

But the team has grown and so has Gehen.

"She's fast, she's quick, she's got good hands, she's got a good shot, she's pretty dangerous on the ice," said head coach Jennifer Wilson. "I think her stats speak to that as well."

Gehen's got 38 career assists, 88 career points and with her 8th goal this season reached a huge milestone: her 50th career goal with the Lady Bengals.

She's the first ever player in program history to reach that mark.

"I honestly did not know it was my 50th goal but it was really cool to hear after," Gehen said.

"She has worked for every single thing that she's gotten and she's become a huge advocate for Buffalo State hockey and D-III hockey in general," Wilson added.

The Lady Bengals have quite a few games left to play this season which means Gehen's career goal total will only continue to rise.

As a selfless player though, she's not really focused on what that career goal total will be. Instead she says whatever the number, she hopes it won't stay there for very long.

"I want this program to do wonders, I want this program to be the number one program in the nation so it'll be cool to have my name up there," she said. "I hope somebody beats it."