Nicole grew up in Lakewood, CO. She played boys hockey for the Foothills Hockey Association until her junior year of high school. She then began playing for the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association.
In 2012, Nicole began her college career at Lindenwood University. She was a four-time All-Conference selection, three-time Academic All-American is the NCAA single-game save leader (90), and is the NCAA all-time save leader (4,06). She holds program records in saves, wins, save percentage, and shutouts. She was a two-year captain. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.
Nicole was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championships. The team won gold in both tournaments. She represented the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, where the U.S. won gold.
Nicole is currently a member of the Women’s National Team Player Pool and the Professional Women’s Hockey Player’s Association.
Nicole has had two separate stints at Lindenwood as an assistant coach. This past season she was also an on-ice practice coach for the Lady Liberty Girls Association. She oversaw player skill development. Nicole is also a goalie coach and mentors with 3E Goaltending.
She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she trains with 3E Goaltending and RIPT Hockey.
Who should work with Nicole?
Nicole is one of the best skaters in the crease. Her attention to detail, play reading, and positioning has helped make her an elite goaltender. Goalies looking to gain confidence in the crease, stop more pucks, and improve their play reading ability should work with Nicole.
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Testimonials for Nicole Hensley
I coached Nicole during the 2018-2019 Season. What stood out to me was her work ethic. She was constantly looking for ways to improve. She is very detail-oriented which will go a long way in helping teach young goaltenders.
Former NHL Center
2018-2019 Coach of the Buffalo Beauts
I had the pleasure of playing with (and against) Nicole and was able to learn a lot from her. She’s easy going but a fierce competitor and student of the game who strives to always learn. This attitude along with her unparalleled work ethic makes her an asset to anyone she comes in contact with.
-2x Olympic Gold Medalist