Brooke White-Lancette’s life story is a testament to her unwavering passion for hockey. Born and raised in California, Brooke moved to Lake Placid, NY at the age of 15 to forge her path in hockey and play boys’ varsity high school hockey at Northwood Prep School. She also led the local girls’ team, the Lake Placid Rockets, to three consecutive State championships.
Brooke was a four-year starter at Northeastern University in Boston and was elected captain her senior year. Playing from 1998-2003, she earned ECAC All-Conference First Team her final three years. Her career reached new heights when she earned a spot on the U.S. National Team, representing her country in international competition.
Brooke moved to Minnesota in 2003 for the express purpose of furthering girls’ high school hockey. She went on to train some of the most successful female athletes in Minnesota to date. She and partners Winny Brodt and Jenny Potter paved the way for future athletes by co-founding a semi-pro team: the Minnesota Whitecaps, the first American women’s post collegiate program.
In 2004, she joined the Minnesota Whitecaps in the inaugural season in the Western Women’s Hockey League. She played in every Whitecaps season until the WWHL ceased operations including when the Whitecaps’ team won the 2010 Clarkson Cup.
Brooke has two sons who play the game, a husband who referees at multiple levels and also coaches at Breakaway Academy, and a bustling business training players of all ages. She’s heavily involved in Minnesota Hockey’s High Performance and Tier I Girls’ programs and is MN Hockey’s Girls’ development coordinator.
After 18 years of professional hockey, Brooke may have retired from playing, but her dedication to the sport remains unwavering. She coaches, mentors, and continues to contribute to the growth of women’s hockey, leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to follow. Her story is a testament to the power of determination and love for the game. Known for her bubbly personality and ready smile, there is still no denying that Brooke, like all women’s hockey players at a certain level, has had to work hard for her spot in the hockey world.