April 13, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. - USA Hockey will honor the first six members of its new 200 Club during the second intermission of tomorrow night's (April 14) gold-medal game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Club recognizes players who have played at least 200 games for the U.S. Women's National Team.
The initial group of honorees includes alumni Natalie Darwitz, Cammi Granato, Katie King Crowley and Angela Ruggiero, along with current players Julie Chu and Jenny Potter.
"Earning the opportunity to compete for your country on a national team just once is an extremely special honor," said Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey. "To play in 200 games or more is a remarkable accomplishment and we're extremely pleased to honor the first six players of this prestigious club tomorrow during the gold-medal game."
Darwitz, a three-time Olympian, competed in eight IIHF Women's World Championships. In 13 years with the U.S. Women's National Team Program, she recorded 245 points (117-128), second all-time in the program.
Granato, a two-time Olympian, played 205 games and is the program's all-time points leader with 343 (186-157). Granato was the captain of the gold-medal winning team at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. She competed in nine IIHF Women's World Championships.
Crowley, who competed in six IIHF Women's World Championships, was with the U.S. Women's National Team Program from 1997-2008. The three-time Olympian tallied 146 goals and 119 assists for 265 points in 210 games.
Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian who retired in December, has worn the Team USA jersey in 256 games. She competed 16 years for the United States and has played more games in a Team USA uniform than any other ice hockey player in the country's history. In total, she finished her career with the U.S. Women's National Team Program having recorded 208 points on 67 goals and 141 assists.
Chu, a three-time Olympian, is the current captain of the U.S. Women's National team. She has been a part of the U.S. Women's National Team Program since 1999. Competing in her eighth IIHF Women's World Championship, Chu has tallied 63 goals and 111 assists for 174 points in 214 games for Team USA.
Potter, a four-time Olympian, and currently an alternate captain of the U.S. Women's National Team, is competing in her 10th IIHF Women's World Championship. She is in her 15th year with Team USA and currently has recorded 241 points (102-139) in 208 games.
NOTES: The U.S. Women's National Team Program has included 141 players since 1990 ... Thirteen members from past U.S. Women's National Teams will be in the crowd Friday and Saturday including: Michele Amidon, Caitlin Cahow, Colleen Coyne, Meghan Duggan, Kelly Dyer, Sam Faber, Sarah (Hood) Fraser, Jamie Hagerman, Courtney Kennedy, Katie King, Jessica Koizumi, Shelley Looney and Angela Ruggiero ... Team USA is 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) through the preliminary round of the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship and will face Switzerland in the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at Gutterson Fieldhouse in Burlington, Vt. ... Team USA has won four gold medals and nine silvers in the 13 previous IIHF Women's World Championships.