Former Minnesota star and three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz agreed to become women's hockey coach at Hamline.

Hamline announced the hiring Monday.

Darwitz was a three-time All-America at Minnesota and is the Gophers' all-time leader in points with 246.

Darwitz also has represented the United States in three Olympics, eight world tournaments and 10 Four Nations Cup events. She has been a captain of several of those teams, a member of five gold-medal winning teams and, in 2005, was named Woman Player of the Year by USA Hockey.

Darwitz was a Gophers assistant for two seasons before taking the head job at Lakeville South four years ago. This year, she guided the Cougars to a 24-6-1 record and their first berth in the Minnesota Class AA girls hockey state tournament.

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