Natalie Darwitz file
Lives: Prior Lake
In high school: As a seventh-grader, her Eagan High School girls’ hockey team reached the 1997 state tournament’s title game. Scored 487 points in 102 career games before she left to play for the U.S. national team after her 10th-grade season.
National team: Debuted with the U.S. team when she was 15, won silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games and bronze at the 2006 Olympics. Scored seven goals in the 2002 Salt Lake Games, captained the 2010 team in Vancouver and won three world championships as well.
Gophers experience: Three-time All-America at the University of Minnesota, won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005. Remains the Gophers’ third-leading career scorer.
Fifth woman inducted: Joins U.S. national teammates Cammi Granato, Karyn Bye Dietz and Angela Ruggiero as one of five women — and first from Minnesota — inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minn. Providence College’s Cindy Curley, a U.S. team player from 1987 to 1996, is the other female member.
Behind the bench: Started as an assistant coach under her father, Scott, at Eagan. Coached Lakeville South to the state tournament before Hamline hired her as women’s hockey coach in 2015. The Pipers won nine games her first season, 12 her second and 22 her third, when they reached the Division III Final Four and finished third. The Pipers have started this season 8-1-1.
Watch the speech: The Hall of Fame inductee speeches are expected to be streamed live on ushockeyhallofame.com starting about 8:40 p.m.