By STAFF REPORT
Natalie Darwitz, a three-time Olympic medalist and former Gophers standout, will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2018 class, USA Hockey announced Thursday.
Darwitz was the youngest player ever selected to the women’s national team at age 15. She won Olympic silver medals in 2002 and 2010, and a bronze in 2006. She was also a three-time IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medalist, and collected five other silver medals.
At Minnesota, Darwitz set a school record with 246 points in 99 career games. Her record still stands. Her 114 points — 42 goals, 72 assists — broke the NCAA record single-season record during her final season with the Gophers. She was a three-time All-America.
She is now women’s hockey coach at Hamline where, in the 2017-2018 season, the Pipers posted their best record in school history, going 22-5-3. They won the MIAC and finished third in the NCAA Division III tournament.
She is joined the Hall of Fame class by Red Berenson, Hago Harrington, David Poile and Paul Stewart.
Berenson was an NHL star before coaching 33 seasons at Michigan, where he won two national titles and finished with an 848-426-92 record. He was an All-America player for the Wolverines before becoming a six-time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup champion. He played 17 seasons in the NHL and had 261 goals and 397 points in 987 games for Montreal, the Rangers, St. Louis and Detroit.
Hago Harrington, who died in 1959, was a standout Massachusetts high school player before making the NHL in 1925. He is the first American-developed player to get an NHL hat trick.
Poile is the longest tenured general manager in NHL history after serving 15 seasons with Washington and 21 with Nashville.
Stewart is the first American to referee more than 1,000 NHL games.
The Hall of Fame is located in Eveleth, Minn. The induction ceremony is Dec. 12 in Nashville.