Former University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs forward Haley Irwin, Feb 26, 2011
June 6, 1988 |
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
|CWHL team||Montreal Stars (2012-13)
Calgary Inferno (2014-)
Haley Irwin (born June 6, 1988) was a member of the 2009–10 Hockey Canada national women's team, the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) and played for the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in the NCAA. Of note, she served as Canada's captain in a gold-medal winning effort at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Irwin grew up playing boys hockey until she was 16 and was the first girl to make a AAA-level boys team in Thunder Bay, ON. After moving to women’s hockey, she made Canada's national Under-22 team. Irwin was part of the gold medal winning Ontario Red squad at the January 2005 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Salmon Arm, B.C. Irwin won the PWHL championship and OWHA provincial championship in 2005 and 2006 with the Toronto Jr. Aeros. She captained the undefeated 2005–06 team and was named the Aeros MVP in both 2004–05 and 2005–06. During the 2005–06 season, she finished third in league scoring with the Aeros.
She won a bronze medal with Team Ontario 1 at the 2007 Esso Women’s Nationals in Salmon Arm, BC. Other accomplishments include winning a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2005 Esso Women’s Nationals in Sarnia, ON. At the January 2005 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Salmon Arm, BC, she won a gold medal with Team Ontario Red. She won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst, NB. One of her teammates with Team Ontario was Meghan Agosta.
Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach and former Canadian Olympic coach Shannon Miller recruited Irwin for UMD. When Irwin arrived in the fall of 2007 for her first season with the Bulldogs, she came in with more of an offensive game. She was not killing penalties and there were issues with her off-ice training and her weight. Miller made her fill out training logs, journaling all her workouts and her meals.
For the 2007–08 season, Irwin led UMD and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in scoring, was the league's Rookie of the Year and had the most points per game of any female U.S. college hockey player. For her effort, she was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and to the WCHA First All-Star, WCHA All-Rookie and WCHA All-Tournament teams.
She scored the game-winning goal to help UMD win the 2008 NCAA Division I national championship. The goal was vs. University of Wisconsin goaltender and Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jessie Vetter. At UMD, Irwin benefitted from two Olympic hockey players who were assistant coaches: Canada's Caroline Ouellette and Team USA's Julie Chu.
During a second season at UMD, Irwin scored 22 goals and 44 points in 39 games as the Bulldogs advanced to another NCAA Frozen Four tournament. She was named to the All-WCHA Team, ranked third in UMD scoring and second in goals scored. Irwin led all Bulldog sophomores in goals, points and power play goals.
On December 3 and 4, 2010, Haley Irwin had a hand in every one of her teams’ seven goals versus St. Cloud State. For her efforts, she was recognized as the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Dec 7, 2010. In both games against the Huskies, she had a total of three goals and four assists. She notched two assists, 12 shots on net and was +2 in a 2–2 tie on December 3. The following day, Irwin posted an assist on the first goal (which was also the game-winning goal) before she scored three straight goals and had a natural hat-trick. The hat-trick was Irwin’s third of the season and was followed with an assist on the Bulldogs' fifth goal. Irwin recorded ten shots and was +2 in the game. At the conclusion of the series, Irwin became the WCHA leader in scoring and ranked No. 2 in the NCAA with a point per game average of 2.29 (32 points: 17 goals, 15 assists in 14 games).
On September 7, 2011, it was announced that Irwin was appointed one of two team captains for the 2011–12 Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey season. In a 7–1 victory over MSU-Mankato on February 18, 2012, Irwin netted the 200th point of her NCAA career. She became the sixth Bulldog to score 200 career points as she registered a power play goal in the first period.
Named to 2014 Olympic roster for Canada. After her freshman season at UMD, Irwin played in two more international competitions with Canada's Under-22 team. At the 2009 IIHF Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, she had two goals and three assists in five games for Canada in its silver medal performance. In addition, Irwin won gold at the Four Nations Cup. After her appearance on Canada's 2009 silver medal winning World Championship team, she was invited to centralize for six months in Calgary along with 25 other players and try for one of the 21 spots on the 2010 Olympic team. During the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver, Irwin scored on a penalty shot during Canada's 10–2 victory over Finland on September 1, 2009. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Irwin played five games, scoring four goals and one assist. In the gold medal game, Canada defeated the United States 2–0 to win their third consecutive gold. In the first game of the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Irwin scored two goals in a 16–0 victory over Switzerland. In the third game of the tournament, she scored two goals in an 11–0 shutout over Slovakia.
Canadian Women's Hockey League
Irwin was selected by the Brampton Thunder in the first round of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) draft held on July 14, 2012 in Mississauga, Ontario, the third player drafted overall. She relocated to Montreal and was transferred to the Montreal Stars. She would appear with the club in the finals of the 2013 Clarkson Cup. In the summer of 2014, she was traded to the Calgary Inferno for future considerations.
Awards and honors
- 2007–08 WCHA Rookie of the Year
- 2007–08 All-WCHA First Team
- 2007–08 All-WCHA Rookie Team.
- 2008–09 All-WCHA Third Team
- 2008–09 Finalist, WCHA Pre-season Most Valuable Player
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week, Week of February 18, 2009
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week Week of December 7, 2010 
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of December 7, 2010) 
- 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of December 7, 2011)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of February 22, 2012)
- Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PPG = Power Play Goals; SHG = Shorthanded Goals
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- Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 144, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
- "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
- Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p. 18, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6.