Jenny Schmidgall-Potter

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Jenny Schmidgall-Potter
Jenny Potter at 2010 Winter Olympics US Women's Hockey press event.jpg
Potter in January 2010
Born (1979-01-12) January 12, 1979 (age 35)
Edina, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
WCHA
WWHL team
Minnesota–Duluth
Minnesota Whitecaps
National team  United States
Playing career 1998–present

Jenny Schmidgall-Potter (born January 12, 1979) is an American ice hockey player. She is a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics, silver medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics, and a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Currently, she plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women's Hockey League, where she won the league championship and was named MVP for the 2008-09 season. She was selected to the 2010 US Olympic team and was the only mother on the team.[1]

Playing career[edit]

NCAA[edit]

Her NCAA career included three years at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and one year at the University of Minnesota. Potter set an NCAA record (since tied) for most goals in one game with 6. This was accomplished on December 18, 2002 versus St. Cloud State.[2] Potter is the all-time leading scorer in Bulldogs history and was named to the WCHA All-Decade team in 2009.[3] She was a four-time All-American. On January 21, 2011, Jenny Potter, along with Bulldog alumni Caroline Ouellette and Maria Rooth took part in a ceremonial faceoff to mark the first ever game at Amsoil Arena.[4]

Team USA[edit]

Schmidgall-Potter has been on the US Women’s team since 1997, competing at three Winter Olympics, and at seven World Championships, winning gold medals in 2005, 2008, and 2009, and four silver medals in 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2007. As a 19 year old, Schmidgall-Potter was the second youngest player on the 1998 U.S. Olympic Team.[5] In 1999, she led the U.S. in scoring at the IIHF Women’s World Championships with 12 points in five games as the U.S. won the Silver Medal. By winning the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics, Potter became the most decorated Olympic medalist in Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs hockey history.[6]

Minnesota Whitecaps[edit]

With the Minnesota Whitecaps, Potter was part of the first US based team to win the Clarkson Cup.[7] With the Clarkson Cup victory, Potter became an unofficial member of the Triple Gold Club (women are not yet recognized by the IIHF), as she became one of only three women to win the Clarkson Cup, a gold medal in ice hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and a gold medal at the IIHF women's world hockey championships.

Career stats[edit]

Event Games Played Goals Assists Points +/-
1998 Olympics 6 2 3 5 +2
2002 Olympics 5 1 6 7 +6
2006 Olympics 5 2 7 9 +10
2010 Olympics 3 6 3 9 +7

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WWHL[edit]

Season GP G A Pts PIM GW PPL SHG
2006-07 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 20 8 26 34 14 1 0 1
2008-09 16 16 19 35 16 3 2 3
2010-11 6 2 7 9 4 0 0 0

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Directorate Award, Best Forward, 1999 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships[10]
  • Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year, 2000[11]
  • All-WCHA First Team, 2000
  • Led NCAA in scoring, 2000, (41 goals, 52 assists, 93 points) [12]
  • WCHA Team of the Decade (2000’s) [13]
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Media All-Star Team[14]
  • Triple Gold Club (unofficial)
  • 2010 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award)[15]

Personal[edit]

Schmidgall-Potter was married in 2001 and is now a mother of 2. She took off the 2000-2001 season to give birth to her first child, daughter Madison. She delivered her second child, son Cullen in 2007. Jenny Schmidgall-Potter is from Edina High School in Minnesota. With her husband, Rob Potter, she runs a summer training camp called "Potter’s Pure Hockey."

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