Krissy Wendell-Pohl

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Krissy Wendell-Pohl
Born (1981-09-12) September 12, 1981 (age 32)
Brooklyn Park, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
WCHA team Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  United States
Playing career 1999–2007
Olympic medal record
Women's ice hockey
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Team competition
Bronze 2006 Turin Team competition

Krissy Wendell (born September 12, 1981 in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota) is an American women's ice hockey player. During the 2004-05 season, Krissy Wendell set an NCAA record (since tied) for most shorthanded goals in one season with 7.[1] Upon leaving the University team, Krissy held the career record for most shorthanded goals with 16. Both marks have been equaled by Meghan Agosta. Wendell is currently in the Top 10 all-time NCAA scoring with 237 career points.

Playing career[edit]

While attending Park Center Senior High School, she led the Girls Hockey Team to a State Championship. When she graduated from high school, Krissy Wendell was the state of Minnesota's all time leading girls' high school scorer [2] She went on to be one of the stars on the American national women's hockey team and served as their team captain. She was also a co-captain of the University of Minnesota Gophers women's hockey team. She is a forward, and has scored 133 points in two seasons (2002–2003, 2003–2004) for the Gophers. Wendell scored the game-winning goal in the 2005 WCHA championship game against Wisconsin. She followed that with a hat trick against ECAC champion Harvard. She was the NCAA runner-up in the scoring race to Gophers teammate Natalie Darwitz with 98 points. She did manage to lead the NCAA in short handed goals with seven. She won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005 for best female collegiate hockey player. Krissy Wendell became the first player from Minnesota, and the first from the WCHA to win the Patty Kazmaier Award.[3]

She made her debut with the U.S. National Team at the Three Nations Cup in 1998.[4] At the 2005 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships, Wendell led all players in scoring with 9 points as the USA won its first gold medal at the women's world championships. She was chosen to represent the United States in the XX Olympic Winter Games.


In 1994 Wendell was the fifth girl to play in the Little League Baseball World Series, and the first to start at the catcher position[5] (first girl starter at any position) in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Wendell was also featured on the Nickelodeon game show, Figure it Out, when she was 16. She married forward John Pohl on August 11, 2007, in Roseville, Minnesota.[6]


  • 2000 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award
  • 2000 Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international competition (awarded at the USA Hockey Annual Congress)
  • 2001 USA Hockey player of the year[7]
  • 2002 Olympic Silver Medal
  • 2003, 2004 NCAA D1 W. Ice Hockey Champion
  • 2004 Little League Hall of Excellence[8]
  • 2004 Most outstanding player award in the NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey Tournament
  • 2005 Patty Kazmaier Award[9]
  • 2005 USA Hockey Bob Johnson Award[10]
  • 2005 Most Valuable Player, Women's World Hockey Championships[11]
  • 2006 Olympic Bronze Medal
  • 2007 All-Star, Women's World Hockey Championships[12]


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  2. ^ Albert Chen (2 December 2002). "Hot Stuff". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Laura Halldorson". Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Notable Women’s Hockey Players". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Little League World Series Alumni Chris Drury and Krissy Wendell Lead U.S. Hockey Teams into Torino Winter Olympics". Little League Online. February 22, 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  6. ^,,20051231,00.html
  7. ^ "Annual Awards - Through the Years". USA Hockey. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Excellence". Little League Online. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Annual Awards - Through the Years". USA Hockey. Retrieved 24 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.545, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  12. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.545, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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Preceded by
Cammi Granato (2002)
Captain, United States Olympic Hockey Team
Succeeded by
Natalie Darwitz (2010)
Preceded by
Jennifer Botterill (2004)
IIHF World Women's Championships Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)
Preceded by
Angela Ruggiero (2004)
Patty Kazmaier Award
Succeeded by
Sara Bauer (2006)