Gretchen Ulion

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Gretchen Ulion
Born (1972-05-04) May 4, 1972 (age 46)
Marlborough, Connecticut, U.S.
Height 5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg; 9 st 4 lb)
Position Forward
ECAC team Dartmouth
National team  United States
Playing career 1990–1998

Gretchen A. Ulion (born May 4, 1972) [1] is an American ice hockey player. She won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics. At Dartmouth College, she was and is still today the Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey program's all-time leading scorer with 189 goals and 312 points,[2] served as the captain of the Dartmouth Big Green during the 1993-94 season,[3] and was twice the Ivy League Player of the Year.[4]

In the gold medal game at the 1998 Winter Olympics, Ulion scored the first goal of the game.[5] It was also the first ever goal scored in an Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal game. Ulion was featured on the Wheaties box in 1998.[6]

Along with the rest of the 1998 gold medal-winning team, Ulion was admitted to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.[7] She also received a Gold Key from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance on April 29, 2018.[8]

In addition to serving as a U18 instructor and motivational speaker for USA Hockey,[9][10] Ulion is the head of the girls' hockey program at the Taft School, where she also teaches math and works in the admissions office.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 1990, Ulion graduated from The Loomis Chaffee School, where she played hockey under long-time coach Chuck Vernon.

Ulion married Steven Silverman on July 11, 1998,[12] and is now known as Gretchen Silverman.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2011-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Women's hockey pioneer Ulion-Silverman to be honored with a Gold Key – The Collinsville Press". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  5. ^ IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time, p.52, Szymon Szenberg and Andrew Podnieks, 2008, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4
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  7. ^ "1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  8. ^ "Women's hockey pioneer Ulion-Silverman to be honored with a Gold Key – The Collinsville Press". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  9. ^ "Profile - Taft School". Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ (2016-08-11). "Ulion-Silverman Continues to Impact Women's Hockey in U.S." Team USA Hockey. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  11. ^ "Profile - Taft School". Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  12. ^ "When Jet Lag Ends, Stories Begin". tribunedigital-thecourant. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

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