Hannah Brandt

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Hannah Brandt
Hannah Brandt playing for Team USA in 2017
Born (1993-11-27) November 27, 1993 (age 25)
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, USA
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Right
Former teams
Minnesota Whitecaps
Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  United States
Playing career 2012–present

Hannah Brandt (born November 27, 1993) is an American ice hockey player. She was named to the United States women's national ice hockey team which represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship. She was the winner of the 2012 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award. She debuted for the US national women's team at the 2014 4 Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

With the Hill-Murray Pioneers, she registered 59 goals and 31 assists in 26 games of the 2011-12 campaign. In 2011-12, Brandt had 22 multiple-point and 20 multiple-goal games this season. In addition, she accumulated 13 hat tricks and three six-point games. Her five-year career with the Pioneers resulted in total numbers of 192 goals and 142 assists. She committed to play at the University of Minnesota along with fellow 2012 Minnesota Ms. Hockey finalists Milica McMillen and Lee Stecklein.[2]


Brandt scored 33 goals and made 49 assists in her first season at Minnesota. Her 82 points were the second most in Division 1 for 2012-13 season, with only linemate Amanda Kessel tallying more.[3] The team had an undefeated season and won the 2013 NCAA title. Brandt was won one of ten nominees for the Patty Kazmaier Trophy and named WCHA Rookie of the Year.[4]

In her sophomore season, Brandt had the most assists in Division 1. She was the top goal scorer on her team, which reached the NCAA championship game. Brandt again lead Minnesota in goals in her junior year, and her team won the 2015 NCAA title by defeating Harvard. Brandt was named as one of three finalists for Kazmaier Trophy[5] and as WCHA Player of the Year in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

Her third period goal against Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Tournament would stand as the game-winning tally for the Golden Gophers.[6]

USA Hockey[edit]

Brandt won a gold medal with the United States national under-18 team at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation's world championships. In December 2011, she earned the opportunity to train with the U.S. national senior women's team.

She was named to the roster of the United States national women’s ice hockey team that shall compete at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship.[7]

On January 1, 2018, it was announced Brandt was selected to represent Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[8] She helped Team USA win their first gold medal since 1998,[9] and finished the tournament with 2 points in 5 games.[10]


Hannah Brandt (20) in the Whitecaps 2018-19 season opening weekend at Tria Rink

In the 2015 NWHL Draft, she was selected second overall, drafted by the Connecticut Whale.[11] On April 27, 2016, her rights were traded to the New York Riveters.[12]

On June 20, 2018, Brandt signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Whitecaps, who shall compete in the 2018–19 NWHL season.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Brandt is the only biological child of her parents Greg and Robin, respectively of German and mixed Danish-Swedish descent. She has an adopted sister, Marissa Brandt. Her parents struggled with infertility for the first 12 years of their marriage, and decided to adopt a child. They chose to adopt from South Korea in part because Greg's sister had adopted two boys from that country, and adopted an infant girl, naming her Marissa. About two weeks before Marissa was set to arrive in the U.S., the couple found out that Robin was pregnant; she gave birth to Hannah about six months after Marissa joined the family.[14]

The sisters were originally involved in figure skating as small children, but Hannah switched to hockey at age 5, with Marissa following suit a few years later. They then played on the same teams until Marissa graduated from Hill-Murray High a year before Hannah; Marissa went to NCAA Division III school Gustavus Adolphus College while Hannah went to Minnesota. Both won gold medals at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championships—Hannah for Team USA in the top division, and Marissa for South Korea in Division II (the third level) under her birth name of Park Yoon-jung.[15] The sisters played in the 2018 Winter Olympics.[14][16]

Career statistics[edit]


2012-13 41 33 49 82 16 10 2 7
2013-14 41 23 42 65 14 5 0 5
2014-15 38 32 38 70 14 4 1 5


Awards and honors[edit]

  • Minnesota High School hockey All-State selection (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Pioneer Press player of the year
  • 2012 MVP at Hill-Murray
  • 2012 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award[18]


  • Finalist, 2014 Patty Kazmaier Award
  • Top 10 Finalist, 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award
  • 2015 CCM Hockey Women's Division I All-Americans, First Team[19]


  • WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of October 25, 2012)[20]
  • WCHA Player of the Week (Week of October 28, 2014)[21]
  • 2015 WCHA Player of the Year
  • 2015 WCHA Scoring Champion


  • VEDA NWHL Player of the Week (Awarded October 8, 2018) [22]


  1. ^ "Four Nations Cup Begins Tuesday". Minnesota Golden Gophers Athletics. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Statistics". USCHO.com. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  4. ^ "Hannah Brandt Bio :: University of Minnesota :: Official Athletic Site". Gophersports.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ Christensen, Joe (2015-03-21). "Boston College's Carpenter wins women's Kazmaier Award". StarTribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
  6. ^ "Gophers Bring Home Sixth National Title :: University of Minnesota :: Official Athletic Site". Gophersports.com. 2015-03-22. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-02-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "2018 U.S. Olympic Team". teamusa.org. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Futterman, Matthew (February 22, 2018). "U.S. Beats Canada for First Women's Hockey Gold Since 1998". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hannah Brandt". teamusa.usahockey.com. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Riveters Acquire Rights to Hannah Brandt for Dana Trivigno and Draft Tax".
  13. ^ "Team USA Gold Medalists Hannah Brandt and Lee Stecklein Join NWHL's Minnesota Whitecaps". NWHL.zone. June 20, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Mizutani, Dane (May 26, 2017). "Vadnais Heights sisters headed to Olympics — for two different countries". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Blount, Rachel (July 17, 2017). "Seoul sisters: Hockey players Hannah and Marissa Brandt are chasing their Olympic dreams". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  16. ^ The Associated Press (December 24, 2017). "2 Olympic Hockey Sisters Playing for Different Nations". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "Statistics". USCHO.com. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  18. ^ Pioneer Press (February 25, 2012). "Hill-Murray's Hannah Brandt wins Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award". twincities.com. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "FOUR GOPHERS EARN ALL-AMERICAN STATUS". gophersports.com. Minneapolis. March 19, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "MSU'S MCCANN, UND'S DAGFINRUD, UM'S RÄTY & BRANDT NAMED WCHA WOMEN'S PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". wcha.com. October 24, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  21. ^ http://www.wcha.com/women/pres1415/201410/oct28wpw.pdf
  22. ^ Jane Norton and Amanda Ghysel (October 8, 2018). "Whitecaps' Star Hannah Brandt Named VEDA NWHL Player of the Week". NWHL.zone. Retrieved October 10, 2018.

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