Karyn Bye-Dietz

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Karyn Bye-Dietz
Born (1971-05-18) May 18, 1971 (age 45)
River Falls, WI, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11 st 11 lb)
Position Forward
ECAC team New Hampshire Wildcats (1989-1993)
National team  United States
Playing career 1989–2002

Karyn Lynn Bye-Dietz (born May 18, 1971) is a retired ice hockey player. She was the alternate captain of the 1998 Winter Olympics gold-medal winning United States Women's Hockey Team.

In 1998, she was featured on a Wheaties box. She entered the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2011.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born May 18, 1971 in River Falls, Wisconsin, Karen Bye played for the River Falls Wildcats Boys High School Hockey team under the name of K.L. Bye as she did while growing up. The 1987-88 season she was the second leading scorer on the team with 7 goals and 11 assists.


Bye played for the New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey program. She scored 164 points in 87 games for the Wildcats.

USA Hockey[edit]

Karyn Bye led the '98 Olympic team in Nagano with five goals in six games. She tied Cammi Granato and two others for the scoring lead with eight points.[1] On December 16, 2010, she was selected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Class of 2011.[2]


She has worked for the Minnesota Wild in its grassroots program. Bye teaches fitness classes at her local YMCA. Currently, she is also a color commentator for the Minnesota Girls State High School Hockey Tournament.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1995 Concordia University Fittest Female Athlete [3]
  • 1995 and 1998 USA Hockey Women 's Player of the Year Award (also known as the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year award) [4]
  • She was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame in 1998

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