Karyn Bye-Dietz

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Karyn Bye-Dietz
Born (1971-05-18) May 18, 1971 (age 44)
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 in River Falls, Wisconsin) 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]

Karyn 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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