Molly Engstrom

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Molly Engstrom
Molly Engstrom (cropped).jpg
Born (1983-03-01) March 1, 1983 (age 35)
Siren, Wisconsin, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NWHL team
Former teams
Connecticut Whale
Brampton Thunder
National team  United States
Playing career 2001–present

Molly Marie Engstrom (born March 1, 1983) is an American ice hockey player of Swedish descent who currently plays for the Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League. Before her professional career, Engstrom played for the United States women's national ice hockey team, where she won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She played for the women's team at Culver Girls Academy.

Playing career[edit]

In high school, she participated in track and field and golf. In her sophomore year, Engstrom won the Wisconsin state discus title.[1]

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

In her senior year at Wisconsin, Engstrom served as one of two undergraduate assistant coaches. The other coach was future Olympian Carla Macleod. Engstrom and Macleod assisted coach Mark Johnson with analysis of game footage.[1]

Brampton Thunder[edit]

  • March 23, 2008: Engstrom was part of the Brampton Thunder team that won the first Championship of the CWHL. Molly Engstrom scored the game-winning goal as the Thunder beat the Mississauga Chiefs by a score of 4-3 in overtime.[2]
  • February 14, 2009: Engstrom took part in the Calgary Oval X-Treme's game against the U.S. Selects in the final game of the EnCana sponsored 4 game Battle of the Border women's hockey tournament. Her teammates included Carla McLeod, Colleen Sostorics, Chanda Gunn. The U.S. Selects won the game by a score of 3 to 2 but the Oval X-Treme won the series 3 games to 1.[3]
  • March 2010: Engstrom competed with the Brampton Thunder in the finals of the 2010 Clarkson Cup.

USA Hockey[edit]

Engstrom was a member of the 2006 US Olympic Hockey Team that won a bronze medal. In addition, Engstrom was a five-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship. At the Worlds, Engstrom captured the Gold in 2005, 2008 and 09, and the silver in 2004 and 2007. She was named the IIHF World Championships top defenseman in 2007.[4] She was also a two-time member of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team in 2003 and 2004. Engstrom was also a seven-time USA Hockey Women's National Festival participant (2002–05, 2007–09).[5]

Connecticut Whale[edit]

On August 18, 2015, it was announced that Engstrom had signed a contract with the Connecticut Whale of the professional National Women's Hockey League for the 2015-16 season.[6]

Career stats[edit]

Season Games played Goals Assists Points PPG
2001-02 35 6 9 15 4
2002-03 33 4 10 14 3
2003-04 34 5 19 24 2
2004-05 38 13 19 26 11


Awards and honors[edit]

  • Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Media All-Star Team
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Directorate Award, Best Defenseman[8]
  • Clarkson Cup Top Defender, 2010
  • CWHL Central All-Stars, 2007–08
  • CWHL All-Rookie Team, 2007–08
  • 2004-05 All Second Team[9]
  • 2004 Badger Award[10]

Molly Engstrom Award[edit]

The Molly Engstrom Award was introduced in 2011. The criteria for the award are for the "Overall Defensive Player of the Year". The award is presented by Wisconsin Prep Hockey to a female ice hockey player from Wisconsin prep school and coaches are asked to nominate a player from their respective team. A list of winners includes:

Year Winner Team
2011 Josie Johnson [11] Sun Prairie Co-op Cougars
2012 Paige Johnson Marshfield Tigers
2013 Paige Johnson Marshfield Tigers


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Angela Ruggiero (2004, 2005)
IIHF World Women's Championships Best Defender
Succeeded by
Angela Ruggiero (2008)