Natalie Darwitz

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Natalie Darwitz
Natalie Darwitz 2010.jpg
Born (1983-10-13) October 13, 1983 (age 33)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  United States
Playing career 1998–2010
Website Official Site

Natalie Rose Darwitz (born October 13, 1983) is an American ice hockey player. Natalie was the Captain of the US Women's National Team for several seasons beginning with the 2007-08 season. She has won three World Championships since 2005 and has two Olympic Silver medals and one Bronze medal in Women's Ice Hockey for the US.

Career biography[edit]

Darwitz began skating at the age of five, and was a veteran of ten years on the US National Team. She competed in two Olympics, leading the 2002 Olympics in goal scoring and scoring the game-winning assist in the bronze-medal game in the 2006 Games. In three years of NCAA Hockey at her alma mater, Minnesota, she won back-to-back national championships, scored the championship goal in her final game with 1:08 to go versus Harvard (4-3), won the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship Frozen Four, was named US Women's Player of the Year) and competed in an additional three IIHF Women's World Championship.

At the '08 Worlds, Darwitz led the tournament in scoring and was named the Best Forward in the World by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Additionally, Darwitz was awarded the Bob Johnson Award by USA Hockey as the best male or female player representing the United States in international play.

In August ‘08, Darwitz was named Assistant Coach of her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, women's ice hockey team. At the conclusion of the 08-09 NCAA campaign, she left to return as a full-time member of the US National Team.

Darwitz was the second leading scorer at the 2009 IIHF tournament with 10 points (three goals, seven assists).[1]

On August 2, 2011, she announced her new position as the head coach of the Lakeville South High School girls' ice hockey team.[2] The Lakeville South Cougars finished the 2011/2012 season with a record of 21-1-6.[3] and the 2012/2013 season with a record of 16-2-9.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She is the youngest of three children (Nikki and Ryan), her parents are Scott and Nancy.

Collegiate biography[edit]

Finished her three-season collegiate career as the University of Minnesota’s (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) career points (246) and assists (144) leader. Was a three-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and a three-time All-American.

As a Junior (2004–05): Set an NCAA single-season record with 114 points[5] (42-72) in 40 games … Led the nation in points per game (2.85) and assists (72) … Set a tournament record with nine points (3-6) in two games at the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four … In the final game, scored the go-ahead goal with under a minute remaining to give Minnesota its second straight national title … Named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and garnered All-America First Team honors … Top-three finalist for the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

As a Sophomore (2003–04): All- America Second Team selection … 2004 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist … First Team All-WCHA selection … Named to the WCHA All-Academic and Academic All-Big Ten teams … Tied for second on the team in points (64), despite missing 10 games with an injury … Second in goals (27) and assists (37)… Had a WCHA-best 28 power-play points (10-18) … Three-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Named to the WCHA All-Tournament Team … Scored her fourth hat trick of the season to lead the team to victory in the national title game … Named to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.

As a Freshman (2002–03): All-America First Team selection … 2003 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist … WCHA Rookie of the Year … Team scoring leader (33-35–68) … First-Team All-WCHA selection and WCHA All-Rookie honoree..

Accomplishments and notes[edit]

  • 2005 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award - Awarded by USA Hockey[6]
  • 2005 NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player
  • 2002 Winter Olympic All Tournament Team - Voted on by the International Ice Hockey Federation
  • WCHA Team of the Decade (2000's) [7]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season  
Season Team League GP G A Pts
1998 United States Three Nations Cup Nat-Tm 4 0 0 0
1999 United States Under-22 Series Nat-Tm 3 1 0 1
1999 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 2 1 3
2000 United States Under -22 Series Nat-Tm 3 0 1 1
2000 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 2 6 8
2000-01 United States Women's National Team Nat-Tm 32 17 18 35
2001 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 3 1 4
2001-02 United States Visa Skate to Salt Lake Team Nat-Tm 30 17 21 38
2002 United States Olympic Team - Salt Lake City Nat-Tm 5 7 1 8
2002-03 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA 33 33 35 68
2003 United States Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 2 1 3
2003 United States Under -22 Team Nat-Tm 3 2 3 5
2003-04 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA 26 27 37 64
2004 United States Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 1 3 4
2004 United States Under -22 Team Nat-Tm 3 0 2 2
2004 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 7 3 10
2004-05 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA 40 42 72 114
2005 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 2 2 4
2005-06 United States Hilton Family Skate Team Nat-Tm 18 9 7 16
2006 United States Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 3 6 9
2006 United States Olympic Team - Torino Nat-Tm 5 3 3 6
2006-07 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL 13 11 10 21
2007 United States Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 1 2 3
2007 United States World Championship Team Nat-Tm 5 4 5 9
2007-08 Minnesota Whitecaps WWHL 7 4 7 11
2008 United States Four Nations Team Nat-Tm 4 3 1 4

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Preceded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)
IIHF World Women's Championships Best Forward
2008
Succeeded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2009)
Preceded by
Krissy Wendell (2006)
Captain, United States Olympic Hockey Team
2010
Succeeded by
Unknown (2014)