Sarah Potomak

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Sarah Potomak
Born (1997-12-19) December 19, 1997 (age 20)
Aldergrove, British Columbia
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg; 10 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
WCHA team Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  Canada
Playing career 2015–present

Sarah Potomak (born December 19, 1997) is a Canadian ice hockey player that competed with the Under 18 Canadian national women's hockey team. She made her debut with the Canada women's national ice hockey team at the 2015 4 Nations Cup, being held from November 4–8 in Sundsvall, Sweden.[1] Along with her sister Amy Potomak, they are the first sister duo named to the roster of Canada's national women's ice hockey team.[2] The two played together in a two-game series against the United States national women's ice hockey team in December 2016.

Playing career[edit]

Along with fellow British Columbia resident Micah Hart, Potomak was invited to participate in the IIHF’s 2013 Women’s High Performance Camp in Sheffield, England.[3] Potomak and Hart were also members of Team BC that competed at the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Women’s U18 National Hockey Championships.

She was a member of Team BC’s women’s ice hockey team, playing alongside her sister Amy Potomak, at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.[4] Team BC would finish the event in sixth place.


Potomak made her debut for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a September 25, 2015 exhibition match against the Minnesota Whitecaps logging two assists on goals scored by Hannah Brandt as the squad prevailed by a 5-4 tally.[5]

Her regular season debut took place on October 1, 2015 in a 2-0 win against Penn State. Potomak scored an empty net goal, for the first goal of her NCAA career.[6] In a two-game sweep of St. Cloud State on October 9–10, 2015, Potomak accumulated two goals and four assists. In the second game against St. Cloud, she logged the first multi-goal game of her NCAA career.[7]

An 11-1 win against the MSU-Mankato Mavericks in November 2015 saw Potomak tie the program record for most points in one game. She would register a seven point output consisting two goals and five assists.[8] Potomak was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd segment for the week of December 14, 2015.[9]



Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2015-16 Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA 38 15 39 54 6
2016-17 (in progress) Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA 14 11 14 25 0
NCAA Totals 52 26 53 79 6

Statistics source[10]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Top Forward, 2012 Canadian U18 Nationals

Hockey Canada[edit]

  • Leading scorer, 2014 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships
  • IIHF Directorate Award, Top Forward, 2015 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships
  • Most Valuable Player, 2015 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships[11]
  • Media All-Star Team, 2015 IIHF World Women's U18 Championships


  • 2015-16 WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year
  • WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of October 13, 2015)[7]
  • WCHA Player of the Week (Recognized for games of October 14–15, 2016) [12]
  • WCHA Player of the Month (October 2016) [13]
  • 2016 Women's Hockey Commissioners Association National Rookie of the Year Award[14]
  • 2016 WCHA Rookie of the Year honors[15]
  • Most Outstanding Player Award, 2016 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Tournament


Her brother, Brandon Potomak is a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. He captured a gold medal in ice hockey at the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Younger sister Amy has committed to attend the University of Minnesota for the 2017-18 season.


  1. ^ "Canada's National Women's Team roster named for 2015 4 Nations Cup". 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  2. ^ "B.C. sisters bringing the 'Potomagic' to Team Canada". British Columbia. 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ "BC Hockey, 2013-14 Year in Review (Page 3)" (PDF). BC Hockey. n.d. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Participant – Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games". Canada Winter Games. n.d. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Hockey Game Box Score (Final) : Minnesota Whitecaps vs #1 Minnesota (Sep 25, 2015 at Minneapolis, Minn.)" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  6. ^ "University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site - Women's Ice Hockey". Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  7. ^ a b "Potomak Named WCHA Rookie of the Week - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Potomak's seven points lead Gophers' women's hockey in rout over MSU Mankato". Star Tribune. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Faces in the Crowd: December 14, 2015, Edited by Alexandra Fenwick". Sports Illustrated. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Potomak: Career Statistics". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  11. ^ "Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team takes silver medal at 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship". 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  13. ^ "UMN'S POTOMAK, UND'S SHAW AND UW'S NORBY NAMED WCHA WOMEN'S PLAYERS OF THE MONTH". 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  14. ^ "Minnesota's Potomak Is Chosen Women's National Rookie of the Year". 2016-03-17. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  15. ^ "WCHA ANNOUNCES 2015-16 POSTSEASON AWARDS". 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

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