Sunday, February 15, 2009

Katie King

three time Ivy League Player of the Year at Brown University, where she is still the program's all time leading scorer with 206 points in 100 games while earning a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management.

She skated with the American national team for 12 seasons. Highlighting her time there was a gold (1998), silver and bronze medal achieved. She retired as the highest American scorer of all time at the Olympics with 23 points in three tournaments.

She also retired as the second highest American player in all international competitions, scoring 265 points in 210 games from 1997-2006. In that time she played in 6 world championships, winning 1 gold (2005) and 5 silver medals.

I will always remember King's performance in the gold medal game at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. The Americans were upset and not in the gold medal game against Canada as everyone expected. Instead they were playing for bronze against Finland.

The Americans could have come out dejected and played a poor game, but King would not allow it. She knew this was likely her last Olympic game, and she was determined to win, scoring a hat trick in pacing the Americans to a 4-0 win.

A natural athlete (she was also a MVP softball pitcher at Brown and a star field hockey and basketball player in high school), King wanted to give back so she turned to coaching women's hockey even before she retired. She became an assistant coach at Boston College for two years, taking over the head job after a sex scandal involving head coach Tom Mutch and one of his players.

Despite the scandal, King was able to get the program back on track, and quickly was recognized as one of the top women coaches in the country. Soon she was being asked to help coach at national team level.

1 comment:

Alex Phillips said...

Love her my favorite hockey player

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