October 13, 1983|
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Minnesota Golden Gophers|
|National team||United States|
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.
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. She was also 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's, 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).
On August 2, 2011, she announced her new position as the head coach of the Lakeville South High School girls' ice hockey team. The Lakeville South Cougars finished the 2011/2012 season with a record of 21-1-6. and the 2012/2013 season with a record of 16-2-9. She is now the Head Coach of the Hamline University Women's hockey team. They finished the 2017/2018 season by going to the frozen four and placing 3rd overall across the nation.
She is the youngest of three children (Nikki and Ryan); her parents are Scott and Nancy.
She finished her three-season collegiate career as the University of Minnesota's (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) career points (246) and assists (144) leader. She 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 (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
- 2005 Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award - awarded by USA Hockey
- 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 (2000s)
|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|
|2007||United States Four Nations Team||Nat-Tm||4||1||2||3|
|2007||United States World Championship Team||Nat-Tm||5||4||5||9|
|2008||United States Four Nations Team||Nat-Tm||4||3||1||4|
- Natalie Darwitz at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Natalie Darwitz - Biography from US Olympic Team.com
- Natalie Darwitz Photo from US Olympic Media Summit Sept 2009
- The Women's Hockey Web
- Müller, Stephan : International Ice Hockey Encyclopedia 1904-2005 / BoD GmbH Norderstedt, 2005 ISBN 3-8334-4189-5
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2017-12-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Annual Awards - Through the Years". USA Hockey. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- http://www.wcha.com/about/wcha-about.html[permanent dead link]
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)
| IIHF World Women's Championships Best Forward
Hayley Wickenheiser (2009)
Krissy Wendell (2006)
| Captain, United States Olympic Hockey Team