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Brooklyn Park native, Olympian Krissy Wendell named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Updated: September 05, 2019 04:34 PM

She's won high school and NCAA championships, Olympic and international medals, and numerous individual honors. Now, Krissy Wendell can add another accomplishment to her resume:

U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer.

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Wendell, the former Gophers and Olympic star and one of the most-decorated players in Minnesota history, will be one of five 2019 inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, USA Hockey announced Wednesday.

Wendell joins NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, former Boston College and New Jersey Devils star Brian Gionta, Washington, D.C., hockey organizer Neal Henderson, and former Vermont and Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the hall's Class of 2019. 

The induction celebration will be Dec. 12 in Washington.

Wendell, a Brooklyn Park native, led the Gophers to two NCAA championships and was the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Award winner as college hockey's best women's player. A three-time All-America selection and two-time WCHA Player of the Year, Wendell had 106 goals and 131 assists in 101 games with the Gophers.

In international play, Wendell played for Team USA in two Winter Olympics, earning a silver medal in 2002 and serving as captain and capturing bronze in 2006. She led the United States to its first world championships gold medal in 2005 as tournament MVP.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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