Seven Women's Hockey Alumni Inducted Into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Aug. 27, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame recently announced that the inaugural women's hockey team from 1998 will be inducted as a member of the class of 2009. Providence College holds the distinct honor of having the largest contingent represented on the gold medal winning team.

The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team had a powerful impact on the growth of girls' and women's hockey in the United States thanks to the success it enjoyed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The team twice defeated arch-rival Canada, including a 3-1 count in the gold-medal game, en route to winning the first gold medal presented in women's ice hockey at an Olympic Winter Games.

Leading Team USA from Providence was a contingent of some of the all-time great Friar skaters.

Cammi Granato - Class of 1993 - Granato captained the `98 team and competed in the 2002 Olympic Games as well. She finished her career as Team USA's all-time leading scorer with 343 points from 1990-2005. In 2008, she was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as an individual, becoming the first woman to achieve the prestigious honor. She was named ECAC Player of the Year three consecutive seasons (91-93) at Providence and made the ECAC All-Star team all four years. Granato led the Friars to two ECAC Championship titles and finished her career with an amazing 256 points, the most any women's ice hockey player has recorded at the College. She is also the leader for single-season points with 84 (1992-93), goals with 48 (1991-92), and assists with 43 (1992-93). She is the all-time leading goal scorer at Providence College with an impressive 139 career tallies and ranks second all-time in assists with 117.

Chris Bailey - Class of 1994 - Along with the 1998 Olympic Team, Bailey competed in the 2002 Olympics and four World Championships. During her impressive career at PC, she played for three consecutive ECAC Championship teams (`92, `93, `94) and finished with 27 goals and 49 assists for 76 total points.

 

 

Laurie Baker - Class of 1997 - Baker finished the 1998 Olympics with seven points, second best on the team. She was named USA Hockey Player of the Year in 1997. She also competed in the 1997 and 2000 World Championships as well as the 2002 Olympics. She ranks third all-time in points scored in a single season with 71 during the 1996-97 season. That same season, Baker recorded the second-highest single-season goal total at PC with 43. Despite playing just two seasons at Providence, she ranks 11th all-time at PC for goals scored with 75. Baker's final year as a Friar resulted in an incredible 43 goals, 28 assists and 71 points. Baker was an ECAC All-Star First Team Forward in 1997 and the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1996. Alana Blahoski - Class of 1996 - Along with the 1998 Gold Medal team, Blahoski competed at the World Championships in 1997, 1999 and 2000. She finished her career at Providence with 35 goals and 48 assists for 83 career points. She helped the Friars capture three ECAC Championship titles. As a defenseman, she was named ECAC Player of the Year, New England Hockey Writers Player of the Year and Providence College Athlete of the Year in 1996.

Lisa Brown-Miller - Class of 1988 - Brown-Miller finished her career with Team USA having scored 38 points in 30 games. She also played on six US Women's National Teams (1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997). She registered 154 career points at PC from 1984-88. Her 92 goals stand at seventh all-time at Providence. In 1985, her freshman season, she scored the winning goal against New Hampshire as PC captured the ECAC Championship title. In 1988, she was the ECAC Division I Player of the Year. She also made the ECAC All-Star Team her sophomore and senior years.

Sara DeCosta - Class of 2000 - DeCosta split time in goal for Team USA, finishing the Olympic Games with three wins. She competed in the 2000 World Championships as well as the 2002 Olympics. DeCosta was named USA Hockey Player of the Year in both 2000 and 2002. At Providence, She made an amazing 2,324 saves in 85 games and finished her PC career with a .929 save percentage and a 2.15 goals against average. In her sophomore and junior years, she was named to the ECAC All-Star Team. She was named PC's Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 1999 and 2000, DeCosta was an All-American selection, making her the first women's ice hockey player to earn All-American status.

Vicki Movsessian - Class of 1994 - Movsessian Played in the 1994 and 1997 World Championships as well as the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. During her time at PC, she tallied 12 goals and 41 assists for 53 points. She helped the Firars capture the ECAC title in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She was named to the ECAC All-Star Team three times and was a two-time New England Hockey Writers All-Star (1993, 1994).

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