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Cammi Granato - U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame InducteeOctober 11, 2008 – Cammi Granato is one of the best female hockey players ever produced in the United States, and one of the most recognized. 

 A 15-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Team beginning in 1990, Granato is the program’s all-time scoring leader with 343 points (186 goals) in 205 games. She achieved international fame in 1998 when she captained Team USA to the first Olympic gold medal in women’s ice hockey history.

An ambassador to the women’s game, Granato has appeared on the front of a Wheaties cereal box and carried the American flag for Team USA during closing ceremonies of the 1998 Olympics. She’s also served as a role model for thousands of teenage girls who never would have realized their dream of playing collegiate or international hockey if not for her.

Last night, Granato was most deservedly inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. She become the first female of 138 members in the Hall and was honored during a ceremony at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. 

NHL legend Brett Hull said he’s privileged to be entering the Hall alongside Granato.

“I’d put Cammi’s impact on the game and the team she played for right up there with what the 1980 Olympic men’s team did for hockey in this country,” Hull said. “She’s done just as much, if not more, for grass roots hockey at that level. I don’t think they could have picked anyone better to be the first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.”

“To know I was the first woman, it was a pretty nice feeling,” she said of the honor.

If you’re a fan, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is  can be found in Eveleth, Minn (“The Capital of American Hockey”). According to their site, you can experience the thrilling game action and inspiring achievements via physical displays, exhibits, video, theater and memorabilia. Try your skills on the replica rink, see the #4 Zamboni, watch the 1980 Olympic Team as they take home the Gold and more!

1 Comment

  1. HockeyVolleyballNCAAMom says:

    When your at a Saturday morning hockey game with your son and you are playing Samuel Lidstrom for the first time and he comes out of the locker room looking for you when your a volleyball player learning the sport and  then later that day at the Detroit (Away) Washington Capitals games his father announces he is HIV positive it has a huge impact on your life.  Samuel is a child.

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