January 7, 2013

10 Greatest Women's Hockey Players from New England

By Mike Zhe

Patty Kazmaier Award winner Julie Chu leads a talented pack. (Getty Images)

To accompany our January cover story, we've put together our list of the ten greatest women's players to hail from the region.

1. Julie Chu

Fairfield, Conn.

The 2007 winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award while playing at Harvard, Chu played forward on three U.S. Olympic teams, including the 2002 and 2010 squads that won silver medals. With 284 points over four seasons, she graduated from Harvard as the all-time scoring leader in women’s college hockey. She is currently an assistant coach at Union College.

2. Katie King Crowley

Salem, N.H.

One of the greatest scorers in college hockey history, King racked up 123 goals and 206 points during her career at Brown. She played on three U.S. Olympic teams, tying for the team scoring lead on the 1998 team that won gold in Nagano. Only two Americans have ever recorded more points in Olympic competition. She is now the head coach at Boston College.

3. Tara Mounsey

Concord, N.H.

After captaining the Concord High School boys team as a senior and winning New Hampshire Player of the Year honors, Mounsey took her game to bigger stages — first Brown University, where she was twice a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, and later the Olympics, where she led the U.S. team to a gold medal in Nagano in 1998 and won silver in Salt Lake City in 2002.

4. Meghan Duggan

Danvers, Mass.

From Cushing Academy, where she was named the school’s top female athlete three years in a row, to Wisconsin, where she played on three NCAA championship teams, to the Olympics, where she helped the U.S. win a silver medal in 2010, Duggan has been a productive star everywhere she’s played.

5. Courtney Kennedy

Woburn, Mass.

Kennedy spent a year at Colby College before transferring to Minnesota, where she led the Golden Gophers to the NCAA title in 2000 and was a two-time All-American, as well as a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She played in two Olympics (2002 and ’06) and is currently an assistant coach at BC.

6. Gretchen Ulion

Marlboro, Conn.

The goal Ulion will be long be remembered for is the one that put the U.S. up 1-0 on Canada in the 1998 gold-medal game at Nagano — the first goal scored in a women’s hockey gold-medal game — but she had a bunch of others, especially at Dartmouth, where she graduated as that program’s leading scorer.

7. Sara DeCosta

Warwick, R.I.

The only goalie in our top 10, the Toll Gate High School product twice earned All-America honors at Providence and twice (2000, ’02) was named USA Hockey’s Player of the Year. She played in two Olympics, teaming with Sarah Tueting to give the Americans a gold medal-winning net tandem in 1998.

8. A.J. Mleczko

Nantucket, Mass.

Forward won the Patty Kazmaier Award during standout career at Harvard and played on two U.S. Olympic teams (1998, 2002), averaging a point a game.

9. Stephanie O’Sullivan

Dorchester, Mass.

One of 11 siblings, she left her biggest mark at Providence College, where she was named ECAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Player of the Year as a senior and led the Friars to four league championships. She still ranks No. 2 behind Cammi Granato on the school’s all-time goals (123) and points (256) list.

10. Julie Sasner

Durham, N.H.

Sasner left Harvard as the program’s all-time leading scorer (78 goals, 133 points), and was named to the first U.S. women’s national team in 1990. She’s gone on to a coaching career that included stops at Cornell and Wisconsin and the U.S. national and Olympic teams.

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of New England Hockey Journal.

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