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Erin Whitten Hamlen
Erin-Whitten
Copyright TeePee Communications Photography
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
ECAC Team New Hampshire Wildcats
Born October 10 1971 (1971-10-10) (age 45),
Glens Falls, New York
Pro Career 1989 – 2002


Erin Whitten (born October 26, 1971, in Glens Falls, New York[1]) is a hockey goaltender who has played professionally with various men's teams. She has played with the Dallas Freeze of the CHL, the Toledo Storm of the ECHL, the Utica Blizzard, Muskegon Fury, and the Flint Generals of the Colonial Hockey League. Whitten has also participated in roller hockey with the Pittsburgh Phantoms and the Oakland Skates. Whitten graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1993.[2] Currently, she is an Associate Head Coach for the UNH Wildcats.[3]

Pro hockeyEdit

On October 30, 1993, Whitten became the first woman to win a professional hockey game. She played for the East Coast Hockey League's Toledo Storm, and she beat Dayton 6-5.[4] She did not play in the entire game. In 1995-96, she would become the first woman to play and win an entire regular season professional hockey game.[5] She accomplished it with the Flint Generals in a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Falcons. Whitten was also the first woman to play a game in the American Hockey League. During the 1993-94 preseason, she played for the Adirondack Red Wings.[6]

USA HockeyEdit

  • Member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team from 1992-97, then rejoined the team in both 1999 and 2001[7]
  • Was the starting goalie at the World Championships (1992-97)
  • 1994 USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year
  • Starting goalie for '94 World Championships
  • Outstanding Goaltender in '94 World Championships
  • Starting goalie for '92 World Championships

CollegiateEdit

At the time of her graduation from the University of New Hampshire, Whitten held the record for saves in a game (46), season (511) and career (1,556). She shut out Dartmouth College in her collegiate debut and led the New Hampshire Wildcats to two ECAC titles (1990, 1991).[8]

  • 4-time ECAC Goalie of the year 1992/93
  • Univ. of NH women's Team Athlete of the Year
  • 2-time ECAC player of the week

Coaching careerEdit

As a coach at the University of New Hampshire, she helped goaltender Jen Huggon earn All-America honors. She was part of the coaching staff that led the Wildcats to the Frozen Four in 2006 and 2008. Whitten was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2006 Four Nations Cup. [9]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • First US-born woman to play professional hockey
  • First woman to be credited with win in pros
  • First woman with complete game victory in pros
  • First woman to participate in AHL game
  • First woman to participate in ECHL game
  • First woman to participate in CHL game
  • First woman to participate in COHL game
  • USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year (1994)
  • University of New Hampshire's Department of Women’s Athletics Athlete of the Year (1993)
  • ECAC Goaltender of the Year (1992)
  • ECAC First Team (1992 and 1993)
  • ECAC All-Star Selection (equivalent to First Team status) in 1990 and 1991
  • Directorate Award, Best Goaltender, 1994 IIHF women's world hockey championships[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=5711
  2. http://www.makeithappen.com/wis/bios/whittene.html
  3. http://www.unhwildcats.com/index.cfm?id=2EA88456-E9AB-3C1D-9701ADD6FC0F0A69&profile=1E0573E4-A09C-492E-9350545D000D360C
  4. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.49, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  5. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.49, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  6. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.49, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
  7. http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/wice/coaches/index
  8. http://www.unhwildcats.com/sports/wice/coaches/index
  9. Meet the new Team USA, by Richard O'Brien, p.E6, The Record:Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Saturday, November 4, 2006
  10. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.541, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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