EVENT - HOCKEY

OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2006 Olympic bronze medalist
  • 2010 Olympic silver medalist

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2010 Olympic silver medalist
  • 2006 Olympic bronze medalist
  • 2005 World champion
  • 2005 Four Nations Cup silver medalist
  • 2004 World Championships silver medalist
  • Five-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship (gold-2005, 2008-09; silver-2004, 2007). Named the tournament's top defenseman in 2007
  • Four-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four Nations Cup (1st-2008; 2nd-2004-05, 2007)
  • Member of the U.S. Women's National Team in 2005-06 (Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour) and the U.S. Women's Select Team in 2008-09
  • Two-time member of the U.S. Women's Under-22 Select Team (2003-04)
  • Seven-time USA Hockey Women's National Festival participant (2002-05, 2007-09).
  • Played four years at the University of Wisconsin of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. As a Senior (2004-05): Served as assistant captain
  • All-America First Team selection
  • Named team's Defensive Player of the Year and earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season
  • Named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. As a Junior (2003-04): Named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors
  • Named to the WCHA Final Five All-Tournament Team and ranked third in the WCHA in point production among defensemen (5-19-24). As a Sophomore (2002-03): Ranked sixth on team in assists. As a Freshman (2001-02): Had points in four of her first five career games
  • Earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors once
  • Ranked 10th among WCHA defenders with 15 points (6-9).
  • Helped the Minnesota Whitecaps to the Western Women's Hockey League championship in 2008-09
  • Played for the Brampton Canadette-Thunder in 2007-08 and helped the team to the Canadian Women's Hockey League championship.

PERSONAL

Graduated from Wisconsin in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in natural resources/landscape architecture ... Served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Wisconsin women's ice hockey team during the 2006-07 season ... Played two years of hockey at Culver (Ind.) Academy ... In 35 games as a senior, recorded 31 points (15-16) ... Played three years with the Minnesota Thoroughbreds, helping the team to national runner-up finishes at the USA Hockey Girls' National Championships during the 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons ... Competed in the AAA Team Minnesota Hockey Festival as part of the Wisconsin Selects boys' team from 1995-97 ... Won the Wisconsin state discus title as a sophomore ... Named Culver's track and field MVP as a junior and played in the Indiana State Golf Tournament ... Has a brother, Chris ... Daughter of Rick and Judy Engstrom.

It's Every Day

Engstrom, like many athletes, dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic team ever since she was little. Being named to Team USA for the 2004 World Championships, she became just a single step away from reaching that dream. "It was just exciting and nerve racking, but I'm so excited inside, like an internal release, it's about time," she said about being named to the 2004 U.S. hockey team to Burnett County Sentinel. "It was more a sense of pride than anything. Been a lot of hard work and it's nice to get rewarded."

Quote

On her support of her town: It's nice to get phone calls from home and so nice to have support back home," she told the Burnett County Sentinel. "I don't feel like I'm in it on my own. It's very much appreciated. I'll never forget where my roots are."

DID YOU KNOW...?

  • Scored two points at the 2005 World Championships
  • Recorded two assists at the 2004 Four Nations Cup tournament
  • Tied for third on the team with three assists at the 2004 World Championships
  • Named Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Defensive Player of the Year twice (2003, 2004) and was a top-10 finalist for the 2005 Patty Kazmaier Award
  • Played for the University of Wisconsin and was honored with the Badger Award her junior year, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies passion, humility and unity
  • Finished her senior collegiate season ranked third in the nation for defensemen scoring with 21 points
  • Led her Minnesota Thoroughbreds to USA Hockey National Championships runner-up finishes during the 1997 and 1999 seasons
  • Started playing hockey in the first grade because she wanted to play with her older brother