The Short List

  • 2006 Olympic bronze medalist
  • 2002 Olympic silver medalist
  • 2005 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner
  • Ranked second in the nation in both points (102) and points per game (2.62) in 2005

Did You Know?

  • Scored six points in five games with two multiple point games during the 2002 Olympics
  • Four-time U.S. World Championships team member (1999-2001, 2004)
  • Led the 2001 U.S. National Team in points (72), goals (37) and assists (35)
  • At age 18, she led all scorers with 13 points at the 2000 World Championships
  • Named WCHA Player of the Year (2004, 2005)
  • Finished the 2005 season as the WCHA top goal-scorer with 43 goals and had a total of 58 assists
  • Led the 2004 University of Minnesota hockey team in goals (36), points (78), tied for first in assists (42) and finished the year ranked third in the nation in points per game (2.17), goals per game (1.00), assists per game (1.17) and 9 game winning goals
  • Named a top-10 finalist in 2003, 2004 for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
  • In 1994, the 12-year-old Wendell became the fifth girl to compete at the Little League World Series when she started at catcher for Brooklyn Center (Minn.)
  • Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was once the mayor of her town in Minnesota (Brooklyn Park) and is the most famous person Wendell has met so far in her life
  • Averaged an astounding 4.21 goals per game while attending Park Center (Minn.) High School where she played for three years, one of which was on the boys team, totaling 335 points in 62 games
  • In 1997, she nearly severed her left thumb when a teammate accidentally stepped on it with his skate blade

It's Every Day
She grew up competing with her older brother, Erik, and considers him her hero. "I've always looked up to him. He's been so supportive, bringing me along when I was younger to play street hockey with his friends," Wendell said.

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About her parents making her wait until age five to play hockey. According to family lore, when Wendell awoke on her fifth birthday, she shouted: "I can play hockey now!"