Brianna Decker (born May 13, 1991) is an American women's ice hockey player for the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She is a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. She was awarded the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award while playing for the University of Wisconsin, recognizing the best female ice hockey player in NCAA Division I play. With the Boston Pride, Decker would score the first hat trick in NWHL history on October 25, 2015.
Brianna Decker for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2013
May 13, 1991|
Dousman, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Weight||148 lb (67 kg; 10 st 8 lb)|
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In her freshman season (2009–10) with the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program, Decker scored the Badgers' first goal of the season in a game against North Dakota (October 3). During the season, she accumulated seven multi-point games and four multi-goal games. She was third in team scoring despite missing almost half of the first part of the season. On September 25, 2011, Decker scored her third career hat trick in a 13–0 defeat of the Lindenwood Lady Lions ice hockey program. Her 12-game winning goals during the 2010–11 season are a program record. She holds the Badgers longest scoring streak at 32 games (February 11, 2011 to January 6, 2012). During the streak she accumulated 77 points (33 goals, 44 assists). In her junior season, Decker won the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award.
She won gold at the 2009 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. On January 28, 2011, it was announced that Decker was named to the preliminary roster for the US Women's National Team. From April 4 to 12, 2011, she was one of 30 players that took part in a selection / training camp and was named to the final roster that participated at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship. At the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship, Brianna Decker was among the tournament's top five scorers. Decker's 11 points (four goals, seven assists) placed her second.
Making her debut for the Boston Blades on January 17, 2015, Decker accumulated seven points (three goals, four assists) in an 11–3 win against the Brampton Thunder. Decker would finish the season leading all American-born players in scoring, while ranking second overall in the scoring race for the Angela James Bowl with 32 points. In addition, she tied with Blades teammate Tara Watchorn as the league leaders in plus/minus rating with a +25. During the 2015 Clarkson Cup playoffs, Decker led all players in scoring, while registering two goals in the championship game, a 3–2 overtime win over the Montreal Stars.
Signing as a free agent with the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, Decker made league history on October 25, 2015. During a 5–3 road win against the Buffalo Beauts, Decker would score the first hat trick in league history. All three goals were scored against Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin.
Decker was awarded Most Valuable Player consecutively by the NWHL for her performance in the 2015–16 season and 2016–17 season.
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On July 24, 2018, Decker and fellow Team USA gold medalist Kacey Bellamy signed as free agents with the Calgary Inferno. Decker would score the game-winning goal versus Les Canadiennes de Montreal in the 2019 Clarkson Cup finals, with Bellamy gaining the assist. Of note, Decker would also be recognized as the MVP of the 2019 Clarkson Cup playoffs.
On January 25, 2019, Decker participated in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, in which she demonstrated the premier passing drill event. Her demo time of 1:06 was faster than all eight men who competed in the event. The $25,000 prize money went to Leon Draisaitl, who finished at 1:09. Ice hockey equipment manufacturer CCM announced that it would pay Decker $25,000 for achieving the fastest time.
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Awards and honorsEdit
- Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner (2012)
- RBK Hockey/AHCA Division I second-team All-American (2010–11)
- All-WCHA First Team (2010–11)
- WCHA Final Face-off Most Valuable Player (2010–11)
- All-WCHA Rookie Team (2009–10)
- three-time WCHA Rookie of the Week (2009–10)
- WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year (2009–10)
- Badgers Rookie of the Year (2009–10)
- All-WCHA Academic Team (2010–11)
- WCHA Rookie of the Week (Week of October 5, 2009)
- 2012 Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Year Award
- CWHL co-leader, Plus-Minus rating +25 (2014–15)
- CWHL Scoring Leader among American-born players (2014–15)
- 2015 CWHL Rookie of the Year Award Winner
- 2019 Clarkson Cup Playoff MVP
- Inductee into the 2014 Winter Olympics for the US team
- Isobel Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award (2016)
- NWHL Most Valuable Player Award (2016)
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- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Brianna Decker at CWHL
- Brianna Decker (Boston Pride 2016–2017) at NWHL
- Brianna Decker at the International Olympic Committee
- Brianna Decker at the United States Olympic Committee
- Brianna Decker at USA Hockey
- Brianna Decker at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Brianna Decker on Twitter