Erin Whitten-Hamlen

Erin Whitten (born October 26, 1971) is an American hockey coach and former goaltender who has played professionally with various men's teams. She is the head coach of the Merrimack Warriors women's ice hockey team, which plays in the Hockey East conference, at Division I of the NCAA. She became head coach in 2013.[1]

Erin Whitten-Hamlen
Born (1971-10-10) October 10, 1971 (age 49)
Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Toledo Storm
National team  United States
Playing career 1989–1999
Medal record
Representing  United States
Women's ice hockey
IIHF World Women's Championships
Silver medal – second place 1992 Finland Tournament
Silver medal – second place 1994 United States Tournament
Silver medal – second place 1997 Canada Tournament
Silver medal – second place 1999 Finland Tournament

Whitten graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1993.[2] During her college career, she played goalie for the UNH Wildcats women's ice hockey team. She was selected as a First-Team All Star four times. She won the ECAC Goaltender of the Year award in 1992.

After college, she 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.

She was a member of the U.S. women's national ice hockey team from 1992-1997, as the starting goaltender. She was USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year in 1994.

After her playing career, she was a coach with the New Hampshire Wildcats women's ice hockey team for ten years (2000-2010). During her time with the team, the Wildcats won four straight Hockey East championships.

She was hired as the inaugural coach for the Boston Blades, the first U.S. team in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.[3] However, players and coached were not paid in the now-defunct league, and Hamlen coached only one year.

Erin Whitten, as part of pro hockey's first all-female goaltending showdown. New Jersey Rockin Rollers (Manon Rheaume) vs. Pittsburgh Phantoms in a Roller Hockey International game.Brenden Byrne Arena, MeadowlandsJuly 13, 1994

She was born in Glens Falls, New York.[4]

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[5]
  • 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).[6]

  • 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.[7]

On September 17, 2010, the CWHL expansion franchise in Boston, the Blades, announced the appointment of Erin Hamlen as the team's first head coach.[8]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 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[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Merrimack Signs Erin Hamlen to Multi-Year Contract Extension". Merrimack College Athletics. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  2. ^ "Erin Whitten - Women in Sports Women's Sports".
  3. ^ Sullivan, Mike. "York's Cronin suiting up for Boston Blades hockey team". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  4. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=5711
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Meet the new Team USA, by Richard O'Brien, p.E6, The Record:Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Saturday, November 4, 2006
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2010-09-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ 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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