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Maria Elisabeth Rooth (born 2 November 1979 in Ängelholm, Sweden) is a Swedish ice hockey player. She is the only University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey player to have her jersey retired above the ice of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Rooth is alternate captain and one of the most experienced players on the Swedish national team, which she has been a part of since 1996.

Maria Rooth
Maria Rooth.jpg
Born (1979-11-02) 2 November 1979 (age 40)
Ängelholm, Sweden
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 159 lb (72 kg; 11 st 5 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota–Duluth
Limhamn HK
MB Hockey
AIK
National team  Sweden
Playing career 1996–2010

In 2015, Rooth was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.[1]

Playing careerEdit

NCAAEdit

Rooth played collegiate hockey for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program. Rooth is ranked second in all-time leading scoring in Bulldogs history and was named to the WCHA All-Decade team in 2009.[2]

Rooth is the Bulldogs’ all-time leading goal scorer with 119 career goals and ranks second in career points with 232. She was a three-time All-American (2001, 2002, 2003) and a three time First Team All-WCHA selection. In addition, she was the league's Rookie of the Year in 2000. During the 2000-01 season, Rooth was named the Most Valuable Player of the Frozen Four, and the MVP of the WCHA Tournament that same season. On 21 January 2011, Rooth, along with Bulldog alumni Caroline Ouellette and Jenny Potter took part in a ceremonial faceoff to mark the first ever game at Amsoil Arena.[3]

InternationalEdit

Rooth is a four-time Team Sweden Olympian. She has accumulated nine goals and nine assists in 20 games during her Olympic career, and has played more than 260 games for Team Sweden over the past 12 years. At the 2009 IIHF World Championship, Rooth Netted her 100th career international goal, a first for a Team Sweden player.[4]

2006 Winter OlympicsEdit

Rooth participated in the 2006 Turin Olympics. Alongside goaltender Kim Martin, she was instrumental in Sweden's upset against United States in the semi-final game. She scored two goals in regulation time, which completed the comeback and then the clinching goal in the ensuing shootout.

At the games as a whole, she scored five goals, four assists, for a total of nine points. These totals are fourth overall at those Olympics, tied for highest non-Canadian player, and the highest among European players. She had a plus-minus of +1 and two penalty minutes. [1][permanent dead link] She was also named one of the tournament's top forwards.

CoachingEdit

Rooth returned to Duluth as an assistant coach for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program during the 2010-11 season.[5]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maria Rooth väljs in i IIHF:s Hall of Fame". hockeysverige.se (in Swedish). 18 December 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Memorable Moments". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Athletics. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  3. ^ "NO. 6 UMD WILL TAKE AIM AT NO. 1 WISCONSIN THIS WEEKEND TO OPEN AMSOIL ARENA". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Rooth is back as the Bulldogs new assistant coach". Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs athletics. 6 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Former UMD hockey star returns to coach". Duluth News Tribune. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ http://www.wcha.com/about/wcha-about.html[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame Class of 2015". International Ice Hockey Federation. 6 May 2010.

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