Katie has been involved with hockey for more than 28 years and has experience in coaching, instructing, as well as being a referee. She started playing hockey at age 5 and played 9-13AA with the boys from ages 8-13. She then decided to make the transition to girl's hockey where she played 2 years on both the Thunder Bay AA Queens and the Thunder Bay Intermediate A Comets respectfully in the TBWHA. She represented Team Ontario Blue at the U-18 National Championships in 2000.
Katie received a hockey scholarship to Dartmouth College which is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. In her first 2 hockey seasons at Dartmouth College Katie amassed a total of 95 points in 67 games (52 goals, 43 assists). Her point total through her first two seasons is second all time only to Gretchen Ulion (147).
As a freshman, Katie put together one of the best freshman seasons in Big Green history. She finished second on the team in scoring with 47 points, tied the team lead with 24 assists and placed second with 23 goals. She was named to the All-Ivy League second team, to the ECAC Hockey League All-Rookie team, and was an All-ECAC Hockey League honorable mention. She led the team with six game winning goals and notched her first career hat trick against Colgate on 3/8/03.
In her sophomore year , she was named one of 12 Division I all-stars by the New England Hockey Writers Association, selected to the second team All-Ivy and All-ECAC Hockey League, she was named to the ECAC Hockey League All-Academic Team, twice named ECAC Hockey League Player of the Week, and was named USCHO Division I Offensive Player of the Week on Jan. 27.
In her junior year, she led the team in goals with 38 and finished second on the team in overall points with 53. She also led the team in power-play goals (15), short handed goals (3) and hat tricks (5). She had three hat tricks in five games against Minnesota, Union and New Hampshire where she scored all three of the Big Greens goals in the 3-1 win.
As a senior, she missed eight games due to injury. She was second on the team in goals (23), third in points (37) and first in power play goals (13). She holds the top spot on Dartmouth's all-time power play goals list. She Recorded 12 points over four ECACHL playoff games and she had 10 multi-point games. She netted four goals in Game One of the ECACHL Quarterfinals against Rensselaer and Holds a +18. She was named the ECACHL tournaments Most Outstanding Player and she was Awarded ECACHL Player of the Week once and USCHO's Offensive Player of the Week once.
After a standout freshman year, Katie received an invite to a selection camp for Team Canada. From there, she was selected to play on t he U-22 national team for 2 years where she won 2 gold medals at the Air Canada Cup in Germany in 2003 and 2004.
Katie was then selected to play on the Women's National Team where she won gold in 4 Four Nations Cup tournaments (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008), as well as a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy where she had 4 goals and 1 assist. She scored the game winner in the semi-final victory over Finland. Katie has played in 2 World Championships. In 2007, she won a gold medal in Winnipeg, Manitoba and in 2008 she won a silver medal in Harbin, China. Katie had to retire in December of 2009 due to multiple concussions. She still suffers symptoms and has been diagnosed with a tramatic brain injury. Although Katie was unable to compete in the 2010 Olympics, she had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch and lighting the community cauldron in her hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Jan. 3, 2010.
Although, Katie has been injured, she remains an active role model in the community. Katie resides in Ottawa where she spent 5 years as an assistant coach with the Nepean Wildcats (Midget AA & PWHL teams). Katie is a motivational speaker for all kinds of events and has spoken in over 500 schools across Canada. She also runs individual hockey team clinics and is a real estate agent with Details Realty Inc. Katie is very passionate about hockey and she truly enjoys working with children and inspiring others.
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