GWH Blog: Natalie Darwitz inducted into USA Hockey's 200 Club

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darwitz-natalie.jpgUSA Hockey will honor the first six members of its new 200 Club during the second intermission of tomorrow night's (April 14) gold-medal game of the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship at Gutterson Fieldhouse. The Club recognizes players who have played at least 200 games for the U.S. Women's National Team.

The initial group of honorees includes alumni Natalie Darwitz, who was a Golden Gopher player from 2003-05 and an assistant coach at Minnesota from 2008-11. Darwitz is a three-time Olympian, and competed in eight IIHF Women's World Championships. In 13 years with the U.S. Women's National Team Program, she recorded 245 points (117-128), second all-time in the program.

The other players being honored in the initial class are Team USA alumni Cammi Granato, Katie King and Angela Ruggiero, and current players Julie Chu and Jenny Potter.

In IIHF play today, Canada faces off against Finland in the first semifinal, while the U.S. plays Switzerland in the other semifinal game. Team USA's game, which starts at 6 p.m. central, will be shown online at FASThockey.com. There's a game preview from USA Hockey here. Live stats during the game are available on the IIHF website here.

Tomorrow's championship game will be at 6 p.m. central, and will be televised on Universal Sports (available in the Twin Cities through DISH Network or DIRECTV).

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