COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Karyn Bye Dietz '93, one of the most prolific point producers in women's ice hockey for both the University of New Hampshire and Team USA, was one of four inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held Thursday, Dec. 4. The Class of 2014 was announced in August.
Bye Dietz was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 1998, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2011, and was an alternate captain on the 1998 U.S. Women's Olympic Team that was inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in the Class of 2009. She was the fifth woman and 19th American overall inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I predict that I'd be sitting here right now getting inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame," Bye Dietz said in the media teleconference. "It's just something that one never thought of, especially being a female hockey player."
As a four-year standout for the UNH Wildcats, she amassed 164 points on 100 goals and 64 assists; upon graduation, Bye Dietz ranked second in career goals and fourth in points (currently fourth in goals and 10th in points). The native of River Falls, Wis., led the team in both goals and points all four years; she is the only 'Cat to lead the team in goals four times and one of only two players to top the point leaderboard four times. Bye Dietz, a two-time captain, led UNH to a pair of ECAC championships.
"Karyn exemplifies what it is to be a Wildcat," UNH women's ice hockey head coach Hilary Witt said. "Her work ethic and commitment to excellence made her a very successful Wildcat and gold medalist on the 1998 Olympic team. She has set a standard for current and future Wildcats to strive for."
After graduating from New Hampshire with a degree in Physical Education, Bye Dietz earned a master's degree and played two more years at Concordia University (Montreal).
Bye Dietz went on to compete at two Olympics as well as six IIHF World Women's Championship tournaments. As an alternate captain for the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, she recorded a team-high five goals and three assists to lead the team to a gold medal – the first awarded in women's ice hockey. Bye Dietz tallied three goals and three assists in the 2002 Olympics to help the U.S. team win a silver medal.
Bye Dietz, a two-time USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year (1995 and 1998), is one of the most prolific goal scorers and point producers in U.S. history. She recorded 51 points (27g, 24a) in 30 games during her six IIFH World Women's Championship tourneys, all of which resulted in silver medals. Overall, she finished with 110 goals and 119 assists for 229 points in 175 games for Team USA to rank fifth on the all-time scoring list.
Bye Dietz is the third U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee in UNH history. Fellow UNH alum Rod Langway was enshrined in 1999 and former UNH men's ice hockey head coach Charlie Holt was inducted in 1997.
The other three honorees comprising the Class of 2014 are Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo. The Class of 2014 will be formally enshrined Dec. 4 in Minneapolis/St. Paul. More details on the induction celebration will be released over the next several weeks at USHockeyHallofFame.com.
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are chosen on the basis of extraordinary contribution to the sport of hockey in the United States.
"The class of 2014 is an extraordinary collection of individuals that have had an immensely positive impact on hockey in our country," Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey stated in a press release. "Cumulatively, they have been involved at every level of hockey and this group is a big reason why our sport has advanced to the point it has in the United States."