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2024 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees include Minnesota’s Natalie Darwitz, Krissy Wendell-Pohl

Minnesota hockey legends Natalie Darwitz and Krissy Wendell-Pohl are among this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The two were teammates at the University of Minnesota, as well as on U.S. teams that won silver at the 2002 Olympics and gold at the 2005 world championships.

Darwitz most recently served as general manager of Minnesota’s Professional Women’s Hockey League team. Wendell-Pohl is a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It is the first Hall of Fame class with two women’s players since 2010 and the first ever with two American women.

Natalie Darwitz

Team USA’s Natalie Darwitz holds the championship trophy after defeating Canada in the gold medal game at the Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver, BC, in September 2009. Darwitz is one of this year’s nominees for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Darryl Dyck | Canadian Press via AP 2009

A native of St. Paul, Darwitz played for Eagan High School before joining the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2002. She led the Gophers to a national championship over Harvard in 2005, scoring the winning goal. Internationally, she played for the United States at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. Darwitz also represented her country at eight world championships, winning Best Attacker in 2008.

Darwitz’s tenure as general manager of the PWHL Minnesota franchise ended shortly after the team won its first championship and just before the PWHL draft. Darwitz was fired with little explanation.

Krissy Wendell

Olympic medalist Krissy Wendell-Pohl speaks with members of the media on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in Washington. Wendell-Pohl is part of the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2024.

Patrick Semansky | AP

Wendell-Pohl was born in Brooklyn Park and led Park Center High School to a high school state championship in 2000. She also played for the Golden Gophers and became the first Minnesota and WCHA member to win the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005.

Internationally, Wendell-Pohl played for Team USA from 1999 to 2007 for a total of 147 games, including 106 goals, six IIHF World Championships, including 2005 where she was MVP in the United States’ first-ever gold medal. She represented the United States at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games and was captain in 2006.

The induction ceremony will take place on November 11 in Toronto.