HAMLEN NAMED TO USA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Erin Hamlen, associate head coach for the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named an assistant coach on USA Hockey’s first-ever U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team, the organization announced Wednesday. Hamlen will also remain at UNH in the 2007-08 season.

Hamlen, a member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team from 1992-97 as well as 1999 and 2001 and the 1994 USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year, made her USA Hockey coaching debut in November 2006 as an assistant coach for the U.S. Select Team at the Four Nations Cup. She retained that role with the team at the World Championship in April 2007. The U.S. team won a silver medal at both tournaments.

The U-18 Select Team will travel to Ottawa to take on Canada in a three-game series from Aug. 22-26, then the U.S. Women’s Under-18 National Team will compete at the world championship in Canada in early January (site and dates TBA). Katey Stone (UNH ’88) will serve as head coach of the team.

Hamlen (UNH ’93) joined the Wildcats’ staff as an assistant coach in July 2000 and was promoted to associate head coach last summer. In her seven-year tenure, UNH has compiled a 168-60-23 overall record with four Hockey East regular-season titles, two league tournament titles and two NCAA tourney appearances.

Hamlen was a four-year letterwinner on New Hampshire’s women’s ice hockey team (1990-93 seasons) who led the ‘Cats to two ECAC tournament titles as well as two league runner-up finishes. She went on to become the first woman to record a victory in a professional hockey game when the Toledo Storm (East Coast Hockey League) defeated the Dayton Bombers, 6-2.
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