COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – Erin (Whitten) Hamlen, associate head coach on the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named by USA Hockey as an assistant coach of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Select Team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup from Nov. 7-11 in Kitchener, Ontario.
    Hamlen will be joined on the U.S. Select Team bench by head coach Mark Johnson (U. of Wisconsin) and Hilary Witt (Yale University).
    Hamlen, who is coaching at the international level for the first time, is entering her seventh year with the UNH women’s ice hockey program. After six seasons as an assistant coach, she was recently promoted to the position of associate head coach. Under Hamlen’s tutelage, Jen Huggon received All-America honors in 2003 and a UNH goalie has been Goaltending Champion all four years of Hockey East’s existence.
    A standout goaltender at UNH from 1989-93, Hamlen ranked second on the program’s career victory list with 51 and held the records for saves in a game (46), season (511) and career (1,556) at the time of her graduation. In her four seasons at New Hampshire, the Wildcats won the ECACHL championship twice and were the runner-up twice.
    The native of Glens Falls, N.Y. was the UNH Department of Women’s Athletics Athlete of the Year in 1993. Hamlen’s other collegiate accolades included ECAC Goaltender of the Year (1992), ECAC First Team (1993) and ECAC All-Star (1990 and 1991).
    The 1994 USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year, Hamlen was part of the U.S. women’s national program from 1992-97 and competed for the United States in multiple international competitions, including four IIHF Women’s World Championships. She rejoined the U.S. team in 1999 for the World Championship and again in 2001 for the Four Nations Cup.
    In 2005, Hamlen switched to the coaching side of USA Hockey, as she worked primarily with the goaltenders at the 2005 Girls’ Select 15/16 Player Development Camp.
    Hamlen played three seasons of professional hockey from 1993-96 and became the first woman to record a victory in a professional hockey game as she led the Toledo Storm (East Coast Hockey League) to a 6-2 victory against the Dayton Bombers.
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