ZURICH, Switzerland – Karyn Bye Dietz (UNH '93) has been named one of six members of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Bye Dietz, a standout with both the University of New Hampshire and USA Hockey teams, is just the fifth woman – 19th American overall – to be inducted into the IIHF. The announcement was made Thursday and the ceremony will take place May 15, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia, in conjunction with the 75th IIHF World Championship.
Bye Dietz was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 1998. As a four-year standout for the 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.
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 led the team to a gold medal – the first awarded in women's ice hockey; the team was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. 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, 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.