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 New York State High School Hockey- HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2007


 Erin Whitten (Glens Falls, 1987-1989)
   


Glens Falls native, Erin Whitten, shown here as a member of the 1994 US National Team at the Women's World Championships, has been a true pioneer for women's hockey and hockey in general.
 

Erin Whitten's ice hockey career began at age 5, growing up in Glens Falls, and playing youth hockey "with the boys" for the Adirondack Youth Hockey Association.  This led to her to become the first girl to play high school hockey for the Glens Falls Indians.  While at Glens Falls, she posted a 21-9 record with a 2.0 GAA, and was selected as a Capital District High School Hockey League's All-Star- Honorable Mention, and went on to become the first female participant in NYSPHSAA Division 2 High School Hockey State Championships in 1989. 

Erin was recruited by the University of New Hampshire, where she immediately stepped into the position of starting goaltender.  She went on to play all four years for the Wildcats graduating in 1993 with a B.A. in Psychology.  In her four seasons she posted an incredible record of 54-wins, 14-losses, and 4-ties with a .910 save percentage.  Her combined, many awards, accolades, and achievements are truly incredible and include the following:

  • First female participant- Glens Falls Hockey
  • First female participant- NYSPHSAA Division 2 High School State Championships (1989)
  • Four-year starting varsity goaltender at University of New Hampshire (1989-93)
  • UNH Record- Most Saves in a Game (46)
  • UNH Record- Most Save in a Season (511)
  • UNH Record- Most Saves in a Career (1,556)
  • ECAC First Team All-Star (1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993)
  • 4-time ECAC Goaltender of the Year (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • UNH Women's Athletics Athlete of the Year (1993)
  • Led UNH to a ECAC Championship, twice (1990, 1991)
  • Led UNH to a ECAC Runner-Up, twice (1992, 1993)
  • USA Hockey Women's Player of the Year (1994)
  • Starting goalie World Championships for USA Hockey (1992, 1994, 1997, & 1999)
  • Outstanding Goaltender Women's World Championships (1994)
  • First US born woman to play professional hockey
  • First woman to be credited with a win in professional hockey
  • First woman to participate in an American Hockey League-AHL game (1993 Adirondack Red Wings)
  • First woman to participate in an East Coast Hockey League-ECHL game (1993 Toledo Storm)
  • First woman to participate in a Central Hockey League-CHL game (1994 Dallas Storm)
  • First woman to participate in a Colonial Hockey League-CoHL game (1994 Utica Blizzard)
  • Also played for Colonial Hockey League's Flint Generals-1995, Muskegon Fury 1996

 After taking the role of player as far as possible, Erin returned to UNH in 2000 as an Assistant Coach and helped guide the Wildcats to four Hockey East regular season championships among many other achievements.  She also spends a lot of time involving the team with community service participation, including working with local girls scouts, local youth hockey associations, talking to high school student athletes, and volunteering at local hospitals.  In July of 2006, she was promoted to Associate Head Coach at UNH.  While continuing her duties at UNH, Erin was also an assistant coach for the US National Team for the 2006-07 season, winning a silver medal at the Four Nations Cup in Kitchner, Ontario and another silver at the World Championships in Winnipeg, MB.  During the 2007-08 season she was an assistant coach for the first ever US Under 18 National Team, which took a gold medal at the U-18 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships in Calgary, Alberta.

Erin and her husband Tim, reside in Hampton, NH and enjoy traveling together.  Erin will be participating in the Boston Marathon for the second time this year.

Erin was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey Hall of Fame, March 2007, for her dedication to the sport as a truly great player who has contributed noteworthy service to society.
 

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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