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Cammi Granato

Born: March 25, 1971 in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA Cammi Granatos career began in Illinois where she played with her siblings and later joined a boys team because there were no teams for girls in her area. Years later, she would become the most well-known female hockey player in America. Granato is the all-time leading scorer in major international competition and was the player who defined U.S. womens program during her 15-year career. She played in every IIHF World Womens Championship and Olympics from the inaugural championship in 1990 until 2005, the year she led the U.S. to its first World Championship gold, denying Canadas quest for a nine-in-a-row. Granato was instrumental in USAs historic gold medal at the 1998 Olympics, the first time womens hockey was a medal sport. Granato earned the honour of carrying the U.S. flag at the Games Closing Ceremonies. In total, Granato won two gold and nine silver medals in eleven tournaments with the USA and was a role model and hero who played a key role in the growth of womens hockey in the U.S. In official events, Granato played 54 games, scoring 54 goals and 96 points, both all-time records for womens hockey. In 1992, she was voted best forward by the IIHF Directorate, and three times she was named to the tournament All-Star Team (1992, 1997, 2002). She was honoured with the NHLs Lester Patrick Award in 2007 for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

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