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Karyn Bye

Born: May 18, 1971 in River Falls, Wisconsin, United States

One of the longest tenured members of the U.S. Womens National Team, Karyn Bye captured a medal at all 10 of her International Ice Hockey Federation competitions.

Bye played on boys teams until the age of 18 and had to always prove that she belonged while registering as K.L. Bye so that people wouldnt know there was a girl on the team.

She led the United States to the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, and silver medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, six IIHF World Womens Championships (1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001) and two IIHF Pacific Womens Championships (1995, 1996).

Bye starred in two (1998, 2002) Olympic Winter Games for the U.S. Womens Olympic ice hockey team and helped lead her country to the first gold medal presented for womens ice hockey, at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. She recorded 51 points (27 + 24) in 30 games during her six IIHF World Womens Championship appearances and totaled 84 points (47 + 37) in 51 career games wearing a Team USA sweater.

Bye, one of the first power forwards in the womens game, was a dominating player in the first Olympics with womens participation. She led the gold-medal-winning U.S. team in Nagano with five goals and three assists for eight points in six games. She maintained her plus point-per-game pace four years later in Salt Lake City, collecting six points (3 + 3) in five games.

She was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

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