COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two-time Olympian Molly Engstrom (Siren, Wis.), officially announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team Program today.
Engstrom earned a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she was named the best defenseman in the tournament by the directorate and also gained a place on the media all-star team after a seven-point effort (3-4—7) in five games. Engstrom also helped the U.S. earn the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
"Molly earned her first opportunity to play for Team USA in 2003 as part of our U22 team and blossomed into a vital member of our team,” said Reagan Carey, director of women’s hockey for USA Hockey. “With nearly a decade of experience as a member of Team USA, and as a two-time Olympian, we recognize all of the positive contributions Molly has made to the culture and success of our Women's National Team Program."
Her 112-game career included six appearances in the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship where she helped the United States capture four gold medals (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) and two silver medals (2004, 2007). She earned the directorate award as the tournament’s top defenseman in 2007.
Engstrom also helped the U.S claim first place in the 2008 Four Nations Cup in addition to five second-place finishes at the event (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010).
Additionally, Engstrom skated in two Under-22 Series (2003, 2004) and was a member of the 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National Team during the Qwest Tour and the 2005-06 U.S Women’s National Team for the Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour.
“Molly's contributions to USA Hockey and each of the teams she has been a member of, while wearing the USA jersey, have been vast,” said Katey Stone, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “She has represented the United States with distinction. “We all will miss her dedication to the program and her unrelenting love for her teammates.”
All total, Engstrom scored nine goals and contributed 44 assists while in a U.S. uniform.
"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be an Olympian and live out my dream,” said Engstrom. “I am so grateful for my teammates and friends and the incredible mentors throughout my life who shaped me as a hockey player and a person. I could not have done any of it without them and the support of my family.”
Engstrom played four years of college hockey at the University of Wisconsin (2001-05), where she was an All-American her senior season. She was also a two-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year (2004, 2005). Upon concluding her college career in 2005, she embarked on a professional career in which she helped her team capture championships in both the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (with the Brampton Canadette-Thunder in 2008) and the Western Women’s Hockey League (with the Minnesota Whitecaps in 2009).
Engstrom is the daughter of Rick and Judy Engstrom.