Krissy Wendell-Pohl

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Krissy Wendell-Pohl
Born (1981-09-12) September 12, 1981 (age 42)
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
WCHA team Minnesota Golden Gophers
National team  United States
Playing career 1999–2007
Medal record
Women's ice hockey
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2002 Salt Lake City Tournament
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Turin Tournament
IIHF World Women's Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Sweden Tournament
Silver medal – second place 1999 Finland Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2000 Canada Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2001 United States Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2004 Canada Tournament
Silver medal – second place 2007 Canada Tournament

Kristin Elizabeth "Krissy" Wendell-Pohl (born September 12, 1981) is an American former women's ice hockey player and current amateur scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. During the 2004–05 season, Wendell set an NCAA record for most short-handed goals in one season, with seven.[1] At the conclusion of her college career, she held the record for most career short-handed goals, with 16. Both marks have since been equaled by Meghan Agosta. Wendell is currently in the Top 10 for all-time NCAA scoring, with 237 career points.

Playing career[edit]

While attending Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Wendell led the girls' hockey team to a state championship. At the time she graduated from high school, Wendell was the state of Minnesota's all-time leading girls' high school scorer.[2]

Wendell was a co-captain of the Minnesota Golden Gophers women's ice hockey team. A forward, she scored 133 points in two seasons (2002–2003, 2003–2004) for the Gophers. Wendell scored the game-winning goal in the 2005 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) championship game against Wisconsin. Wendel followed that with a hat-trick against ECAC champion Harvard. Wendell was the NCAA runner-up in the scoring race to her teammate Natalie Darwitz with 98 points. Wendell did lead the NCAA in short-handed goals, with seven. She won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005 for best female collegiate hockey player. Wendell was the first player from Minnesota, and the first from the WCHA, to win the award.[3]

Wendell was one of the stars of the United States women's national ice hockey team, and served as their team captain. She made her debut with the team at the 1998 Three Nations Cup.[4] At the 2005 IIHF Women's World Championship, Wendell was named MVP, and led all players in scoring with nine points, as the United States won its first gold medal at the women's world championships. She was a member of the United States team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal.

Post-playing career[edit]

Following her playing career, Wendell-Pohl coached girls high school hockey in Minnesota with her husband, and former NHL player, Johnny Pohl. She was then hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a scout on November 6, 2021, becoming the third woman to hold a scouting position with an NHL team after Cammi Granato and Blake Bolden. Her responsibilities are to scout amateur players, predominantly high school players, in the Minnesota area. [5][6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Wendell was the fifth girl to play in the Little League World Series, and the first to start at the catcher position.[7]

Wendell was featured on the Nickelodeon game show, Figure It Out, when she was 16.[citation needed]

She married NHL player John Pohl on August 11, 2007, in Roseville, Minnesota. They have three daughters. [8][6]



  1. ^ "Division I Women's Records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Albert Chen (December 2, 2002). "Hot Stuff". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Laura Halldorson". Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Notable Women's Hockey Players". Hockey Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 6, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Penguins Hire Krissy Wendell-Pohl As Amateur Scout". November 6, 2021. Archived from the original on November 7, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Krissy Wendell-Pohl Inspiring Women in a New Way as Penguins Scout". November 11, 2021. Archived from the original on November 11, 2021. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Little League World Series Alumni Chris Drury and Krissy Wendell Lead U.S. Hockey Teams into Torino Winter Olympics". February 22, 2006. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2018 – via Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Benet, Lorenzo (August 11, 2007). "Hockey Stars Krissy Wendell and John Pohl Wed". People. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Annual Awards - Through the Years". USA Hockey. Archived from the original on January 13, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Hall of Excellence". Little League Online. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  11. ^ "Golden Gopher Honors and Awards". Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  12. ^ a b Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.545, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Captain, United States Olympic Hockey Team
Succeeded by
Preceded by IIHF World Women's Championships Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Preceded by Patty Kazmaier Award
Succeeded by