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Jenny Potter to be Inducted into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame

By Staff, 10/05/11, 9:45PM CDT

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Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) will be one of eight individuals enshrined into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday (Sept. 29) at the Edina Country Club.

“There are so many great student-athletes that have gone through Edina,” said Potter. “It is an honor and humbling experience to be inducted into the Edina Hall of Fame with all the other great inductees.”

A 1997 graduate of Edina High School, Potter was one of the first girls to play tackle football in Edina in fifth grade. She later played for the boys high school hockey program at EHS.

Potter played on the women’s ice hockey team for three years at the University of Minnesota Duluth (1999-2004) and one year at the University of Minnesota (1998-99), earning All-America honors each season. She was also a three-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

She is one of just two U.S. women’s ice hockey players to have competed in four Olympic Winter Games, with a gold (1998), two silvers (2002, 2010) and a bronze (2006) medal to her credit.

Potter, at age 32, is in her 15th season as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team program, and is in her fifth season with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League.

NOTE: The other seven members elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 are: Leo Cabalka (Coach), Doug Hastins (1969), Karl Mecklenburg (1978), Phil Olson (1975), Dan Plante (1990), Mick Stenson (1966) and Sara VanderTop (1995).

4 Nations Cup Roster has Whitecaps presence

USA Hockey announced the first 20 players of its roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete for the 2011 Four Nations Cup from November 9th through 13th in Nyköping, Sweden. Of the twenty women named to the roster, six with Whitecaps ties were chosen to compete. Current Whitecaps forward and Edina native, Jenny Potter was the only current Whitecaps player named to the roster. Former Whitecaps selected were Gigi Marvin, Caitlin Cahow, Molly Engstrom, Julie Chu, and Karen Thatcher. The team will host training camp from November 1st-6th in Hamden, Connecticut before beginning play in Sweden. Other nations competing in the 4 Nations Cup are Canada, Finland, and host Sweden.

The Whitecaps will open up their metro area season with a pair of exhibition games against Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Friday, November 11th in Owatonna at 7:00pm and Saturday, November 12th at the Rogers Ice Arena at 3:15pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Visit RogersRoyalsHockey.org for more information. The first away series of the year is December 10th and 11th against the Manitoba Maple Leafs in Thunder Bay, Ontario.