Bye-Dietz inducted into IIHF HOFTwo-time Olympian Karyn Bye-Dietz was one of six individuals inducted onto the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Sunday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Two-time Olympian Karyn Bye-Dietz was one of six individuals inducted onto the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame Sunday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Bye-Dietz, a River Falls native and Hudson resident, becomes the fifth female inducted into the 160-member Hall of Fame and the 19th American.
She led the United States to a gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games, and silver medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, six IIHF World Women’s Championships (1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001) and two IIHF Pacific Women’s Championships (1995, 1996).
She was accompanied at the induction ceremony by her husband, Cal, and two children, Tatum and Brody, and spoke of the genesis of her love of the game, according to a press release from the IIHF.
“I watched every game of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and fell in love with hockey watching Bill Baker, number 6 (Bye’s number) and everyone else,” she said. Incredibly, 18 years later she had a similar influence on a new generation of kids.
“There’s no question ’98 had a great influence on the sport of women’s ice hockey,” Bye said. “A lot of people watched the Olympics and said, ‘Wow! Look at what these women can do.’ From that point on, I think the sport has continued to grow. Having events such as this Hall of Fame induction, and our team being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, I think that’s huge for women’s ice hockey. I hope they continue to induct more women. There are so many great women’s players, not only from the U.S. and Canada, but from other countries as well.”
Bye-Dietz was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
Other inductees into the IIHF Hall of Fame Sunday included Tord Lundstrom of Sweden, Bohumil Modry of the Czech Republic, Kalevi Numminen of Finland, Ladislav Trojak of Slovakia and Doru Tureanu of Romania.