Former Harvard Phenom Botterill Announces Retirement
Jennifer Botterill is Harvard's all-time points leader with 340 in her career.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a storied career with the Harvard women's hockey team and a lengthy tenure with the Canadian Women's National Team, Jennifer Botterill '02-03 announced her retirement from the national team. She ends her tenure with the Canadian team as one of just four players to take part in all four Olympic women's hockey tournaments.
Botterill skated with the Crimson from 1999 to 2003, taking the 2001-02 season off to compete with the Canadian Olympic team at the Salt Lake City Games. Her 340 career points on 157 goals and 183 assists, stands as the highest career point total in Harvard team history and her 157 career goals is also a team-high mark. She holds numerous NCAA records including points scored in a game (10), assists in a game (7, twice), points per game in a season (3.50) and in a career (3.07) and career goals per game (1.44). She won the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as a junior in 2001, and became the only player to ever win the award twice when she won it again as a senior in 2003.
She was named Beanpot MVP three times and was part of four Beanpot championship squads. After receiving ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, she was named league Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior, collecting All-ECAC first-team nods all four years. She was also named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 1999 and received three subsequent Player of the Year honors. She helped Harvard to two Ivy titles (1999, 2003), two ECAC regular season titles (1999, 2003), an ECAC tournament title (1999), two NCAA Frozen Four appearances (2001, 2003) and an AWCHA National Championship in 1999.
With Team Canada, Botterill played 184 games, which stands as the third-highest total in team history and her 174 points on 65 goals and 109 assists is good for fifth in team annals. She helped the Canadians capture gold medals at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games and led them to a silver medal in Nagano in 1998, the first Olympic women's hockey tournament. She earned seven Four Nations Cups titles with the Canadian squad and was a five-time world champion at the IIHF World Women's Championship.
"Jen had an unbelievable hockey career, the kind every player dreams of," said Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. "We wish her the best as she walks into the next stage of her life. She will always be one of Harvard's greatest."