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Maria Rooth (born 2 November 1979 in ÄngelholmSweden) is a Swedish ice hockey player. She is the only University of Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey player to have her jersey retired above the ice of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Rooth is alternate captain and one of the most experienced players on the Swedish national team, which she has been a part of since 1996.

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Playing career[edit]Edit

NCAA[edit]Edit

Rooth played collegiate hockey for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program. Rooth is ranked second in all-time leading scoring in Bulldogs history and was named to the WCHA All-Decade team in 2009.[1]

Rooth is the Bulldogs’ all-time leading goal scorer with 119 career goals and ranks second in career points with 232. She was a three-time All-American (2001, 2002, 2003) and a three time First Team All-WCHA selection. In addition, she was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2000. During the 2000-01 season, Rooth was named the Most Valuable Player of the Frozen Four, and the MVP of the WCHA Tournament that same season. On January 21, 2011, Rooth, along with Bulldog alumni Caroline Ouellette and Jenny Potter took part in a ceremonial faceoff to mark the first ever game at Amsoil Arena.[2]

International[edit]Edit

Rooth is a four-time Team Sweden Olympian. She has accumulated nine goals and nine assists in 20 games during her Olympic career, and has played more than 260 games for Team Sweden over the past 12 years. At the 2009 IIHF World Championship, Rooth Netted her 100th career international goal, a first for a Team Sweden player.[3]

2006 Winter Olympics[edit]Edit

Rooth participated in the 2006 Turin Olympics. Alongside goaltender Kim Martin, she was instrumental in Sweden's upset against United States in the semi-final game. She scored two goals in regulation time, which completed the comeback and then the clinching goal in the ensuing shootout.

At the games as a whole, she scored five goals, four assists, for a total of nine points. These totals are fourth overall at those Olympics, tied for highest non-Canadian player, and the highest among European players. She had a plus-minus of +1 and two penalty minutes[1] She was also named one of the tournament's top forwards.

Coaching[edit]Edit

Rooth returned to Duluth as an assistant coach for the Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs women's ice hockey program during the 2010-11 season.

Awards and honors[edit]Edit

  • WCHA Team of the Decade (2000’s) [4]
  • Three-time Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  • Three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted in 2013.
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