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US Olympic Gold Medalist, Hannah Brandt, Added to Staff

By Admin, 06/02/21, 7:30AM EDT


Boston, MA -  The Boston Lady Whalers program is excited to continue adding valuable pieces to our unrivaled staff of women who have played the game at the highest levels - and are thrilled to announce that U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Hannah Brandt, will be joining the staff effective immediately. 

“We are ecstatic to welcome Hannah Brandt to our coaching staff.  Hannah’s accolades as a player on the ice, and a person off of the ice, surmount her stellar reputation in both fashions.  We are thoroughly excited to have Hannah's knowledge & communication ability, coupled with her personal playing experience help guide our Boston Lady Whalers players and families through the next few years as they pave their own paths & next chapters. Hannah will join our teams in Blaine later this month at the ORION Series’ North American Female Elite Showcase - and will be a large part of what we are building moving forward.   We are overly excited to have her behind the bench in the orange and green", - Dana Trivigno.

"As we expand our female program, we will continue striving to be the industry's leader in pairing our players with the most accomplished female hockey players/role models on the planet as their guiding mentors.  Today is an exciting day as we welcome Hannah Brandt to our staff.  Hannah's accomplishments as a hockey player exceed those of her male counterparts who have won the Stanley Cup - it's truly admirable what she has accomplished thus far in her career as an athlete.  The Boston Lady Whalers program has always prided itself on having our top young female players being guided by women who have tackled the highest hurdles and largest accomplishments in the sport, and not having "another Dad behind the bench". Having Hannah on board as we grow and expand our offerings is instrumental, and I'm personally appreciative of her willingness to be a part of our girls' development." - Mike Cusack

Get to know Coach Hannah a little better by watching this short video of her skating with the NHL's Minnesota Wild as our coaches and their colleagues continue to break down barriers! 

To read more about Coach Hannah, and her countless accomplishments, please see the bullet points below:


  • Represented the U.S. in Olympic Games (2018-Gold Medal)
  • As a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, has earned a spot on six International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship teams (2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021) and played in five (gold-2015, 2017, 2019; silver-2012), as well as four Four Nations Cups (1st: 2016, 2017, 2018; 2nd-2014) and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series (2011)
  • Additionally, played in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship (gold), three Under-22 Series vs. Canada (2012, 2014, 2015), and the 2010 Under-18 Series vs. Canada
  • Has represented the U.S. in various other international events, including the 2019-20 Rivalry Series, the 2019 Rivalry Series, and The Time Is Now Tour, presented by Toyota (2017)
  •  Helped the University of Minnesota to three Division I national championships (2013, 2015, 2016)
  •  Named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 four years in a row during her time at Minnesota
  • Led her team to four-straight conference titles and a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Minnesota State High School Tournament 

recent International Career highlights

2021 IIHF Women's World Championship

Initially named to team roster in March 2021, tournament has been postponed to August 2021

2020 IIHF Women's World Championship

  • Tournament was canceled by the IIHF due to the global pandemic

2018 Olympic Winter Games (gold)

  • Played in five games and recorded a goal and an assist

2017 IIHF Women's World Championship (gold)

  • Scored the game-winning goal against Finland in the preliminary round and was named U.S. Player of the Game

2017 Four Nations Cup (1st)

  • Scored two goals to help the U.S. to victory in the championship game against Canada and was named U.S. Player of the Game.

2016 Four Nations Cup 

  • Netted a pair of goals in four games and was named U.S. Player of the Game against Sweden.

2015 Under-22 Series vs. Canada

  • Led team in scoring with three points in three games. Two of her three goals were game winners, including one in overtime in game three


Amateur Career highlights

Played four seasons at the University of Minnesota (WCHA):

2015-16 (Senior)

Named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-10 finalist for the fourth straight season

  • Selected as a First Team All-American, All-WCHA First Team, WCHA Preseason Player of the Year

  • Named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team

  • Led the team to its second consecutive NCAA title as co-captain of the Gophers

2014-15 (Junior)

Selected as a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-three finalist, AHCA/CCM First Team All-American, All-USCHO First Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team, WCHA Player of the Year, All-WCHA First Team, WCHA Preseason Player of the Year, WCHA Scholar Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team

  • Named the NCAA Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player to lead Minnesota to the NCAA championship title

  • Led the WCHA in scoring

  • Ranked second in the NCAA with 74 points


2013-14 (Sophomore)

  • Named a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

  • Named a AHCA/CCM First-Team All American, WCHA Player of the Year, All-WCHA First Team, All-USCHO First Team, WCHA

    Preseason Player of the Year

  • Led the league in scoring
  • Earned WCHA Scholar Athlete, WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten honors
  • Led the country in assists with 42
  • Ranked second in the nation in points with 65


2012-13 (Freshman)

Set a program freshman record with 82 points

Named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist Rookie of the Year Second Team and WCHA Rookie of the Year