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Penguins Scout Wendell-Pohl Headed to Hall of Fame

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Pittsburgh Penguins scout Krissy Wendell-Pohl

The Pittsburgh Penguins, in case it escaped your notice, have a female amateur scout. And now they have a female amateur scout headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame, as Krissy Wendell-Pohl was named as part of the 2024 class of inductees on Tuesday.

Wendell-Pohl is the first woman with ties to the Penguins to be inducted, and the 22nd overall with ties to the franchise.

Hired by the Penguins in 2021, Wendell-Pohl is part of the contingent preparing for this week’s NHL draft in Las Vegas. Her foray into the scouting side of hockey comes after a stellar playing career as a forward.

She is a two-time Olympian for the United States and captained the U.S. to its first gold at the World Championship in 2005. In all, she was part of a team that won that gold plus five silver medals at the Worlds.

Wendell-Pohl also co-captained Minnesota to NCAA championships in 2004 and 2005. As a senior, she compiled 104 points in 40 games and received the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female college player.

“During our amateur scouting meeting in Vegas [Tuesday] getting set for the draft we received the news that Krissy was being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which allowed us to celebrate the moment together with Krissy. Krissy is one of the most humble people that you will meet in the game and everyone on our staff is so happy to see her tremendous career honored with the announcement of her induction,” Penguins president of hockey operations and general manger Kyle Dubas said in a press release. “Krissy is an admired by her peers and colleagues across hockey. Her resume as a player, coach and executive speaks for itself and we would like to congratulate her on this much-deserved recognition of her talent and influence on the sport of hockey.”

The 2024 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be Nov. 11 in Toronto. The others in this year’s class are players Natalie Darwitz, Pavel Datsyuk, Jeremy Roenick and Shea Weber, and builders Colin Campbell and David Poile.

During a teleconference with the inductees, Wendell-Pohl addressed being elected along with not only another woman but also someone she is close to in Darwitz.

“I got emotional when ‘Dar’ was also being inducted,” Wendell-Pohl said. “Our lives have been pretty tight since we joined the U.S. team together, [and] we played at the University of [Minnesota] together.

“All of us have great teammates and people that have got us there. But just to be able to celebrate with that person in this type of capacity, I think it has an extra special meaning to it.”

Campbell, while he is entering the Hall in the builder category for his time as a league executive, played 184 games over three seasons with the Penguins in the mid- to late 1970s.