"When you think women's hockey, you think Cammi Granato. She's one of the pioneers. The one who opened the doors. So many little girls wanted to be Cammi Granato."
-- Mike Eruzione, captain of 1980 Miracle on Ice team
If Cammi Granato was not the best female hockey player ever, then she was almost certainly the most recognizable.
When women's hockey took to the main stage of the 1998 Olympic games, Granato was fawned over as the sister of NHL role player Tony Granato. By the end of the Olympics everyone recognized Cammi as the best American female player, if not the best in the world.
By the time her career ended, she was women's hockey's all time leading scorer, tallying 54 goals and 96 points in 54 international games. Her trophy case included 1 Olympic gold and 1 silver, as well as 1 World Championship gold and 8 silver.
In 2007 she was honoured with the NHL’s Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S. She was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame in 2008. And now in 2010 she joins Angela James as the first women inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Read the full Hall of Fame story of Cammi Granato.
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