Cahow Named USOC Athlete of the Month
Honors Come on Heels of Second Straight World Title for Team USA
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After defending its world title for the first time at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship last month, the U.S. Women's National Team was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Month for April. In addition, Caitlin Cahow (Branford, Conn.) was honored as the USOC's Athlete of the Month.
It is the fifth of such honors for the U.S. Women's National Program in the last 16 months, as the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team also garnered the award in January of both 2008 and 2009, the U.S. Women's National Team received the nod in April 2008 and the U.S. Women's Select Team was honored in November 2008.
At the 2009 IIHF World Women's Championship, which took place in Hameenlinna, Finland, from April 4-12, the U.S. Women's National Team topped rival Canada in the gold-medal game by a decisive 4-1 score. With the championship, the U.S. moved up to No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time since the system was introduced in 2004. The U.S. squad posted a 4-0-0-1 record and outscored opponents 28-3 in the tournament.
Cahow played both forward and defense at the world championship and anchored the U.S. power play and penalty kill during the run to the title. She totaled six points (2-4) in five games, including two goals in the gold-medal game. She scored the first goal :24 into the contest and was named the U.S. Player of the Game in the 4-1 championship victory.
photos Janos Schmidt