Feb. 28, 2010
STORRS, Conn. - On Feb. 13 with a 4-1 victory over then-No. 8/9 Providence, University of Connecticut women's ice hockey head coach Heather Linstad reached the 300-career victory plateau. Linstad was honored for this incredible achievement on Sunday at the men's basketball game against Louisville at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
Linstad became one of just three Division I women's ice hockey coaches to achieve 300 or more wins. Entering the season, she was ranked third among active coaches with 281 victories and was fifth on the all-time list. Her 300th victory launched the then-No. 7/7 Huskies into a three-way first place tie for the Hockey East standing lead with a 10-4-5-1 conference record.
Overall, in NCAA women's ice hockey at both the Division I and Division III level, there are only four head coaches to have won 300 or more games. Katey Stone at Harvard and Digit Murphy at Brown are the only two Division I women's ice hockey coaches to have recorded 300 or more victories behind the bench.
Linstad became only the fourth women's ice hockey head coach in the NCAA to tally 200 victories on Nov. 13, 2004. At the time UConn extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over North Dakota. She won her 100th game behind the Connecticut bench on Feb. 23, 2008 in a Hockey East game against Maine.
The Huskies were ranked eighth in the nation at the time and boasted a 21-5-5 overall record with a 12-3-3 conference record. Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.), Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.), Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Jody Sydor (St. Alberta, Alta.) all got on the board in that game. Hollstein finished the Maine game was responsible for the game-winning goal and an assist.
Hollstein assisted the gamewinner against Providence on Feb. 13 from classmate Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont.). Chaisson and Murphy also had assists in the 300th game.
Prior to building the women's ice hockey program at Connecticut, Linstad started her coaching career at Northeastern where she amassed a 161-72-27 record in eight season at the helm. She achieved her 100th career coaching victory during the 1997-98 season with a 4-3 victory over Providence. Current UConn assistant coach Jaime Totten was a captain on that Northeastern squad. It was a season after Linstad led those Huskies to Beanpot and ECAC titles.
Her career record now stands at 301-216-67 with a 140-146-40 at Connecticut. Linstad will lead the Huskies against Providence on Saturday, March 6 at noon in the Hockey East Tournament Semifinal. No. 8/7 UConn defeated No. 7/8 Northeastern 4-1 on Feb. 27 to secure a spot in the semifinals at Schneider Arena.
Linstad Coaching Milestones
300th Career Victory
Feb. 13, 2010 against Providence, 4-1
200th Career Victory
Nov. 13, 2004 against North Dakota, 5-2
100th Victory at UConn
Feb. 23, 2008 against Maine, 7-2
100th Career Victory
Jan. 3, 1998 against Providence, 4-3