Brown women’s ice hockey has had seven players compete in the Winter Olympic Games. Defenseman Becky Kellar ’97 of Canada has had the most Olympic appearances, representing the Canadians four times - 1998 Nagano Games, the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the 2006 Torino Games, and the 2010 Vancouver Games. Forward Katie King ’97 of the United States has represented her country three times — at the 1998 Nagano Games, the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, and the 2006 Torino Games. Tara Mounsey ’02.5 is a veteran of the 1998 and 2002 Games for the U.S. team, while Chie Chie Sakuma ’94 (Japan – 1998), Kathleen Kauth ’01, Kim Insalaco ’03 and Pam Dreyer ’03 (United States – 2006) have all participated in the Games once.
At the 1998 Nagano Games, Mounsey and King helped the United States capture the first gold medal in women’s ice hockey, defeating Canada 3-1 in the gold medal game. King led the 6-0 United States in scoring with four goals and four assists, while Mounsey had two goals and two assists over the six games. Kellar had one goal and two assists for the silver-medalists, who went 4-2. Sakuma, whose Japanese team placed sixth, played a key role in promoting the Games, appearing in numerous ESPN commercials.
In 2002, Kellar’s Canadian team got its revenge, defeating the Americans in the gold medal game, 3-2. Kellar had one assist and a +6 rating en route to winning the gold. King and Mounsey each had seven points over the five games — King on four goals and three assists, Mounsey on seven assists.
The Bears had their largest representation yet at the 2006 Olympics, as Kauth, Insalaco and Dreyer joined King on the U.S. team and Kellar returned for her third go-round. Again, Canada won the gold, defeating Sweden 4-1 in the gold medal game. The United States won the bronze, defeating Finland 4-0 as King scored three times for a hat trick. Kellar finished the tournament with one assist, while King finished with six goals, a team high, and two assists for eight points. Dreyer did not allow a goal in two games, stopping 10 shots.
In 2010, Kellar appeared in her final Olympic Games, winning the gold medal with Team Canada. Kellar was just one of four Canadian women to participate in the first four Olympic Games and was the oldest player in the 2010 gold medal game.
Becky Kellar '97 playing for Team Canada (top) and Kim Insalaco '03 on the U.S. bronze medal squad in 2006.