Potter in U.S. Hall of Fame

Minnesota Duluth all-time women’s scoring leader Jenny Potter of Edina, Minn., was part of the Class of 2009 enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. The 37th induction ceremony took place at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston.

Potter, 30, was a 19-year-old center on the 1998 U.S. team that won an Olympic gold medal in the first year women’s hockey became part of the Olympic program in Nagano, Japan.

The 1998 team was inducted along with men’s players Tony Amonte, Tom Barrasso and John LeClair, and ice-resurfacing originator Frank Zamboni. Their achievements will be recognized in permanent displays in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth.

The American women finished 6-0 in 1998 and defeated Canada 3-1 in the Olympic championship game. Potter, a mother of two, is seeking to be part of her fourth Olympic team at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. At UMD from 1999-2000 and 2002-04, she recorded 108 goals and 148 assists for 256 points in 102 games.

“I still feel like I have more to give,” Potter, the former Jenny Schmidgall, told USA Today in April. “I feel like I’m still becoming a better player, and I can help this team out. I still love the game of hockey.”