Friday Flashback: Dreyer helps USA win Olympic bronze in 2006
The first Alaskan to play hockey in the Olympics, Eagle River’s Pam Dreyer won a bronze medal with Team USA as a goaltender at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy.
She also owns a silver medal from the 2004 World Championships, making her one of the most decorated Alaska athletes of all-time.
Dreyer, of Chugiak High fame, became a national name at Brown University, where she racked up a 40-23-8 record from 2000 to 2003.
As a sophomore, she led the NCAA with .941 save percentage and seven shutouts.
As a junior, she led Brown to the ECAC Championship and a Frozen Four appearance.
By 2004, she was the No. 1 goalie in the country.
Dreyer was at her best at the 2004 World Championships, where she earned all-tournament recognition and handed Canada its first-ever loss in tournament history with a 26-save performance in Team USA’s 3-1 win.
She finished second in the tournament with a .929 save percentage.
Dreyer tore her rotator cuff at the end of the 2004 while diving to make a save during a game against Canada. She underwent two surgeries and eight months of rehab to get back to the team.
Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.