Little League® Hall of Excellence Honorees with a History of Olympic Hockey Hardware
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia enter the home stretch, some of the most anticipated action in the final days is on the hockey ice. And two of the legends of USA Hockey National teams are two of the legends of the Little League Baseball® World Series.
When both the men’s and women’s USA Hockey National teams were on the podium at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, two of those players receiving their silver medals had already seen success on the baseball field, Chris Drury and Krissy Wendell-Pohl.
Drury became a legend of the Little League Baseball World Series when he pitched in the 1989 Championship Game, scattering five hits, as his Trumbull National Little League of Trumbull, Conn. defeated Kang-Tu Little League of Chinese Taipei, 5-2. After Little League, Drury shifted his focus to hockey, becoming a standout in college and the pros. He played on the USA Hockey National team for the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, winning silver medals in 2002 and 2010.
In 1994, Wendell-Pohl became the fifth girl to play in the Little League Baseball World Series, when her Brooklyn Center Little League of Brooklyn Center, Minn., made it to South Williamsport. Her hockey career lead to a standout career at the University of Minnesota and appearances on the 2002 and 2006 USA National teams, winning the silver in 2002 and bronze in 2006.
While their sports careers lead them to the ice, both Drury and Wendell-Pohl have been back to the diamond. In 2004, Wendell-Pohl was enshrined in the Little League® Hall of Excellence. Drury joined her in the Hall in 2009, and he is also currently a member of the Little League International Board of Directors.