Oct. 21, 2005
Yale head coach Hilary Witt was inducted into Northeastern's Hall of Fame Friday night. Witt graduated from Northeastern in 2001 as the most prolific scorer in Husky hockey history and was a three-time Kazmaier Award finalist.
As a freshman Witt helped the Huskies to a 27-9 season and the 1997 ECAC Championship. Witt scored two goals, including the game winner, in the 3-2 title win over New Hampshire and was named the tournament MVP. She led the team in scoring that season with 24 goals.
In Witt's sophomore season she led the team in scoring once again with 32 goals, and her 58 points ranked in the nation's top 10. She earned Kazmaier nominee status and was voted All-ECAC. The team went 26-6-5 and qualified for the ECAC Tournament and the semifinals of the first women's hockey National Championship.
As a junior, Witt once again led NU with 27 goals, was in the nation's top 10 in scoring and was a Kazmaier nominee. The team went 25-7-3 and went onto the ECAC Tournament.
Witt captained Northeastern's 2000 team to a 22-9-3 season and another post-season appearance. She led NU in scoring with 30 goals for the fourth consecutive year, was in the nation's top 10, and was voted All-ECAC. Also, for the third year in a row she was a Kazmaier candidate.
Witt rewrote the NU career record book. Her 113 goals and 208 points still rank first at NU and her 95 assists are good for third. She held the second, third, and 10th-best single scoring marks at NU and still holds the record for career power play goals with 33.
During the 2000 season, Witt was invited to play for the United States Select Team but turned down the honor because she felt a captain should not desert her team during the season. During her four-year career Northeastern went 100-31-11 and made the post-season every year.
In the hockey season of 2000-01, Witt was a member of the United States National Team, which won Silver at the World Championship. In May of 2002, she was named head coach at Yale and in her first season she was voted ECAC Coach of the Year.