One of the most influential US players in CWHL history, Caitlin Cahow has retired from the US National Team. The winner of the 2008 Bob Allen Award (given to the most outstanding women’s player in the United States), Cahow is only the second born US captain to lead a team to the Clarkson Cup (which she did with the Boston Blades in 2013), Cahow is a living legend in American women’s hockey circles.
Her debut with the Boston Blades came on October 30, 2010 in a contest against the Burlington Barracudas. While she was held pointless in a 3-0 win, her following game would yield impressive results. Cahow would log one goal and two assists as part of a 6-4 triumph on Halloween 2010. She would finish her inaugural season with the Blades with 13 points in 23 games.
For the 2012-13 campaign, Cahow would inherit the team’s captaincy and help the Blades to their first regular season championship. Having logged 14 points, her maturity and acumen were key factors in the black and gold enjoying a magical season. Her leadership will continue to be the foundation for a Blades club looking to repeat in 2014.
Digit Murphy, the Boston Blades head coach and general manager stated, “Caitlin Cahow has been a driving force in the CWHL’s presence in the US. Her experience and leadership have been paramount in the exciting success that has brought the Boston Blades to our championship status. Caitlin's relentless intensity and never quit attitude made her the three-time Olympian and Professional Sports Champion that all young female athletes should emulate.“
The 2013 Clarkson Cup was not Cahow’s first experience playing for the coveted Cup. She competed in the first ever Clarkson Cup in 2009 as a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps, playing alongside Julie Chu, Jenny Potter and Angela Ruggiero. Cahow would win the award as Top Defender in 2009, respectively.
Cahow also competed in two Winter Games competitions, where she would win silver (Vancouver 2010, where she logged four points) and a bronze medal (Torino 2006). In 2006, she would also captain the US Under-22 Select Team for a series against Canada’s Under-22 contingent. These accomplishments merely scratch the surface of what Cahow has accomplished while donning the USA jersey.
With the US National Women’s Team, Cahow would make her debut with the US senior team at the 2005 Four Nations Cup in a silver medal effort. This would come shortly after the US defeated Canada for the first time to claim gold at the 2005 IIHF Women’s Worlds. Cahow would claim her own gold medals at the IIHF Worlds in 2008, 2009 and 2011. In addition, she would score twice in the gold medal game against Canada in 2009.
Ivy League educated (she accumulated 113 points with the Harvard Crimson); Cahow is currently studying law at Boston College. While the US National Team has lost one of its finest ambassadors, they have gained a role medal whose remarkable legacy will be one for the next generation of players to look up to.