First came the Learn-To-Skate program. Then, she skated one season with the mites in Derry before enrolling in the Manchester Flames organization. For most of that time, it was hockey with all boys. The girls’ programs in New Hampshire back then were still few and far between.
By the time Tricia Dunn was a junior at Pinkerton Academy, she was skating in an out-of-state women’s/girl’s program-in Chelmsford, MA-for a team called the Lions.
By that time, her talent was easily seen and her destiny was to become one of the all-time greats among women hockey players at the University of New Hampshire, followed by her play as a forward with the US Women’s Olympic and National teams.
Following her two seasons skating with the Lions, it seemed a natural union: Tricia and UNH. And it was. When those four years came to an end in 1996, she had played 108 games and scored 117 points-60 goals and 57 assists. Her best single-point season was 1995 when she potted 23 goals and added 27 assists.
In her senior year, she was named to the all tournament team after UNH won the ECAC title in five overtimes. That game against Providence still ranks as the longest game in collegiate history at 145 minutes and 35 seconds.
Tricia was inducted into the UNH Hall of Fame in 2003.
She went on to play for the U.S. Women’s National Program from 1996 through 2006, during which time she skated in three Olympic Winters Games, five International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championships and nine Three/Four Nations Cups, among other events.
When the American women won the Olympic gold medal at Nagano, Japan in 1998, Tricia potted the goal that beat the Canadian women in the last round-robin game. That win gave the team a 5-0 record going into the medal round. She also played on the US Olympic team in 2002 and 2006, where she captured silver and bronze medals, respectively. While she was wearing a team USA jersey, she played in 196 games, scoring 56 goals and 48 assists.
She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 1992 and also is enshrined in that school’s Hall of Fame.
Tricia also had a brief professional career (2005-06 and 2006-07) playing with the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women’s Hockey League, scoring 57 points in 39 games.
Tricia Dunn-Luoma Class of 2008.