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Local Address:  New York City , New York , United States
I-Flow Corporation
20202 Windrow Drive
Lake Forest , California 92630
United States

Company Description: I-Flow Corporation (I-Flow) is engaged in designing, developing and marketing drug delivery systems and surgical products for post-surgical pain relief and surgical...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Greenwich High
  • Greenwich High School
  • degree , psychology and sociology
    University of New Hampshire
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1990 Greenwich High graduate and Olympic gold and silver medalist Sue Merz is inducted into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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1990 Greenwich High graduate and Olympic gold and silver medalist Sue Merz is inducted into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella. The Creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame has been a longstanding goal for many in the town's sports community looking to celebrate Greenwich High School's standing as a perennial athletic powerhouse. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue Merz & Zeke Bella.
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The first Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Reception was held at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013, honoring Steve Young, Sue
1990 Greenwich High graduate and Olympic ...
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1990 Greenwich High graduate and Olympic gold and silver medalist Sue Merz is inducted into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
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1990 Greenwich High graduate and Olympic gold and silver medalist Sue Merz is inducted into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, Conn. on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
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Merz, class of 1990, played defense in two Winter Olympics for the U.S. women's hockey team. She earned a gold medal at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, and a silver four years later in Salt Lake City.
She had been honored at the Hyatt before, by the Fairfield County Sports Commission and the Old Timers Athletic Association of Greenwich. "But this one feels different," Merz said, "just because I lived it in Greenwich ... it's more home."
She was introduced Sunday by the captains of the GHS girls' hockey team, a touch of irony in that Greenwich did not have a girls' squad when Merz was there. She honed her ice skills with the Connecticut Polar Bears travel team, while leaving her mark at GHS in field hockey, softball and lacrosse.
"The girls finally got a team in 1998, the same year I played in the Olympics," Merz said. "A little piece of me feels like I had a little something to do with it, with bringing girls' hockey to Greenwich High."
Merz now works in sales for I-Flow, an acute post-operative pain management division of Kimberly-Clark.
But, until now, the athletic accomplishments ...
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But, until now, the athletic accomplishments of Greenwich High School alumni Steve Young, Sue Merz and John "Zeke" Bella have not been enshrined at their alma mater.
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"I'm very excited," Merz told Greenwich Time.
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Merz was a standout defenseman on the United States' 1998 and 2002 women's ice hockey teams, which respectively won gold and silver medals at the winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City. A 1990 Greenwich High graduate, Merz now works in sales for I-Flow, an acute post-operative pain management division of Kimberly-Clark.
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Before those remarks, Merz will be introduced by the Greenwich High girls ice hockey team captains, Young by the school's football captains and Bella by the school's baseball captains.
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The event will also include a silent auction of items such as New York Giants tickets, a helmet and jersey signed by Young and hockey sticks signed by Merz.
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Merz was a standout defenseman on the United States' 1998 and 2002 women's ice hockey teams, which respectively won gold and silver medals at the winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and Salt Lake City. A 1990 Greenwich High graduate, Merz now works in sales for I-Flow, an acute post-operative pain...
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Q&A with Sue Merz
Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich ...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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Tom Penders, of Stratford, representing his father Jim Penders; David Strong, of Monroe; Ed Finnegan, of Stratford; Sue Merz, of Greenwich; and Wes Matthews, of Bridgeport; were announced as the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Tom Penders, of Stratford, representing his father Jim Penders; David Strong, of Monroe; Ed Finnegan, of Stratford; Sue Merz, of Greenwich; and Wes Matthews, of Bridgeport; were announced as the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, before she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, before she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, smiles after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, smiles after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, laughs with Ed Finnegan, of Stratford, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, laughs with Ed Finnegan, of Stratford, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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STAMFORD -- Greenwich native Sue Merz began her athletic career as a wide-eyed, 6-year-old goalie trying to keep up with the boys in the neighborhood.
"We had a big neighborhood full of boys, and street hockey was one of the sports we played," Merz said. "They would throw me in net as a goalie and would keep shooting tennis balls at me."
It wasn't too long before the young girl playing street hockey with the boys was helping the U.S. women's hockey team win the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
"I'm sure some of those boys take ownership today at my success. I know my brother did," Merz said. "I think they all played a part in helping me get better as an athlete."
Also a member of the U.S. team that claimed the silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, Merz was one of six sports figures honored at the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Broad Street on Thursday. Merz; Bridgeport native and former NBA player Wes Matthews; longtime softball star Ed Finnegan, of Stratford; and former high school and collegiate basketball star Harold Jensen, of Trumbull, were announced as this year's inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, along with former Masuk High girls basketball coach Dave Strong and the late coaching great Jim Penders Sr.
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Merz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame's Jackie Robinson Professional Wing at the Fairfield County Sports Commission's eighth annual Sports Night Awards Dinner Oct. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
"It's great. I've been a part of this foundation for some time and have watched wonderful athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Merz, who is on the advisory board of the Fairfield County Sports Commission. "I'm excited to be included among those great athletes."
A 1990 Greenwich High graduate who grew up in Glenville, Merz played hockey with the boys on the Greenwich Blues, while also displaying her prowess in baseball, softball and lacrosse.
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"My father was a sports fan who drove me to Hartford every weekend in the winter from when I was 14 to 16 years old," Merz said. "There was no team to play for here, so my father had to put in so many hours each week to get me where I needed to go to play."
One of the University of New Hampshire's premier hockey players, Merz made the U.S. National Hockey Team as a 17-year-old in 1990, holding her spot on the squad until 2002. The 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano dominated the highlight reel for Merz.
"Aside from winning it, the opening ceremonies were awesome beyond words," said Merz, who registered one goal and five assists in the 1998 Olympics. "Walking through the tunnel with 80,000 people there was so emotional. It was monumental in my world."
Merz, who lives in Milford and is employed by I-Flow -- a company offering medical devices -- also relished her experience at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Canada took the gold that year.
"Our second Olympics, we were a more seasoned team, and being on our home turf made it extra special," she said. "We had a phenomenal team that year and were so dominant. We just weren't at our best the last game of the season, which was unfortunate. But we still came home with the silver medal."
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX -- an amendment that protects against sex discrimination in athletics as well as many other aspects of education. Merz said she knows how significant Title IX has been for women's athletics.
"I am a product of Title IX, and some of my colleagues and teammates are for sure," said Merz, who is getting married in September.
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[...] a member of the U.S. team that claimed the silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, Merz was one of six sports figures honored at the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Broad Street on Thursday. Merz; Bridgeport native and former NBA player...
Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich ...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 ...
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Tom Penders, of Stratford, representing his father Jim Penders; David Strong, of Monroe; Ed Finnegan, of Stratford; Sue Merz, of Greenwich; and Wes Matthews, of Bridgeport; were announced as the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Tom Penders, of Stratford, representing his father Jim Penders; David Strong, of Monroe; Ed Finnegan, of Stratford; Sue Merz, of Greenwich; and Wes Matthews, of Bridgeport; were announced as the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, before she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, before she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, smiles after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, smiles after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, speaks after she was announced as one of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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David Strong, of Monroe, speaks with Sue Merz, a native of...
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, laughs with Ed Finnegan, of Stratford, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998 U.S. women's hockey team, laughs with Ed Finnegan, of Stratford, after they were announced as two of the six inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at the University of Connecticut in Stamford Thursday, June 28, 2012.
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Sue Merz, a native of Greenwich and gold medalist with the 1998...
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STAMFORD -- Greenwich native Sue Merz began her athletic career as a wide-eyed, 6-year-old goalie trying to keep up with the boys in the neighborhood.
"We had a big neighborhood full of boys and street hockey was one of the sports we played," Merz said. "They would throw me in net as a goalie and would keep shooting tennis balls at me."
It wasn't too long before the young girl playing street hockey with the boys was helping the U.S. women's hockey team win the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
"I'm sure some of those boys take ownership today at my success, I know my brother did," Merz said. "I think they all played a part in helping me get better as an athlete."
Also a member of the U.S. team that claimed the silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, Merz was one of six sports figures honored at the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Broad Street Thursday. Merz, Bridgeport native and former NBA player Wes Matthews; longtime softball star Ed Finnegan of Stratford and former high school and collegiate basketball star Harold Jensen from Trumbull, were announced as this year's inductees into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, along with former Masuk High girls basketball coach Dave Strong and the late coaching great Jim Penders Sr.
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Merz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame's Jackie Robinson Professional Wing at the Fairfield County Sports Commission's eighth annual Sports Night Awards Dinner Oct. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.
"It's great, I've been a part of this foundation for some time and have watched wonderful athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Merz, who is on the advisory board of the Fairfield County Sports Commission. "I'm excited to be included among those great athletes."
A 1990 Greenwich High graduate who grew up in Glenville, Merz played hockey with the boys on the Greenwich Blues, while also displaying her prowess in baseball, softball and lacrosse.
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"My father was a sports fan, who drove me to Hartford every weekend in the winter from when I was 14 to 16 years old," Merz said. "There was no team to play for here, so my father had to put in so many hours each week to get me where I needed to go to play."
One of the University of New Hampshire's premier hockey players, Merz made the U.S. National Hockey Team as a 17-year-old in 1990, holding her spot on the squad until 2002. The 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano dominated the highlight reel for Merz.
"Aside from winning it, the opening ceremonies were awesome beyond words," said Merz, who registered one goal and five assists in the 1998 Olympics. "Walking through the tunnel with 80,000 people there was so emotional. It was monumental in my world."
Merz, who lives in Milford and is employed by I-Flow -- a company offering medical devices -- also relished her experience at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Canada took the gold that year.
"Our second Olympics, we were a more seasoned team and being on our home turf made it extra special," she said. "We had a phenomenal team that year and were so dominant. We just weren't at our best the last game of the season, which was unfortunate. But we still came home with the silver medal."
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX -- an amendment that protects against sex discrimination in athletics as well as many other aspects of education. Merz said she knows how significant Title IX has been for women's athletics.
"I am a product of Title IX and some of my colleagues and teammates are for sure," said Merz, who is getting married in September.
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[...] a member of the U.S. team that claimed the silver medal in the 2002 Olympics, Merz was one of six sports figures honored at the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame at University of Connecticut's Stamford campus on Broad Street Thursday. Merz, Bridgeport native and former NBA player Wes...
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