The 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner will be announced on Friday (March 27) at 1:30 p.m. ET. on USA Hockey's YouTube and Facebook channels. An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, Que./Clarkson University), Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland/Northeastern University) and Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./University of Wisconsin) have been named top-three finalists for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, it was announced today by the USA Hockey Foundation.
The 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be unveiled live on March 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET on USA Hockey's YouTube and Facebook pages.
Ranks second in nation in points with 36 goals, 29 assists and 65 points, averaging 1.81 points per game … Ranks first in the NCAA in goals (36) … Ranks first in the ECAC in goals and points… Leads ECAC and the NCAA in game-winning goals with 10 … NCAA First Star (Jan. 28)… ECAC Hockey Player of the Month – (Nov., Jan) … ECAC Hockey Player of the Week (Dec. 2, Jan. 27) … MVP Windjammer Classic – 11/30… Windjammer Classic All-Tournament Team – 11/30… ECAC Preseason All-League Team … Participates annually in Skate with a Knight and Potsdam Community Clean-Up … Volunteers at various events at Potsdam Elementary School including Power of Positivity … Takes part in volunteer opportunities like Smart Cookies Enriched Program and Clarkson Women’s Hockey Lil’ Knights Club … Has a 2.99 GPA while majoring in global supply chain management.
Ranks tied for third in the NCAA with 25 goals, 35 assists and 60 points, averaging 1.67 points per game … Ranks fourth in assists in NCAA (35) … Ranks tied for fourth in goal-scoring in nation (25) … Her goal, assist and point totals rank first in the Hockey East Association … Her nine game-winning goals rank first in the Hockey East Association and second in the NCAA … Four-time Hockey East Player of the Week (Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Jan. 27, Feb. 3) … Two-time Hockey East Player of the Month (September/October, January) … WHCA National Player of the Month (January) … NCAA Second Star (Jan. 28) … NCAA Third Star (Feb. 4) … Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk volunteer … Has a 3.37 GPA while majoring in behavioral neuroscience.
Ranks seventh in scoring in the NCAA with 25 goals, 32 assists and 57 points, averaging 1.68 points per game … Ranks tied for fourth in goal-scoring in the NCAA (25) … Her 32 assists rank seventh in NCAA ... Ranks tied for first in WCHA in power-play goals (8) … Her 25 goals rank tied for second while her 57 points rank fourth in the WCHA … 2019-20 All-WCHA First Team selection ... 2020 Preseason All-WCHA Team … Preseason WCHA Co-Player of the Year … WCHA Forward of the Month (Dec.) … NCAA First Star of the Week (Nov. 19) … NCAA Third Star of the Week (Dec. 9) … Two-time WCHA Forward of the Week (Nov. 19, Dec. 9) … Volunteers and participates in Badger Brain Breaks, Upside Down Day, Badgers Give Back and Caleb’s Pitch … Has a 3.38 GPA while majoring in marketing.
Patty Kazmaier represented the spirit, character and on- and off-ice excellence upon which The USA Hockey Foundation national women’s ice hockey award is based. A gifted scholar-athlete, Patty battled a rare blood disease for more than a year before passing away in 1990 at the age of 28. A loving mother and wife, she left behind her husband, Mark J. Sandt and an infant daughter, Serena.
Athletic excellence ran in the Kazmaier family, as her sister, Kathy, played college ice hockey at the University of New Hampshire and her father, Dick Kazmaier, a graduate of Princeton University, won the Heisman Trophy in 1951, beating out Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford.
Patty continued her father’s athletic and academic excellence at Princeton. A four-year varsity ice hockey letter-winner, Patty anchored the Princeton defense and led the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-82 through 1983-84), while earning multiple league honors.
A truly exceptional individual, Patty Kazmaier’s achievements in life and in sport will serve as an inspiration for all women who play ice hockey now and in the future.
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
The selection process commenced in February when NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by multiple coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the top-10 finalists. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.
The three finalists, including the recipient of the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, were then chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
Notes: Since the inception of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 1998, Wisconsin has had seven top-three finalists, while Northeastern has had five and Clarkson four ... Alina Mueller is the fourth player from Switzerland to be named a top-three finalist, joining goaltender Riitta Schaublin (2006), goaltender Florence Schelling (2012) and defender Lara Stalder (2017)
|Jaime Bourbonnais||Senior||Defense||Cornell University||Mississaugua, Ont.||ECAC|
|Lindsay Browning||Junior||Goaltender||Cornell University||Penfield, N.Y.||ECAC|
|Sarah Fillier||Sophomore||Forward||Princeton University||Georgetown, Ont.||ECAC|
|Aerin Frankel||Junior||Goaltender||Northeastern University||New York, N.Y.||Hockey East|
|Elizabeth Giguere||Junior||Forward||Clarkson University||Quebec City, Que.||ECAC|
|Emma Maltais||Junior||Forward||Ohio State University||Burlington, Ont.||WCHA|
|Alina Mueller||Sophomore||Forward||Northeastern University||Winterthur, Switzerland||Hockey East|
|Abby Roque||Senior||Forward||University of Wisconsin||Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.||WCHA|
|Sophie Shirley||Sophomore||Forward||University of Wisconsin||Saskatoon, Sask.||WCHA|
|Daryl Watts||Junior||Forward||University of Wisconsin||Toronto, Ont.||WCHA|