COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Minnesota forward Taylor Heise (Lake City, Minn.) was named the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient, the USA Hockey Foundation announced today. The senior was the 25th all-time recipient of the honor, which is awarded annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
"We are absolutely thrilled for Taylor, her family, teammates and our program," said University of Minnesota head coach Brad Frost. "She had a year that we will all remember and is very deserving of the Patty Kazmaier award. Taylor embodies what Patty was all about and we are so happy for her. To add her name to the likes of Krissy Wendell and Amanda Kessel, as past winners from the University of Minnesota, speaks volumes to the season that Taylor had."
An alternate captain who helped the Gophers to a 29-9-1 record in 2021-22, Heise’s play helped spark Minnesota’s high-powered offense all season. The senior wrapped the year leading the NCAA in both total points (66) and points per game (1.69), while ranking second in goals (29) and sixth in assists (37).
Heise was tabbed an AHCA First Team All-American, while also earning WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Offensive Player of the Year honors in helping her team to the WCHA regular-season title. She was named HCA National Player of the Month in November and WCHA Forward of the Month on three occasions (Nov., Jan., Feb.).
Off the ice, the Lake City, Minnesota, native is a WCHA All-Academic Team honoree and spends her time giving back to the community. Heise coached and ran drills during the Minnesota Wild’s Girls in Hockey Weekend, while also volunteering at the Blaine Fire Department Food Donation Drive and at Bluff View Elementary School reading books to children.
Heise was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award from a group of three finalists that included senior forward Gabbie Hughes of the University of Minnesota Duluth and Sophie Jaques a senior defender from Ohio State.
NOTES: Heise is the 25th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award… Heise is the third Gopher to win the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, joining Amanda Kessel (2013) and Krissy Wendell (2005) … The recipient of the 2022 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, was chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, and an at-large member and representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.
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. 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the award. For a full list of previous honorees, click HERE.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.
|2022||Taylor Heise||University of Minnesota||Forward||Lake City, Minn.|
|2021||Aerin Frankel||Northeastern University||Goaltender||Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.|
|2020||Elizabeth Giguere||Clarkson University||Forward||Quebec City, Que.|
|2019||Loren Gabel||Clarkson University||Forward||Kitchener, Ont.|
|2018||Daryl Watts||Boston College||Forward||Toronto, Ont.|
|2017||Ann-Renee Desbiens||University of Wisconsin||Goaltender||La Malbaie, Que.|
|2016||Kendall Coyne||Northeastern University||Forward||Palos Heights, Ill.|
|2015||Alex Carpenter||Boston College||Forward||North Reading, Mass.|
|2014||Jamie Lee Rattray||Clarkson University||Forward||Kanata, Ont.|
|2013||Amanda Kessel||University of Minnesota||Forward||Madison, Wis.|
|2012||Brianna Decker||University of Wisconsin||Forward||Dousman, Wis.|
|2011||Meghan Duggan||University of Wisconsin||Forward||Danvers, Mass.|
|2010||Vicki Bendus||Mercyhurst College||Forward||Wasaga Beach, Ont.|
|2009||Jessie Vetter||University of Wisconsin||Goaltender||Cottage Grove, Wis.|
|2008||Sarah Vaillancourt||Harvard University||Forward||Sherbrooke, Que.|
|2007||Julie Chu||Harvard University||Forward||Fairfield, Conn.|
|2006||Sara Bauer||University of Wisconsin||Forward||St. Catharines, Ont.|
|2005||Krissy Wendell||University of Minnesota||Forward||Brooklyn Park, Minn.|
|2004||Angela Ruggiero||Harvard University||Defenseman||Harper Woods, Mich.|
|2003||Jennifer Botterill||Harvard University||Forward||Winnipeg, Man.|
|2002||Brooke Whitney||Northeastern University||Forward||Snohomish, Wash.|
|2001||Jennifer Botterill||Harvard University||Forward||Winnipeg, Man.|
|2000||Ali Brewer||Brown University||Goaltender||Racine, Wis.|
|1999||A.J. Mleczko||Harvard University||Forward||Nantucket, Mass.|
|1998||Brandy Fisher||University of New Hampshire||Forward||Potsdam, N.Y.|