Boston, Mass. (March 23, 2000) -- Ali Brewer (Racine,Wis.), a senior goaltender from Brown University, has been selected as the recipient of The 2000 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Texaco.
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is given annually to the women's intercollegiate varsity ice hockey player who displays the highest standards of personal and team excellence during the season.
Texaco is the Presenting Sponsor of The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and also supports other USA Hockey women's initiatives, including the 2001 International Ice Hockey Federations Women's World Championship and the USA Hockey Women's National Team Tour prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Brewer was honored at a dinner held earlier this evening at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Brewer was chosen from a group of four finalists that also included goaltender Sara DeCosta (Warwick, R.I.), a junior from Providence College; defenseman Tara Mounsey (Concord, N.H.), a junior from Brown University and forward Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.), a senior from the University of New Hampshire.
Brewer and the finalists of The 2000 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award were chosen by an 11-member selection committee comprised of women's intercollegiate varsity ice hockey coaches, representatives of the print and broadcast media, and a representative of USA Hockey, the National Governing Body for the sport of hockey in the United States.
Candidates for the award must compete for a women's intercollegiate varsity ice hockey team at an NCAA-member institution. Other 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.
"Texaco is proud to be a sponsor of USA Hockey and of our role as Presenting Sponsor of The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award; an Award that reflects Texaco's own commitment to excellence," said Polly Rua, Sr. Manager Sponsorships. "We congratulate all the candidates, especially Ali Brewer, who through their passion, hard work, dedication and continuous pursuit of excellence have demonstrated world-class performance."
"Ali Brewer has turned in an outstanding senior season for Brown University, and recognizing her with this honor is part of a fitting end to a remarkable collegiate career," said The USA Hockey Foundation President Walter L. Bush, Jr. (Edina, Minn.). "Her achievements truly reflect the qualities and accomplishments that The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award represents."
One of the most accomplished goaltenders in the history of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, Ali Brewer closed out the regular season in impressive fashion. She posted a 1.33 goals-against average, tops in the ECAC and third-best in the nation. Boasting a .942 save percentage, second-best in the country, Brewer registered 551 saves while allowing
only 34 goals.
The three-time ECAC/Heaton Goaltender of the Week posted an impressive 21-3-3 record during the regular season, earning as many victories as any other goaltender in women's college hockey. Her .833 overall winning percentage led the league.
She continued her winning ways in the ECAC playoffs, leading the Bears to the ECAC Playoff Championship. With a 5-0 victory against Niagara University in the quarterfinals, a 2-1 victory against Northeastern University in the semifinals, and a 6-3 championship game victory against Dartmouth College, Brewer improved her overall record to 24-3-3. She enters this weekend's American Women's College Hockey Alliance 2000 Division I Ice Hockey Championship with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage overall.
As the recipient of The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, supported in part by a grant from the NHL Foundation, Brewer was presented with a custom-designed award hand-crafted by Tiffany & Co.
The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League honoree for the Princeton University women's ice hockey team from 1981-82 through 1985-86. An accomplished athlete who excelled in ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse, Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990 at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.