The 17th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch takes place tomorrow, March 22, and former winner Meghan Duggan will give the keynote speech at the event. Duggan, who captained the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award herself in 2011. She helped the U.S. Women bring home silver medals in the last two Winter Olympics and has represented Team USA in five International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships, winning gold four times.
The USA Hockey Foundation grants the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award every year to the top NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey player; who joins a list of names studded with Olympic athletes and advocates for the growth of women’s hockey. The three finalists for this year’s award include sophomore forward Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn./University of Minnesota), senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ontario/Clarkson University) and junior forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, Nova Scotia/Cornell University)
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JAMIE LEE RATTRAY
ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually awarded 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.
ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
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 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.
|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.|