Future Badger Karley Sylvester is one of five finalists for the 2011 Minnesota Ms. Hockey award, Let's Play Hockey newspaper announced. Sylvester remained a candidate for the award after the field of 10 semifinalists was narrowed to the top five this week.
The Ms. Hockey award is presented annually to the top senior girls' high school hockey player in Minnesota. In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Ms. Hockey Award include academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.
Sylvester, a forward for Warroad High School, has 29 goals and 41 assists for 70 points through 23 games (as of Feb. 16) this season. The Little Falls, Minn., native signed a National Letter of Intent and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin and play hockey for the Badgers beginning in the 2011-12 season.
The top five Ms. Hockey finalists include four forwards and one defenseman. In addition to their on-ice performance, all five finalists are standouts in the classroom as they check in with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.63. The finalists will each continue their academic and hockey careers at a WCHA university next season.
Top 5 Minnesota Ms. Hockey Award finalists
Rachael Bona, Forward, Coon Rapids (Minnesota)
Taylor Kuehl, Forward, Mound Westonka (Ohio State)
Meghan Lorence, Forward, Irondale (Minnesota)
Rachel Ramsey, Defense, Minnetonka (Minnesota)
Karley Sylvester, Forward, Warroad (Wisconsin)
The winner of the 2011 Minnesota Ms. Hockey award will be announced at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 11:30 a.m., at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
The Ms. Hockey Award and the Senior Goalie of the Year Award are sponsored by Let's Play Hockey, the Minnesota Wild and Shock Doctor and DCS Image.