Three Badgers among 30 Patty Kazmaier nominees


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<b>Hilary Knight was a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist in both her sophomore and junior years. </b>

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Hilary Knight was a Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist in both her sophomore and junior years.
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Feb. 21, 2012

2012 UW Patty Kazmaier Nominees  |  Patty Kazmaier Home  |  USA Hockey Release

MADISON, Wis. – Three Badgers were among 30 players announced as nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, USA Hockey announced on Monday.

Senior forward Hilary Knight, junior forward Brianna Decker and sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby were the three Wisconsin women’s hockey players that made the list of nominees. The nomination is the third for Hilary Knight, second for Decker and first for Rigsby.

An award for The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

In her final season at Wisconsin, Knight entered the year as the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year. She is currently the all-time points leader at UW and fourth all-time in NCAA DI women’s hockey history with 256 career points.

Knight currently leads the nation with eight game-winning goals, is 16th in the country with 1.59 points per game, scoring 28 goals and 26 assists in 34 games. She posted an 11-game scoring streak, between Oct. 29 – Dec. 10, 2011, totaling 14 goals and nine assists. On the season the senior has 15 multi-point games, six multi-goal games and six multi-assist games. She has scored two hat tricks and had a six-point game against St. Cloud State on Feb. 11.
 
After posting an 80-point season last year, Decker is currently second in the nation in goals (32) and points (72), while third in the country with 2.12 points per game. Earlier this season she set Wisconsin’s record for longest scoring streak at 32 consecutive games with at least one point.

So far this year she has had 23 multi-point games, eight multi-goal games, 11 multi-assist games and has scored four hat tricks.

Earning the starting spot in net as a sophomore, Rigsby currently leads the nation with a .950 save percentage and is second with 890 total saves. Her 1.42 goals against average is the best in the country among goaltenders with more than 15 games played, and second-best among all goaltenders.

While third in the country in minutes played, she has the most wins (29) among all netminders. Rigsby became the second goalie in UW history to record 1000 saves in just her first two years of competition. She also set the program record for most saves in a single season, doing so in just 30 games.

The 34 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey head coaches will select the top-10 finalists from among the group of 30 nominees, with the announcement taking place on March 1. A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists, announced March 8, as well as the award recipient.

Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be awarded at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.

Tickets to the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form, located at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

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