March 1, 2012
• USA Hockey Release | Knight's profile | Decker's profile
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker join eight of the nation’s top women’s hockey players as the top-10 finalists for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the USA Hockey foundation announced today.
This marks the 15th annual presentation of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, giving annually 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.
Hilary Knight has made a big impact at Wisconsin of the course of her four years in the program. The senior captain from Sun Valley, Idaho sits as the all-time points leader at UW and fourth all-time in NCAA DI women’s hockey history with 258 career points. Knight holds three other career records, sits in the top-10 in two others and holds three single-season records at Wisconsin. Knight recorded an 11-game scoring streak (Oct. 29 – Dec. 10) totaling 14 goals and nine assists. She also has six multi-point games, six multi-goals games and seven multi-assist games this season.
Earlier this year, Knight was named the WCHA Preseason Player of the Year and has continued her strong play throughout the season. Knight leads the nation this season with eight game-winning goals, and is fourth in the nation, first in the conference, with three shorthanded goals. She is 17th in the nation with 1.56 points per game, scoring 28 goals and 28 assists in 36 games. Knight has been on the ice for 82 UW goals, including 32 power-play goals and 13 game-winners this year. This is the third season (2009, 2011, 2012) Knight has been named as a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
Brianna Decker has had a stellar junior season for the Badgers, setting Wisconsin’s record for longest scoring streak at 32-consecutive games, while leading the nation with 35 goals and sits second with 77 points. The junior assistant captain also sits at third in the nation with 2.14 points per game and is eighth in the country with five game-winning goals. Decker has had an impressive 24 multi-point games, 12 multi-assist games and nine multi-goal games this season, including scoring four hat tricks. The Dousman, Wis. native has been present on the ice for 111 Badger goals, including 30 power-play goals and 13 game-winners.
Along with Knight and Decker, 11 Badgers have been named finalists for the award 13 times, including 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award-winner, Meghan Duggan. This year marks the sixth time multiple Badgers have been in the top 10 together.
Wisconsin’s top 10 finalists include Sara Bauer (2006, 2007), Decker (2012), Duggan (2011), Molly Engstrom (2005), Meghan Hunter (2001), Knight (2009, 2011, 2012), Erika Lawler (2009), Carla MacLeod (2005), Meaghan Mikkelson (2007), Bobbi-Jo Slusar (2006), and Jessie Vetter (2009).
A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists, which will be announced March 8. The committee will also select this year’s recipient with the announcement taking place live at a brunch ceremony in Duluth, Minn. on March 17.