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Duggan, Knight named top 10 finalists for Patty Kazmaier award

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Senior captain Meghan Duggan

March 3, 2011

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) are among the top 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the USA Hockey Foundation announced today.

This year marks the 14th annual presentation of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given 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.

The Patty Kazmaier award selection process began in late February, when NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by two or more coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the top 10 finalists.

The top 10 finalists will be narrowed to three by a 13-member selection committee comprised of NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of the print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey. The three finalists will be named March 10.

2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalists
 Name  Year Position School
 Meghan Agosta  Senior  Forward
 Vicki Bendus
 Meghan Duggan
 Senior  Forward
 Laura Fortino  Sophomore  Defenseman
 Haley Irwin  Junior  Forward  Minnesota Duluth
 Rebecca Johnston  Junior  Forward  Cornell
 Hilary Knight  Junior  Forward  Wisconsin
 Noora Räty  Sophomore  Goaltender  Minnesota
 Molly Schaus  Senior  Goaltender  Boston College
 Kelli Stack  Senior  Forward  Boston College

Junior forward Hilary Knight

Including Duggan and Knight, 10 Badgers have been named finalists for the award 12 times. This year marks the fifth time multiple Badgers have been in the top 10 together. Most recently, Knight, Erika Lawler and Jessie Vetter were all 2009 top 10 finalists.

Wisconsin’s top 10 finalists include Sara Bauer (2006, 2007), Duggan (2011), Molly Engstrom (2005), Meghan Hunter (2001), Knight (2009, 2011), Lawler (2009), Carla MacLeod (2005), Meaghan Mikkelson (2007), Bobbi-Jo Slusar (2006) and Vetter (2009).

Bauer and Vetter are Wisconsin’s two Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners. Bauer took home the award in 2006 and Vetter in 2009.

The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be presented at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 18 & 20).

Tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. The ceremony will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

 Meghan Duggan  ▪  #7  ▪  Captain  ▪  Senior  ▪  Forward  ▪  Danvers, Mass.
 Leads the nation with 79 points ... Ranks second nationally with 44 assists, 2.19 points per game, 1.22 assists per game and 11 power-play goals ... Ranks second in the nation in goals (35) and short-handed goals (3), and fifth with 0.94 goals per game ... Leads the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranks second with 27 goals ... Has five game-winning goals ... Holds a +65 rating in 36 games ... Recorded 57 points during a UW program-best 25-game point streak (Oct. 22-Feb. 4) ... Ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads UW with 230 career points ... Became seventh player all-time and first UW player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists ... Became 13th player all-time and second UW player to reach 200 career points ... Has 25 multi-point games, including eight multi-goal games ... Team captain ... Biology major ... Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week ... Volunteered at UW Kids Clinic ... Volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital ... Volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Johnson on Duggan: "Meghan is probably the best two-way player, not only in the country, but in the world. It’s been a breakout year for her from a statistics standpoint as far as goal-scoring and assists. I think what happened last year at the Olympics really continued her development. You look at the captains that we’ve had here and the leadership we’ve had from different players over the course of time, and she is probably the best one we’ve had in all those categories. One of the reasons we’re in the position we’re in right now is because of her leadership and what she does on the ice, and probably more importantly, what she does off the ice."
 Hilary Knight  ▪  #23  ▪  Assistant Captain  ▪  Junior  ▪  Forward  ▪  Sun Valley, Idaho
Leads the nation with 46 goals and ranks fifth in NCAA single-season history ... Leads the nation with 1.28 goals per game, while ranking third with 75 points, 2.08 points per game and eight game-winning goals ... Leads the WCHA with 29 goals and ranks third with 50 points ... Has eight power-play goals and two short-handed goals ... Holds a +53 rating in 36 games ... Currently on an 22-game point streak (Dec. 10-Feb. 26) ... Has 23 multi-point games, including 15 multi-goal games ... Became first UW player to reach 100 career goals ... WCHA Preseason Player of the Year ... Three-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week ... Assistant captain ... History major ... Volunteered with UW Kids Clinic ... Visited local school Thoreau Elementary
 Johnson on Knight: "With Hilary, her greatest strength as a player is her shot. She is a classic power forward and has a great knack for getting the puck in the net, but she also does things on the defensive end. She’s probably one of the best shot-blockers in our league. Whether she’s killing a penalty or on the power play or out there five-on-five, anytime she is on the ice, she is a threat. Her statistics speak for themselves. I think she has 46 goals now, and there are not many kids that will go a season and have the chance to score 50 goals. That in itself says a lot about who she is and what she represents."

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 lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

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