Two Minnesotans among Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalists
The top-10 finalists for the 25th annual Patty Kazmaier award have been announced. Find out who made the list and when the award will be given out.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The top-10 finalists for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award have been revealed.
This is the 25th year that the honor has been presented, going back to 1998. The award is given out annually to the top play in Division I women's ice hockey. The top-three finalists will be announced on March 8 with the actual winner of the title being announced on March 18 during the Women's Frozen Four in Duluth.
Taylor Heise of Minnesota won the award last year in 2022 and is a possibility to repeat again in 2023. Only one skater (Jennifer Botterill / Harvard) has ever won the award twice. Find out more about the history of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the finalists below.
Pia Dukaric, G, Soph., Yale
- Dukaric, a 22-year-old sophomore from Slovenia, has had an outstanding year with No. 2 Yale. Over 31 games, the 5-foot-8 goaltender has posted a .939 save-percentage with a 1.29 goals-against-average and has lost only two games this entire season. Dukaric is second in the entire NCAA for win percentage (.919) and goals-against-average and is third in save-percentage and shutouts (8). The Slovenian has volunteer experience in the hockey world back in her home country and has been a mentor to other Europeans who choose to play college hockey in America.
Dukaric Named Top-10 Finalist for Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award— Yale Women’s Hockey (@YaleWHockey) March 2, 2023
READ ➡️ https://t.co/vSQyMYQkj4#ThisIsYale pic.twitter.com/ZJ5LrxewQb
Jennifer Gardiner, F, Sr., Ohio State
- The senior forward, originally from Surrey, British Columbia, is fifth in the entire NCAA in points this year with 54. She is a top-10 skater in goals (21), assists (33), and total points-per-game (1.50). Gardiner is a part of the WCHA All-Academic team and volunteers with the Columbus Blue Jackets' Hockey For Her program along with reading to second grade students in her spare time.
🔝🔟 nationally in points, assists/game + points/game— Ohio State Women's Hockey (@OhioStateWHKY) March 2, 2023
🚨 18 multi-point games
➕36 on the year@jenngardiner12 is a 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗞𝗮𝘇𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗽 𝟭𝟬 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 👏#GoBucks | https://t.co/tZtbPcGT88 pic.twitter.com/hQGuW96s8y
Taylor Heise, F, Fifth Yr., Minnesota
- Heise will be looking to go back-to-back this year after winning the Patty Kazmaier award in 2022. The fifth year forward from Lake City, Minn., leads the NCAA in both goals (29) and points-per-game (1.77). She also ranks in the top-five for short-handed goals (4), power-play goals (7), game-winning goals (5), and assists (33). Heise is the WCHA Forward of the Year, an All-Academic Team member, Minnesota team captain, and spends her free time volunteering in elementary schools and various other settings.
Sophie Jaques, D, Gr., Ohio State
- Jaques leads the entire NCAA in points by a defender (46) and has helped propel Ohio State to the No. 1 spot in the nation. The Toronto native leads all defenders in the nation power-play goals (8) and even-strength goals (22). WCHA Defender of the Year and All-Academic Team. Reads to second grade students in her free time and is the vice president of SHERO's; an organization that supports female student-athletes and promotes diversity in various sports.
▪️ Highest scoring defender for 2nd straight season— Ohio State Women's Hockey (@OhioStateWHKY) March 2, 2023
▪️ 8 PPG on the Buckeyes' top- ranked power play
▪️ Helped hold opponents to 1.78 goals/game@_sophiejaques is a 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗞𝗮𝘇𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗼𝗽 𝟭𝟬 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 for the 2nd time 👏#GoBucks | https://t.co/tZtbPcGT88 pic.twitter.com/h5EepqSPGM
Alina Mueller, F, Gr., Northeastern
- Mueller, a native of Winterthur, Switzerland, is the first of three Northeastern players on the list. She is fourth in the NCAA in total points (56) and is first in the nation in game-winning goals (9). Mueller is also top-ten in even-strength goals (25), points-per-game (1.60), and assists (31). Named Hockey East's player of the Year and is the Huskies team captain. Volunteers as a youth hockey coach and in the university's movement neuroscience lab.
The captain — Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) March 2, 2023
A five-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist, Alina Mueller.
📰: https://t.co/8goSYe6bkk#KazMoneyMueller | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/hqtDHBj1Mu
Maureen Murphy, F, Gr., Northeastern
- Murphy, originally from Buffalo, New York, has 50 points this year over 30 games (Eighth in NCAA). She is third in points-per-game with 1.67 and game-winning goals (5). Named The Beanpot MVP, team captain. Volunteers as a youth hockey coach and also helps out as an event organizer with Vs. Cancer and with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.
Built for the bright lights.— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) March 2, 2023
For the first time in her career, Maureen Murphy is a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist.
📰: https://t.co/8goSYe6bkk#ScoreenMurphyForKaz | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/NTz1Bl4s9h
Gwyneth Philips, G, Sr., Northeastern
- Philips, a senior goaltender, has helped push Northeastern to a top-five spot in the national polls. She leads the entire NCAA in win-percentage (.926), save-percentage (.960), and goals-against-average (0.80). She is second in the nation in total shutouts with 10. Named the top netminder at The Beanpot and is a finalist for the HCA Women's Goaltender of the Year. Donates money to dog shelters and helps to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Philips is originally from Athens, Ohio.
The best goaltender in the country.— Northeastern Women’s Hockey (@GoNUwhockey) March 2, 2023
Gwyneth Philips is a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist.
📰: https://t.co/8goSYe6bkk#gWYNtheKaz | #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/ZOLcfifykO
Danielle Serdachny, F, Sr., Colgate
- The senior forward leads the entire NCAA in points (65) and assists (43). Serdachny is also second in points-per-game (1.76) and game-winning goals (6). Team captain. Originally from Edmonton. Has extensive volunteer experience, which includes co-founding Rising Raiders which helps to mentor girls hockey players in New York. Has done many other volunteer opportunities including helping out at local elementary schools, giving out free youth skating lessons, and organizing inclusive learn to skate programs for those with disabilities.
Patty Kazmaier top 10!#WePlayFree | https://t.co/G8WQjV4AiI pic.twitter.com/Whvu5BVGcq— Colgate Women’s Hockey (@ColgateWIH) March 2, 2023
Kiara Zanon, F, Jr., Penn State
- Zanon, a junior forward from Fairport, New York, is tenth in the NCAA in points (48) and leads the entire league in short-handed goals (5). Was named CHA Player of the Year and CHA Scoring Champion. Team captain. Has extensive volunteer experience which spans from reading at a local elementary school, to helping out with Night to Shine, Pink Zone, and giving back out on the ice as well.
NO ONE BETTER IN 2022-23🤩— Penn State Women’s Hockey (@PennStateWHKY) March 1, 2023
Kiara Zanon earns CHA Player of the Year honors after a 48-point (25G, 23A) season. 🤯This is Zanon’s second CHA Player of the Year honor as she took home the same title in her 2020-21 campaign.
🔗 https://t.co/HgoWg4Ept2#WeAre pic.twitter.com/0BlaBR0CTj
Grace Zumwinkle, F, Fifth Yr., Minnesota
- Zumwinkle, from Excelsior, Minn., is third in the NCAA in points (58) and is first-place in the league for game-winning goals (9). Is top-five in points-per-game (1.66), goals (25), and assists (32). WCHA All-Academic Team. Team captain. Volunteers with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and also spends time with Loaves & Fishes, Special Olympics MN and Feed My Starving Children.