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March 3, 2011
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BC'S STACK AND SCHAUS NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2011 PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
Fourteenth Annual Award to Be Presented March 19 in Erie, Pa.
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BC's Molly Schaus and Kelli Stack have been named finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Hockey Foundation today announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, 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).

The 10 finalists are (in alphabetical order): senior forwards Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Mercyhurst College), Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont./Mercyhurst College) and Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass./Univ. of Wisconsin); sophomore defenseman Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Cornell Univ.); junior forwards Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Cornell Univ.) and Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho/Univ. of Wisconsin); sophomore goaltender Noora Räty (Espoo, Finland/Univ. of Minnesota); senior goaltender Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass./Boston College); and senior forward Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio/Boston College).

The top-10 class for the 14th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by LECOM, represents all four women's college conferences - College Hockey America, ECAC Hockey, Hockey East and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The 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 independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.

The three finalists, including the recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen 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 national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

The three finalists for this year's award will be announced on March 10.

NOTES: Among the 10 finalists are last year's winner Vicki Bendus and top-three finalist Noora Räty. Prior to taking the 2009-10 season off for the 2010 Olympics, Meghan Agosta was a top-three finalist in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Rebecca Johnston, Hilary Knight and Molly Schaus were all top-10 finalists in 2009 ... Six schools are respresented, including two finalists each from Boston College, Cornell University, Mercyhurst College and the University of Wisconsin ... Among the finalists are seven forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman, including five seniors, three juniors and two sophomores ... Tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600 ... Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies, while Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker. Halldorson was recently announced as the 2011 recipient of the American Hockey Coaches Association's Women's Ice Hockey Founders Award ... The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by LECOM, will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com ... USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on free girls' skills clinics in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. Both will take place on March 19, at Mercyhurst Ice Center with an American Development Model session set for 3-4 p.m. EST and a Try Hockey For Free clinic to take place from 4-5 p.m.

ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented 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 Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

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.

2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award FINALISTS
Name Pos Yr School Hometown
Meghan Agosta F Sr. Mercyhurst College Ruthven, Ont.
Vicki Bendus F Sr. Mercyhurst College Wasaga Beach, Ont.
Meghan Duggan F Sr. Univ. of Wisconsin Danvers, Mass.
Laura Fortino D So. Cornell Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Haley Irwin F Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Thunder Bay, Ont.
Rebecca Johnston F Jr. Cornell Univ. Sudbury, Ont.
Hilary Knight F Jr. Univ. of Wisconsin Sun Valley, Idaho
Noora Raty G So. Univ. of Minnesota Espoo, Finland
Molly Schaus G Sr. Boston College Natick, Mass.
Kelli Stack F Sr. Boston College Brooklyn Heights, Ohio
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