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February 19, 2012
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Five Hockey East players nominated for Patty Kazmaier Award
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Northeastern's Florence Schelling was a Kazmeier Award finalist in 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirty players are among the list of nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. 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.

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.

The list of 30 nominated players includes 21 forwards, five defensemen and four goaltenders hailing from 15 different schools in all four NCAA Division I women's ice hockey leagues.

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, which will be announced live at the brunch ceremony in Duluth on March 17.

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.

A list of the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominees is below.

NOTES: All 34 NCAA Division I women's ice hockey head coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Each player had to be nominated by at least two coaches in order for her to make the official nomination list ... Among the 30 nominees are nine seniors, 12 juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with 12 nominees, while ECAC Hockey has eight, Hockey East has six and College Hockey America has five. Cornell University and the University of Minnesota lead all schools with four nominees each, while Mercyhurst College and the University of Wisconsin each have three; Boston College, Harvard University, North Dakota, Northeastern and Robert Morris each have two; and Bemidji State University, Boston University, Clarkson University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Ohio State University and St. Lawrence University each have one ... Twelve of the nominated players were also nominated in 2011, including top-10 finalists Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Cornell Univ.), Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont./Cornell Univ.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Id./Univ. of Wisconsin) and Noora Räty (Espoo, Finland/Univ. of Minnesota), who was also a top-3 finalist in 2010. Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man./Mercyhurst College) and Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switzerland/Northeastern University) were top-10 finalists in 2010 ... The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for 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 ... Julie Chu, winner of the award in 2007 as a senior with Harvard University and three-time Olympian, will be the keynote speaker for the award brunch and Laura Kennedy, a sports anchor and reporter for WDIO (ABC) in Duluth, Minn., will serve as the master of ceremonies ... For more information and to sign up for the Kaz Connection, a free monthly e-newsletter dedicated solely to the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, please visit PattyKaz.com ... The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported in part by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominees
Name Pos Yr School Hometown
Christine Bestland F So. Mercyhurst College Brunkild, Man.
Blake Bolden D Jr. Boston College Stow, Ohio
Megan Bozek D Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Bailey Bram F Sr. Mercyhurst College Ste. Anne, Man.
Alex Carpenter F Fr. Boston College Reading, Mass.
Kendall Coyne F Fr. Northeastern Univ. Palos Heights, Ill.
Brianna Decker F Jr. Univ. of Wisconsin Dousman, Wis.
Jillian Dempsey F Jr. Harvard Univ. Winthrop, Mass.
Laura Fortino D Jr. Cornell Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Thea Imbrogno F So. Robert Morris Univ. Etobicoke, Ont.
Haley Irwin F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Thunder Bay, Ont.
Brianne Jenner F So. Cornell Univ. Oakville, Ont.
Rebecca Johnston F Sr. Cornell Univ. Sudbury, Ont.
Amanda Kessel F So. Univ. of Minnesota Madison, Wis.
Hilary Knight F Sr. Univ. of Wisconsin Sun Valley, Id.
Jocelyne Lamoureux F Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls F/D Jr. Univ. of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D.
Josephine Pucci D Jr. Harvard Univ. Pearl River, N.Y.
Jamie Lee Rattray F So. Clarkson Univ. Kanata, Ont.
Noora Raty G Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Espoo, Finland
Alex Rigsby G So. Univ. of Wisconsin Delafield, Wis.
Lauriane Rougeau D Jr. Cornell Univ. Beaconsfield, Que.
Kelly Sabatine F Jr. St. Lawrence Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Florence Schelling G Sr. Northeastern Univ. Oberengstringen, Switz.
Jen Schoullis F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Erie, Pa.
Natalie Spooner F Sr. Ohio State Univ. Scarborough, Ont.
Kelley Steadman F Jr. Mercyhurst College Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Zuzana Tomcikova G Sr. Bemidji State Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia
Rebecca Vint F Fr. Robert Morris Univ. Caledon, Ont.
Jenn Wakefield F Sr. Boston Univ. Pickering, Ont.
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