Clarkson's Giguere Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist
POTSDAM - For the second straight year, Clarkson all-star forward Elizabeth Giguere has been named a Top 10 Finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor, announced today by the USA Hockey Foundation, is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, and this year will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at Royal Sonseta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, March 21, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Boston University. The nation's leading goal scorer and second in the country in points, Giguere followed up her spectacular first two seasons with another standout campaign in 2019-20. A junior right wing, she has scored 30 goals (four more than any other player in Division I) and posted 57 points through 32 games entering the final regular-season weekend. A two-time All-American and USCHO.com Player of the Year last season, Giguere has amassed 201 career points on 83 goals and 118 assists through just 127 games. The Quebec City, Quebec native is just 13 points shy of breaking Clarkson's all-time points mark of 213, currently held by 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award winner, Loren Gabel '19. Giguere was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for November and January, and is a two-time winner of the league's Player of the Week honor this season (12/2, 1/27). She was named NCAA First Star of the Week once (1/28) and was MVP of the Windjammer Class (11/30). Giguere ranks first in the ECAC in goals, assists (27) and points, and leads ECAC Hockey and ranks tied for first in the NCAA in game-winning goals with eight She participates annually in Clarkson's Skate with a Knight and Potsdam Community Clean-Up along with Volunteering at various events at Potsdam Elementary School, including Power of Positivity. Giguere takes part in volunteer opportunities with local youth programs such as, Smart Cookies Enriched Program and Clarkson Women's Hockey Lil' Knights Club. She has a 2.99 GPA while majoring in global supply chain management.
10 AWARD FINALISTS The 2020 ten finalists include: senior defender Jaime Bourbonnais (Mississaugua, Ont./Cornell University), junior goaltender Lindsay Browning (Penfield, N.Y./Cornell University), sophomore forward Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University), junior goaltender Aerin Frankel (New York, N.Y./Northeastern University), junior forward Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, Que./Clarkson University), junior forward Emma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University), sophomore forward Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland/Northeastern University), senior forward Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./University of Wisconsin), sophomore forward Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin) and junior forward Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont./University of Wisconsin).
SELECTION PROCESS The selection process commenced earlier this month when NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by multiple coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the ten finalists. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.
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 Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.