Duggan named Kazmaier winner
Senior captain is third Badger to be honored with award
Senior forward Meghan Duggan has been named the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, honoring the Badger captain as the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, the USA Hockey Foundation announced Saturday morning.
Duggan accepted the 14th annual award at a brunch award ceremony at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four.
Duggan is the third Badger to receive the Patty Kazmaier award. Sara Bauer was Wisconsin's first honoree in 2006 and Jessie Vetter took home the award in 2009. Junior Hilary Knight joined Duggan in the top 10 finalists for this year's award.
Along with Duggan, fellow top-three finalists Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst and Kelli Stack of Boston College were honored at the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony. The top 10 finalists were also recognized.
Selection criteria for the Patty Kazmaier Award include 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.
Duggan was named a Division I Reebok Women's Hockey All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association earlier this week. She is also the 2011 WCHA Player of the Year, the WCHA Scoring Champion and an All-WCHA First Team honoree.
Duggan is currently tied for the national lead in points (86) and ranks second in the country in points per game (2.15), goals (39), assists (47), assists per game (1.18) and power-play goals (11). She also is third in short-handed goals (3), fourth in goals per game (0.97) and sixth in game-winning goals (6).
Duggan has rewritten the UW record book over her four-year career, most recently setting the UW single-season points record (86) with three points against Boston College in the national semifinal Friday night. Duggan is the Badgers' career leader in points (237), power-play goals (31) and plus-minus (+164), and she ranks second in goals (108), assists (129), short-handed goals (5) and shots (574).
Off the ice, Duggan is a biology major interested in medical school. This season, she has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, the Children's Hospital and Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. She has also participated in sled hockey and the annual UW Kids' Clinic.
The Badgers defeated Boston College 3-2 in the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinal round Friday night. Wisconsin will take on Boston University in the national championship game at noon ET Sunday.
About the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey each season. 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.
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 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.