MINNEAPOLIS - Boston College junior forward Alex Carpenter has been named the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. Carpenter is the first Boston College player to earn women's college hockey's highest honor.
"A lot of hard work is needed on and off the ice, and to be able to represent Boston College by winning the Patty Kazmaier Award is unbelievable," Carpenter said. "I'm excited for my teammates, as well; this is a team award in my opinion. I'm also honored to be the first Patty Kazmaier winner from BC and proud to represent the University on this stage."
"It's a great moment for Alex and a great moment for our program," Boston College head coach Katie King Crowley said.
"I'm really proud of who Alex is, the player that she is and what she's done for our program. It's truly awesome moment for Alex and the Boston College hockey program."
Carpenter earns the Kazmaier, given the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey, after dominating the college hockey scene upon her return from earning a Silver medal with the U.S. Women's National Team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
This season, Carpenter led the nation in scoring with a career-high and Boston College single-season record 81 points in 37 games (2.19 points per game). Her 37 goals and 44 assists also lead the country in both categories, and she holds the national lead in game-winning goals with nine.
Carpenter's 81 points is the highest point total in all of Division I ice hockey this year -- women or men. With her 71st point against sixth-ranked Boston University on Feb. 21, Carpenter broke her own BC single-season points record, which she set in 2012-13.
The North Reading, Massachusetts native established a program record with a 25-game point streak that ran from Oct. 4 through Feb. 3, in which she amassed 62 points.
Carpenter recorded 26 multi-point games this season, including 16 games in which she tallied at least three points.
In addition to earning Hockey East Player of the Week honors four times (Dec. 15, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16, March 16), Carpenter was named WHEA Player of the Month in October and November. She also won Hockey East Player of the Year and garnered AHCA All-America First Team honors.
Carpenter powered the Eagles to a program best record (34-3-2) and a first number one ranking, a position the team held from November until the postseason. The junior assistant captain helped BC to a 20-0-1 undefeated Hockey East regular season, the league's first undefeated team since 2007-08. Boston College went 28 games undefeated to open the season before suffering its only loss on February 10.
Anchored by Carpenter's offensive prowess, the Eagles led the nation in scoring, averaging 5.00 goals per game -- half of a goal more than the second-best team -- and scoring margin (3.79 goals per game).
Carpenter was recently named alternate captain for Team USA in the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship in Malmo, Sweden, March 28 through April 4. It will be Carpenter's second appearance at the women's world championship tournament.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award of The USA Hockey Foundation is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Other selection criteria 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.