COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The USA Hockey Foundation today announced the top-10 finalists for the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor 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 Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire, on Saturday, March 19, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by the University of New Hampshire.
The top 10 finalists include: senior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie (North Dakota), senior forward Hannah Brandt (Minnesota), junior forward Dani Cameranesi (Minnesota), senior forward Alex Carpenter (Boston College), senior forward Kendall Coyne (Northeastern), junior goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens (Wisconsin), sophomore defenseman Megan Keller (Boston College), junior defenseman Kelsey Koelzer (Princeton), sophomore forward Annie Pankowski (Wisconsin), and senior forward Haley Skarupa (Boston College).
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 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 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-three finalists will be announced on Thursday, March 3.