Minnesota women's ice hockey senior goaltender Sidney Peters was named the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award winner Friday night at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minnesota. The annual honor recognizes college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service.
Peters closed out her Gophers career posting a 1.93 goals against average with four shutouts and 602 total saves in 2017-18. She started 27 games this year and led Minnesota to the national quarterfinals in the 2018 NCAA tournament.
In four years, Peters has gone 49-14-6 in net for the Gophers and stands in the top five in program history in victories, shutouts, goals against average and saves. She was a starter for each of the past two seasons and was part of Minnesota's back-to-back national championships in 2015 and 2016.
Off the ice, Peters has volunteered nearly 800 hours toward community outreach programs including an eight-day 2016 trip to Haiti through Project Medishare where she volunteered at the nation's only critical care and trauma hospital.
According to Minnesota Athletics, her other local initiatives included volunteering with Special Olympics Minnesota, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, Minneapolis Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Courage Kenny wheelchair basketball, Athletes in Action, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Playworks, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Special Hockey and Girls and Women in Sports Day.
A Kinesiology major, Peters aims to attend medical school in fall 2018 to help in her goal to eventually work for the Air Force.
Peters is the 23rd winner in the award's history. She was named one of five finalists on Feb. 5. The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation will make a donation to a charity of choice for all five finalists.