Feb. 9, 2004
Colorado Springs, Colo. - Princeton senior forward Gretchen Anderson was announced one of the top-10 candidates for The 2004 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Anderson becomes the third Tiger to be nominated for the award, following the likes of Ali Coughlin '99 and Andrea Kilbourne '03. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in women's collegiate varsity ice hockey each season.
Anderson, a native of Natick, Mass., ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (1.80) and is tied for seventh in scoring with 36 points (24-12) in 20 games played. She is second in the nation in goals scored (24) and goals per game (1.20), and is tied for third in the nation in game-winning goals (5). She ranks first on the Princeton squad in scoring, and in conference scoring, with 17 points (11-6) in 11 games. She ranks third in the ECAC in goal scoring (11), and is tied for sixth in the conference in point scoring (17) and has earned ECAC Player of the Week honors twice this season.
This year the award dinner, set for the evening of Saturday, March 27 at the Westin Providence Hotel (R.I.), will again be held in conjunction with the 2004 NCAA Women's Frozen Four, to take place on March 26 and 28, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, home of the American Hockey League's (AHL) Providence Bruins.
The finalists, as well as the recipient of The 2004 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-member selection committee comprised of women's intercollegiate varsity ice hockey coaches, representatives of the print and broadcast media, and a representative of USA Hockey, the National Governing Body for the sport of hockey in the United States. Candidates for the award must compete for a women's intercollegiate varsity ice hockey team at an NCAA-member institution. Other selection criteria include; outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration will also be given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
The three finalists for the award will be announced March 15.
Now in its seventh year, the award was first presented to forward Brandy Fisher (University of New Hampshire) in 1998. Other recipients include two-time U.S. Olympian A.J. Mleczko (Harvard University) in 1999, goaltender Ali Brewer (Brown University) in 2000, and forward Brooke Whitney (Northeastern University) in 2002. Last year, two-time Canadian Olympian Jennifer Botterill (Harvard University), became the first recipient to be honored with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award twice, after also winning the award in 2001.
The award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman for the Princeton University women's ice hockey team from 1981-82 through 1985-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-82 through 1983-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990 at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.
The 2004 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Candidates are Anderson, Nicole Corriero (Harvard), Natalie Darwitz (Minnesota), Chanda Gunn (Northeastern), Kelli Halcisak (Providence), Caroline Ouellette (Minnesota-Duluth), Jenny Potter (Minnesota-Duluth), Angela Ruggiero (Harvard), Shari Vogt (MSU-Mankato) and Krissy Wendell (Minnesota).