With more than 250 Selects alums across Division-I men’s and women’s hockey, we highlight some of the standout performances from last week and other recent news with a closer look at the college landscape.
Selects Coach Annie Pankowski and alum Loren Gabel were named among the three finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award. Given to the most outstanding female in college hockey, the two will look to join Daryl Watts (2018) as Selects alumni who have gone on to receive the award. Additionally, Pankowski was also named WCHA Offensive Player of the Year while Gabel was named a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year as well.
After winning last year’s U-14 World Selects Invitational with the ‘05 West Coast Selects, Mark Johnson has been named WCHA Coach of the Year at Wisconsin. He led the Badgers to a 30-4-2 record (18-4-2 WCHA), a No. 2 national ranking and a berth in this weekend’s Final Faceoff Semifinals. The 30 wins are the most in the nation this season and in 16 seasons at Wisconsin, Johnson has a career record of 489-87-44, tying him with Jeff Sauer for the most wins by a Badger men’s or women’s hockey coach.
Yet another Badger, Kristen Campbell, was named WCHA Goalie of the Year and Ohio State defenseman Jincy Dunne was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Year. A big season for Wisconsin, as the team with the most active Selects alumni on its roster boasts an impressive national ranking and a wealth of year-end awards to go with it.
College Hockey America released its All-Conference team, listing Selects alum Jaycee Gebhard from Robert Morris University as a First-Team forward while a pair of Boston College Freshmen Cayla Barnes and Kelly Browne were also named to Hockey East’s All-Rookie Team.
The ECAC announced Mackenzie Lancaster as a finalist for the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year award. The award recognizes a leader from all 12 ECAC Hockey programs who has demonstrated excellence both on and off the ice. Players nominated for this prestigious award must maintain a 3.5 GPA, while also making an impact with their play on the ice.
Yearly awards have not yet been announced for men’s college hockey but conference tournament action is slated to begin this weekend, with 132 active alumni competing in their respective playoffs. The NCAA tournament will begin later this month and many schools still hoping to punch their ticket to the big dance with a conference championship.
Former ‘98 East Coast Selects-Q and current Boston University alternate captain, Chad Krys became the first Terrier defenseman since 1971 to record two goals and three assists in a game. The junior had a hand in all five goals in BU’s 5-1 victory over Merrimack on Saturday. That performance earned him ECAC Player of the Week honors.
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