March 22, 2013
The American Hockey Coaches Association named Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel and Noora Raty 2013 CCM Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Americans on Thursday night. The Golden Gophers' head coach Brad Frost was also tagged the ACHA Division I Women's Coach of the Year for 2012-13. All three Gophers were named to the First Team.
Bozek, who is second among defenseman in scoring this season, was also named a First Team All-American last season. The senior from Buffalo Grove, Ill. is also a Top-Three Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. She has made her mark on the Gopher hockey program by setting nearly every defensive season and career scoring record.
Kessel, who leads the nation in scoring with 97 points, was a Second Team honoree last season. The junior forward is also a Top-Three Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. This season she became only the 24th player in NCAA history to reach the 200-career point mark and only the ninth for do so in three seasons. If Kessel tallies three more points this year, she will become only the fourth player in NCAA history to record 100 points in a single season.
Räty, who is top in the nation in goals against average and save percentage, is receiving her third All-American accolade after being named First Team in 2010 and Second Team in 2011. The Finnish native is only the second player in Minnesota history to receive three All-America honors during her career. This season she has inked herself into the NCAA record books by breaking the career records for wins and shutouts. Räty also set the NCAA record for shutouts in a season.
Minnesota has now had 27 players in program history named to an All-American team. This is only the second time that the Maroon & Gold have had three players receive the honor in a season.
Frost garners his first National Coach of the Year honor and the fourth in program history (Laura Halldorson - 1998, 2002 and 2004). The sixth-year coach has conducted the Maroon & Gold to a spotless 39-0-0 season, including the first undefeated regular season in NCAA history. Frost was also named WCHA Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
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