March 28, 2013
USCHO Releases: Player of the Year | Rookie of the Year | Coach of the Year
This week United State College Hockey Online announced a clean sweep of their end of the year awards by the University of Minnesota. Amanda Kessel and Noora Raty were named Co-Players of the Year, while Hannah Brandt was tagged Rookie of the Year. Head coach Brad Frost received Coach of the Year for guiding the Golden Gophers to an undefeated season.
Kessel, who won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, led the nation in scoring with 101 points (46g-55a) to become only the fourth player in NCAA history to reach the century mark in a season. The junior forward played in 37 games and averaged 2.66 points per game. The Madison, Wis. native battled nagging injuries all season but finished with 28 multi-point games. She was also tagged WCHA Player of the Year and named a First Team All-American.
Räty, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist, posted a perfect 38-0-0 record and broke a number of season and career NCAA records. The Finnish native completed her career with an NCAA record 114 wins. The senior goaltender broke the single and career shutouts records by tallying 17 this season and 43 in her four-year career. She had a goals against average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .956, which is a new NCAA record. Räty was also tagged the WCHA Goaltending Champion and named a First Team All-American.
Brandt, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist, was second in the nation in scoring to only Kessel with 82 points (33g-49a). The Hill-Murray High School graduate broke the Minnesota record for points by a freshman and was just shy of breaking Julie Chu's national record (93 points). She also fell short on breaking Chu's record for assists by a freshman (51). The freshman was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and received All-WCHA First Team honors.
Frost orchestrated the Gophers to a 41-0-0 record and the first-ever perfect season in NCAA history. After winning their final eight games to claim the 2012 National Championship, the sixth year coach led his team to back-to-back titles and an NCAA record 49-game winning streak. He was also tagged WCHA Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
USCHO's D-I Women's Awards are voted on by the D-I columnist and editor. Still to come this week are the All-USCHO first, second, third, and all-rookie teams.