April 7, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota women's hockey freshman forward Dani Cameranesi has been named the 2013-14 National Rookie of the Year, the Women’s Hockey Commissioners’ Association announced today. Cameranesi was selected as the first recipient of the award in a vote of assistant coaches at all 35 NCAA Division I ice hockey programs.
"Dani had an incredible year for us," head coach Brad Frost said. "She is an extremely hard worker with great speed. Dani is relentless both in her offensive pursuit and defensive back pressure. She scored big goals for us all year. More importantly, Dani is a great student and wonderful person."
Cameranesi had a productive year for Minnesota, which finished the season 38-2-1 and won both the regular season and tournament championships in the WCHA, eventually finishing as NCAA runners-up to Clarkson. In 41 games, Cameranesi scored 19 goals and added 17 assists for 36 points. She was the leading scorer among WCHA freshmen and finished tied for ninth among all league scorers.
The National Rookie of the Year award was established this season by the members of the newly created Women's Hockey Commissioners Association. A similar award is presented by the men's commissioners.
The ballot was made up of the conference Rookie of the Year selections. Each program playing NCAA Division I women's ice hockey received a ballot, with assistant coaches at each school submitting one ballot per school. Each school was asked to vote for three players in order (first, second, third). The runner-up for this year's award was Yale freshman forward Phoebe Staenz.
The final vote totals (first place votes in parentheses):
Dani Cameranesi, University of Minnesota Forward, 103 points (13)
Phoebe Staenz, Yale University Forward, 91 points (12)
Jessica Dodds, Robert Morris University Goaltender, 66 points (6)
Andie Anastos, Boston College Forward, 55 points (4)
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