15th Annual Award to be Presented March 17 in Duluth, Minn.
Northeastern's Florence Schelling is a Top Three Finalist for the 2012 Kazmaier Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior forwards Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis./University of Wisconsin) and Jocelyne Lamoureux (Grand Forks, N.D./University of North Dakota) and senior goaltender Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switz./Northeastern University) have been named the three finalists for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations. The award, which is in its 15th year, is given out annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA
Division I women's ice hockey.
The trio represents two NCAA Divsion I women's ice hockey conferences - Hockey East (Schelling) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (Decker, Lamoureux).
The 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations, will be handed out at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn., in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 16 & 18).
A limited number of tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1169 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.
Brianna Decker - Univ. of Wisconsin
Junior - Forward - 37GP, 36-42--78
In leading the top-seeded Badgers into the NCAA tournament, Decker paces the nation with 36 goals this season and ranks second in the country with 78 points. In Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, Decker tallied 54 points (20-34) in 28 conference games en route to being named the WCHA Player of the Year and earning First Team All-WCHA honors. In 36 games this season, Decker has 33 multi-point games and ranks third in the nation with 2.14 points per game. As an alternate captain, Decker helped lead Wisconsin to the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll in 21-of-22 weeks this season. Decker has also recorded four hat tricks this season and has five game-winning goals.
Jocelyne Lamoureux - Univ. of North Dakota
Junior - Forward - 36GP, 34-48--82
Lamoureux is the first-ever top-three finalist from the University of North Dakota. As team captain for the Fighting Sioux, Lamoureux leads the nation in points (82), points per game (2.34) and assists (48), all of which broke the single-season school records. Her efforts helped lead North Dakota to its first NCAA tournament berth in program history. In WCHA play, Lamoureux paced the league in points (64), goals (27) and assists (37). Along with winning the league's regular-season scoring trophy, Lamoureux was named to the All-WCHA First Team and won the league's Student-Athlete of the Year award. This season, Lamoureux recorded 24 multi-point games, tallied three five-point games and collected her 200th career point in her 105th game.
Florence Schelling - Northeastern Univ.
Senior - Goaltender - 20-6-4; 1.42; .950
A unanimous selection as the Hockey East Player of the Year, Schelling finished league play with a 15-3-3 record and established a new Hockey East single-season record with her .956 save percentage. In addition, her 580 saves this season ranks sixth all-time among Hockey East goaltenders. Schelling, who had a 1.27 goals-against average in Hockey East play, posted 12 games with more than 30 saves and conceded one goal or fewer in 18 of 29 games. Nationally, Schelling is second in save percentage (.950) and shutouts (8) and fourth in goals-against average (1.42). She won the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month award in February and was a seven-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. Schelling was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2010.
NOTES: Brianna Decker is the fourth top-three finalist from the University of Wisconsin (Sara Bauer-2006-07; Jessie Vetter-2009; Meghan Duggan-2011). Sara Bauer won the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, Jessie Vetter won the award in 2009 and Meghan Duggan was last year's winner. Jocelyne Lamoureux is the first-ever top-three finalist from the University of North Dakota, while Florence Schelling is the third top-three finalist from Northeastern University (Brooke Whitney-2002-winner, Chanda Gunn-2004) ... For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit PattyKaz.com ... Julie Chu, winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2007 and three-time Olympian, will be the keynote speaker for the award brunch and Laura Kennedy, a sports anchor and reporter for WDIO (ABC) in Duluth, Minn., will serve as the master of ceremonies ... The 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by Easton Foundations, will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FastHockey.com ... USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on a free girls' skills clinic in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. The event will take place on March 17 at the Mars Lakeview Arena from 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT. A Try Hockey for Free clinic will follow from 5:30-6:30 p.m.