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Fans can vote at WCHA.com through Oct. 8 to select the 20 best players in WCHA history
WCHA Launches Fan Voting For Its 20th Anniversary Team
Fans can vote at WCHA.com through Oct. 8 to select the 20 best players in WCHA history

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Oct. 1, 2018 – As it celebrates 20 Years of Excellence during the 2018-19 season, the Women’s League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) invites fans to help determine the 20 players, regardless of position, that will be recognized on the WCHA’s 20th Anniversary Team. Voting is open now at wcha.com and runs through 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 8 (limit of one vote per day, with a valid email address required).

“Everyone associated with the WCHA has been privileged to have some of the finest hockey players ever lace up their skates in our league,” said WCHA Vice President and Women’s League Commissioner Katie Million. “We also enjoy the honor of a truly passionate fan base. As we look to accomplish the near-impossible task of selecting just the 20 ‘best’ players in WCHA history, we hope our fans will help us out – and take a fun trip down memory lane in the process!”

Fans of the premier conference in women’s college hockey can choose their 20 favorite players from a list of 41 finalists, which includes, among many accolades: Olympians, Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, All-Americans, national champions and All-WCHA selections. The group of 41 was selected by the WCHA 20th Anniversary Team Committee from an initial list of 120 nominations, submitted by each of the WCHA’s eight all-time member institutions (Bemidji State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University, the University of North Dakota, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin). To be nominated, a player (forward, defenseman or goaltender) must have completed her collegiate eligibility at a WCHA institution. Nominees did not have to play a full four seasons in the WCHA; however, current student-athletes were not eligible.

The WCHA 20th Anniversary Team will be determined by 1/3 fan vote, 1/3 WCHA alumnae vote and 1/3 Committee vote (consisting of two WCHA Office staff, one former and two current head coaches and three alumnae). The 20 players will be revealed, one per week (except for the week of Dec. 24), for 20 weeks beginning the week of Oct. 15 and concluding the week of March 4, prior to the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the 41 finalists for the WCHA 20th Anniversary Team:

Player, Pos., School (Years played in the WCHA)
Sara Bauer, F, Wisconsin (2003-07)
Tessa Bonhomme, D, Ohio State (2003-05 and 2006-08)
Megan Bozek, D, Minnesota (2009-13)
Hannah Brandt, F, Minnesota (2012-16)
Winny Brodt, F, Minnesota (1999-2000 and 2002-03)
Dani Cameranesi, F, Minnesota (2013-17)
Rhonda Curtin, F/D, Minnesota (1999-2003)
Natalie Darwitz, F, Minnesota (2002-05)
Brianna Decker, F, Wisconsin (2009-13)
Ann-Renée Desbiens, G, Wisconsin (2013-17)
Meghan Duggan, F, Wisconsin (2006-09 and 2010-11)
Molly Engstrom, D, Wisconsin (2001-05)
Maggie Fisher, F, Minnesota State (2005-09)
Amber Fryklund, F, Bemidji State (1999-2003)
Erika Holst, F, Minnesota Duluth (1999-2003)
Courtney Kennedy, D, Minnesota (1999-2001)
Amanda Kessel, F, Minnesota (2010-13 and 2015-16)
Hilary Knight, F, Wisconsin (2007-09 and 2010-12)
Emma Laaksonen, D, Ohio State (2000-04)
Jocelyne Lamoureux, F, North Dakota (2008-09 at Minnesota, 2010-13)
Monique Lamoureux, D/F, North Dakota (2008-09 at Minnesota, 2010-13)
Erika Lawler, F, Wisconsin (2005-09)
Carla MacLeod, D, Wisconsin (2001-05)
Kim Martin, G, Minnesota Duluth (2006-09 and 2010-11)
Gigi Marvin, F, Minnesota (2005-09)
Nadine Muzerall, F, Minnesota (1999-2001)
Sarah Nurse, F, Wisconsin (2013-17)
Caroline Ouellette, F, Minnesota Duluth (2002-05)
Jenny Potter, F, Minnesota Duluth (1999-2000 and 2002-04)
Noora Räty, G, Minnesota (2009-13)
Alex Rigsby, G, Wisconsin (2010-14)
Maria Rooth, F, Minnesota Duluth (1999-2003)
Natalie Spooner, F, Ohio State (2008-12)
Roxanne Stang, F, St. Cloud State (2000-04)
Lee Stecklein, D, Minnesota (2012-13 and 2014-17)
Kelly Stephens, F, Minnesota (2001-05)
Zuzana Tomcikova, G, Bemidji State (2008-12)
Jessie Vetter, G, Wisconsin (2005-09)
Shari Vogt, G, Minnesota State (2000-04)
Kerry Weiland, D, Wisconsin (1999-2003)
Krissy Wendell, F, Minnesota (2002-05)